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.  

Who needs to complete what pathway? 

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.

Required attendees of this training: All Church Officers 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.

Required attendees of 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.

Prior to completing Leadership Training participants should complete or have completed the Basic Course online.

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.

Required attendees of 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 such other people who signiicantly influence the culture of that 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 will be delivered by the Safeguarding Team via zoom, and is only currently available to Clergy and Readers who will be sent directly via email details of the training, the dates available and booking links.   Please note that before the zoom 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.

This training is currently being delivered via zoom by the Safeguarding Team and details of the course, dates available and booking links will be sent directly via email to those with PtO  

 

Parish Safeguarding Officer Training

This 2 hour course is specifically designed for 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.

Prior to completing Parish Safeguarding Officer Training participants should complete or have completed the Basic Course online

The Parish Safeguarding Officer training is currently being delivered via zoom by the Safeguarding Team.  We will be sending details of the dates and booking links for this directly via email to Parish Safeguarding Officers. 

 

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 

 

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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