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 currently the following training pathways are available: 

Basic Awareness , Foundation, LeadershipPermission to Officiate Training Parish Safeguarding Officer TrainingSafer recruitment and people management and Raising Awareness of Domestic Abuse 

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. 

Basic Awareness course

The Basic Awareness course can be completed by anyone wanting or needing a Basic Awareness of Safeguarding.  It is required to be completed by: All Church Officers and anyone going on to complete any other safeguarding module. 

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.  It is required by: 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, Pre-ordination or license students prior to BAP or selection Panel, anyone going to complete any other learning module

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

The Leadership course is required for those people who play a lead role in shaping the culture of the Church body concerned, they will always include: 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.


Safeguarding Training for those with Permission to Officiate

Permission to Oficiate training is specifically for anyone holds PtO and whose role does not meet the Leadership Pathway criteria. 

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.

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 and details of the course, dates available and booking links will be sent directly via email to those with PtO  

 

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

 

Raising Awareness of Domestic Abuse

This course is not currently available as the National Safeguarding Team are working on producing this training online and when available you will be able to access via the Church of England Safeguarding portal 

 

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.

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. 

 

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


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