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Last updated 18th January 2022

Safeguarding Training Programme 2022


Due to the ongoing public health restrictions, face to face diocesan safeguarding training courses remain postponed until further notice.

The Leadership Pathway is now available via Zoom and the Foundation and Basic Awareness courses are still available online (to see which course you are required to complete, please see the information below.

Please also note there may be a hiatus between courses depending on the point you are visiting this page but we will always tell you when the next set of dates will be available. 

The Leadership Pathway

The Leadership Pathway is about leadership and cultural change, the people who participate should be those who play a lead role in shaping the culture of the Church body concerned. This will usually include:

  • Anyone holding the Bishop’s licence, commission, authorisation, or permission.
  • Cathedral Canons (who are not engaged in the Senior Leadership Pathway)
  • Safeguarding Officers in all Church bodies
  • Honorary Bishops
  • Teaching staff at Theological Education Institutions who are delivering the Leadership Pathway
  • Safeguarding Lead in TEIs
  • Bell Tower Captains and Safeguarding Leads within bell ringing groups (Clarification from the National Safeguarding Team: Tower Captains will undoubtedly shape the culture of the bell tower in which they are ringing, therefore they meet the criteria for participation in the Safeguarding Leadership Pathway. Safeguarding Officers within all church bodies are listed as required attendees for the Safeguarding Leadership Pathway and this would therefore include the safeguarding officer / lead of a bell ringing group.

Booking your course

New dates for leadership and PSO courses will be posted here at the end of January. Please keep checking back nearer the time. 

Course No


Time (both workshops)

Session 1

Session 2

Course xx xxxx xxxxxx xxxxxx xxxxxx
Course xx  xxxx xxxxxx xxxxxx xxxxxx

Basic Awareness and Foundation Pathways

The Basic Awareness and Foundation Pathways have undergone significant revision and now cover the necessary safeguarding learning outcomes for those roles no longer mandated to attend the Leadership Pathway.

The Basic Awareness and Foundation Pathway courses are required for anyone who has safeguarding responsibilities or who has contact with children and/or vulnerable adults. 

Anyone not required to attend the Leadership Pathway should complete the Basic Awareness and Foundation courses online which can be accessed here: Register here

Anyone needing to refresh their training after three years should complete either the Leadership Pathway or the Basic Awareness and Foundation Pathways as outlined above

Safer recruitment and people management

The Church of England is committed to promoting a safe environment and culture across all Church Bodies for children, young people and vulnerable adults. 

An essential part of this commitment is ensuring that all those who work or volunteer with vulnerable groups are suitable for the role they will carry out. 

There is new safer recruitment and people management training course for everyone with responsibility for recruitment, including the recruitment of volunteers which can be accessed here. 

Raising Awareness of Domestic Abuse

This new course aims to help participants develop a greater understanding of what Domestic Abuse is, who it affects, as well as its impact on individuals, children, the wider family, and the community. The resources and training you can access here will equip you and your church to engage positively with the protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults in both a practical and theologically informed way

DBS Lead Recruitment Webinar

This webinar, which is being delivered by Thirtyone:eight, is for Lead Recruiters or those with equivalent access who are responsible for the DBS process within their organisation.

The course will equip you with the knowledge and tools needed to make decisions on whether or not a role requires disclosure and how to effectively manage the criminal records check process.

April 26, 2022 from 10am -12pm

There are 40 places available, to avoid disappoinment please book early.

Link to follow. 

Sharon Hassall and Simon Bass, November 2020
(updated January 2021)