Training for parishes and clergy

We are committed to delivering high-quality training for clergy and parishes.   

The Church of England’s issued their Safeguarding Learning & Developlment in April 2021 and it provides a framework for safeguarding training which sets out details of the Church's safeguarding learning pathways and the expectations of those pathways. 

Safeguarding training should be updated every 3 years, and set our below are the details of the training pathways available.

We are committed to making sure that officers and volunteers in our parishes have the right level of training. It is PCC's responsibility to make sure that these duties are fulfilled. 

CORE SAFEGUARDING LEARNING PATHWAYS

Basic Awareness course

This course will connect the core principles and practices of Safeguarding to the Christian Faith and can be completed by anyone wanting or needing a Basic Awareness of Safeguarding.

Who is required to complete this training: All Church Officers which is anyone appointed/elected by or on behalf of the Church to a post or role, whether they are ordained or lay, paid or unpaid and anyone going on to complete any other safeguarding learning pathway

You can complete the course online at The Church of England Safeguarding Training Portal

Foundation course

The Foundation course builds on the learning gained on the Basic Awareness course and helps connect an understanding of good safeguarding practice in relation to your role and responsibilites.

Who is required to complete this training: anyone holding the Bishop's Licence, Commission or premission - Clergy, PtO, Readers and LML's, anyone in a role which involves work with children, young people or vulnerable adults, churchwardens, vergers, PCC Members/Lay Chapter Members, Spiritual Directors, Safeguarding Officers, Pre-ordination or license students prior to BAP or selection Panel, Staff at Theological Educational Institutions with student facing roles, Members of the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Panel and anyone going on to complete any other safeguarding learning pathway.

You can complete the course online at The Church of England Safeguarding Training Portal

Leadership course

This course is designed for all those who play a lead role in shaping the culture of the Church.

Who is required to complete this training:  All Clergy holding the Bishop's Licence, commission, authorisation or permission (can include PtO's if their role meets leadership criteria), Honarary/Assistant Bishops and Chaplains,  All readers and licensed Lay Ministers holding the Bishops Licence(can include readers with PtO's if their role meets leadership criteria), Non executive members of Chapter (unless their role in the Diocese requires a higher level), Safeguarding Officers/Leads in all Church bodies, Teaching Staff at Theological Education Institutions who are delivering the Leadership pathway.  It should also include people who signiicantly influence the culture of a Church body, these may include for example - lay ministy staff employed by a PCC or Bishops Mission Order, locally appointed leaders of new worshipping communities, focal ministers 

Prior to completing Leadership Training participants should complete or have completed the Basic and Foundation course online.

This training consists of two training sessions and is now being delivered by the Safeguarding Team via zoom and face to face. 

Clergy and Readers will be sent directly via email details of the training, the dates available and booking links. 

Leadership training for Parish Safeguarding Officers, Church Wardens, Leaders who have overall responsibility for running youth groups and childrens groups and those with overall responsibility for running work with vulnable adults is available on the following sessions:

Leadership Training for Parish Safeguarding Officers and Church Wardens:

Wednesday 12th and Wednesday 19th April 1.00-3.00pm via zoom - click to book via eventbrite

Monday 5th and Monday 12th June 7.00-9.00pm at St Lukes' Church, 71 Liverpool Road, Crosby, L23 5SE - click to book via eventbrite

Leadership Training for who have overall responsibility for running youth groups and childrens groups and those with overall responsibility for running work with vulnable adults:

Tuesday 21st and Tuesday 28th March 7-9.00pm via zoom - click to book via eventbrite

Saturday 24th June and Saturday 1st July from 10am-12noon at St Luke's Church, Princess Drive, Liverpool, L14 8XB - click to book via eventbrite

PLEASE NOTE  - Prior to the ledership training there will be some pre course preparation and reading to complete, details of this will be sent to you once you have registered to attend leadership training.

 

ROLE SPECIFIC PATHWAYS

 Permission to Officiate Safeguarding Training

This two hour session will explore and reflect on the safeguarding dimensions involved in the ministry of those who hold PtO (whose role does not meet Leadership training criteria).  Before attending the course you will be required to work through some pre-reading material which will be sent via email once you have booked to attend Permission to Officiate training.

Required attendees of this training:  those who hold PtO and their role does meet the Leadership pathway criteria. 

Prior to completing PtO Training participants should complete or have completed the Basic and Foundation course online.

Course dates available and booking links will be sent directly via email to those with PtO 

Parish Safeguarding Officer Induction Training

This 2 hour course is specifically designed for all new in post Parish Safeguarding Officers and will be delivered by the Diocese Safeguarding Team.  It will give you an understanding of what a Parish Safeguarding Officer does and as a result of attending the training you will be equipped with all the tools you need to carry out this role successfully. 

Prior to attending the course you will be required to work through some pre read material which will be sent once you have registered to attend Parish Safeguarding Officer Training.  In addition you should also have completed the basic and foundation online safeguarding training which can be accessed using this link: https://safeguardingtraining.cofeportal.org/

2023 Parish Safeguarding Officer Induction Training details:

Monday 30th January from 7.00-9.0pm via zoom - click to book via eventbrite

Tuesday 27th June from 7.00-9.00pm at St Cleopas Church, 400 Mill Street, Toxteth, Liverpool, L8 4RF - click to book via eventbrite

 

TOOKIT PATHWAY

Safer Recruitment and People Management

This course explores the scope of safer recruitment procedures in the church context for all paid staff and volunteers.
Required attendees of this training: Licensed Clergy, Line managers and anyone involved in the recruitment of (paid workers, elected members and volunteers), those with the responsibility of administering DBS (lead and additional recruiters), Ordinands during IME1

This course is now available oneline via the Church of England Safeguarding Portal: The Church of England Safeguarding Training Portal 

In the first half of 2023 the Safeguarding Team will also be delivering the following face to face sessions of this training:

Tuesday 7th February from 7.-9.00pm at St Paul's Church, 75 Chain Lane, Blackbrook, St Helens, WA11 9QF - click to book via eventbrite

Wednesday 3rd May from 1.00-3.00pm at St James' House, 20 St James Road, Liverpool, L1 7BY - click to book via eventbrite

 

ISSUE BASED PATHWAY

Raising Awareness of Domestic Abuse

Will equip participants to engage thoughtfully and proactively with the issue of domestic abuse and those affected by it. 

Required attendees of this training: Anyone holding the Bishops Licence, commission, authoristion, or permission (clergy, PtO, readers, LLM's), Bishops Visitors/Pastoral Visitors, Safeguarding Officers, Ordinands during IME1, PCC Members/Lay Chapter Members, Staff at Theological Education Insititutions with student facing roles, members of the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Panel. It can also be completed by any persons holding any other pastoral role within the Church.

This course is now available oneline via the Church of England Safeguarding Portal: The Church of England Safeguarding Training Portal

 

For further information or queries relating to training please contact The Safeguarding Team via email: safeguarding.team@liverpool.anglican.org
 

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