Training for parishes and clergy

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

The Church of England’s Practice Guidance: Safeguarding Training and Development, published in 2019, provides a framework for safeguarding training.   This takes into account the specific roles and context of the church from members of the congregations to senior leaders. A range of Core safeguarding training modules is a mandatory requirement for particular Church roles. 

Safeguarding training should be updated every 3 years.

Who gets what training in the Parish?

The national church training is organised at three levels, these are:

  • Basic AwarenessRecommended for anyone who wants a basic level of awareness of safeguarding.
  • FoundationRequired for anyone who has safeguarding responsibilities/contact with children and/or vulnerable adults
  • LeadershipRequired for anyone who has safeguarding leadership responsibilities or is leading activities involving children and/or vulnerable adults.

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Here we set out what is involved and how you can access the training.

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 these duties are fulfilled. 

If you need further support and advice about what training is right for you then contact our Safeguarding Team.
 

Basic Awareness course

The Basic Awareness course can be completed by any member of the congregation, to support awareness-raising and a culture of support and vigilance in the Church and gives a basic awareness of Safeguarding.

This course is required to be completed by PCC members and anyone required to complete Foundation and Leadership Training

You should complete Basic Awareness if you carry out the following roles, but not limited to: 
Vergers, Servers, Welcomers, Caretakers, Refreshment Helpers, Shop Staff, Sidespersons, Flower Arrangers, Administrative Staff, Bell-ringers, Choir Members/Music Group Members (including Sound/AV Technicians), Liverpool DBF staff, Liverpool Cathedral staff and volunteers. Ordinands

This course is also a pre-requisite for other core training modules

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

 

Foundation course

The Foundation course can be completed by any member of the congregation to support awareness-raising and a culture of support and vigilance in the Church.

It is required to be completed by anyone who has safeguarding reposbiliites/contact with chilren and/or vulnerable adults and by those required to complete Leadership Training.

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

You should complete Foundation training if you carry out the following roles but not limited to:
All those who need to complete Leadership training; Ordinands, sides people, welcomers, Lay employees and volunteers with pastoral responsibility, those working with children and vulnerable adults who do not lead the activity, drivers providing transport in an official capacity, choir/music/drama group member/leaders where there are under 18’s or vulnerable adults attending, PCC members, Spiritual Directors.

 

Leadership course

The Leadership course is required for anyone who has safeguarding leadership responsibilities or is leading activities involving children and/or vulnerable adults.

Attendees are required to have completed the Foundation course online prior to attending Leadership Training.

The Leadership course is currently being held via zoom, hopefully from the Autumn we may be able to offer both zoom and face-to-face training. Dates of further training in the autumn will be released during the summer.

Pre-reading for course participants - Read the manual here

Those who should attend the leadership course include:
Clergy and those with Permission to Officiate, Chaplains, Readers, Local Missional Leaders, Parish Safeguarding Officers, Lead Recruiters, Church Wardens, those who are in paid employment or a voluntary role which involves leadership work with children, young people or vulnerable adults, laypeople exercising pastoral leadership in the church such as leading home-visiting teams or bereavement groups

 

Safer Recruitment and People Management

This course explores the scope of safer recruitment procedures in the church context for all paid staff and volunteers.

This is Essential Training for those with responsibility for administering DBS, those with recruitment responsibilities, clergy who are involved with recruitment, Lead recruiters and is recommended for anyone involved in the recruitment of church officers, paid and unpaid, lay or ordained.

This course is not currently available as The National Safeguarding Team are due to release an online version in May/June 2021

 

Raising Awareness of Domestic Abuse

This course is not currently available as we are working on updating the Raising Awareness of Domestic Abuse Training

 

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.

The Parish Safeguarding Officer training will be offered via zoom during May, June and July, hopefully in the autumn we may be able to offer both zoom and face to face training.  Details of the dates of the training for May, June and July will be sent directly via email to Parish Safeguarding Officers. 

Further dates for this training will be offered from September however details of the dates have not yet been confirmed so please keep an eye on the Diocesan Web Site during the summer for details.

 

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


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