The Clewer initiative which is a Church of England project on modern slavery has some online training which is now available to anyone who would like to find out more.
The first online course ‘Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking 1’ is a general introduction to modern slavery, and contains case studies which are relevant to congregations.
The second ‘Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking 2’ is a guide to good practice when dealing with vulnerable groups within churches and church social action projects which might be affected by modern slavery or exploitation. It explores the connections between established safeguarding practice and modern slavery to enable churches to apply their existing knowledge to situations they may encounter. Case studies within the resource have been taken from ‘real life’ situations.
Both courses are available through the Church of England safeguarding training page which can be accessed here under the additional resources tab.
News from Becca and Brett
Becca has been running two `pilot` groups for young people to talk about how children and young people are welcomed and kept safe in our churches, and looking at how this should be communicated to them. From two different youth settings, a church youth group and a Cathedral choir, the young people involved will be helping Becca design some resources that any church and diocese can use.
Brett was part of the diocese’s Under 5s and Flourishing event that was held at Hartbury College recently. He ran a workshop for participants which focused on flourishing families and supporting parents in need – covering a range of safeguarding issues including domestic abuse, mental ill health and substance misuse and the impact that these have on children and families, and what support is available.
Becca and Brett will be visiting each deanery over the spring and summer this year. Invitations with the venues and dates will be sent out by each deanery and incumbents, parish safeguarding officers and churchwardens will be invited to the meetings where we there will be feedback from the parish checklist and some time spent talking through the parish safeguarding handbook and how to use it with all its online resources and links.
Domestic abuse training
This year we have three dates for our domestic abuse training. These workshops are always well reviewed and are delivered with GDASS (Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Support Service) and the police. Please do book on through
|Wednesday 12 June 2019||7.00 – 9.30pm||St Lawrence Hall, 33 Countess Lilias Rd, Cirencester, GL7 1UD|
|Wednesday 27 November 2019||7.00 – 9.30pm||St James Church Centre, Coleford Road, Bream, Gloucestershire, GL15 6ES|
|Wednesday 4 December 2019||10.00am – 12.30pm||Laud Room, Church House, College Green, Gloucester, GL1 2LY|
Next week (8-12 April 2019) is Stalking and Harassment Awareness week, read more about the campaign and see how you can get involved via the Gloucestershire Constabulary website.
Refresher C1/C2 Training Dates
(Also known as Parish C5)
If you are a member of one of our parishes who is looking to refresh your knowledge about safeguarding and has attended our C1/C2 safeguarding training sessions before, this training is for you. These sessions will go over key information about safeguarding, explain new guidelines and introduce you to new local organisations and initiatives in the area.
|Wednesday 5 June 2019||7.00-9.30pm||The Primrose Hill Church Centre, Lydney, Gloucestershire, GL15 5SL|
|Wednesday 18 September 2019||10.00am-12.30pm||Laud Room, Church House, College Green, GL1 2LY|
|Wednesday 23 October 2019||7.00-9.30pm||St Lawrence Hall, 33 Countess Lilias Rd, Cirencester, GL7 1UD|
|Wednesday 6 November 2019||7.00-9.30pm||St James Church Rooms, Church Street, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, GL55 6JG|
A note from Judith! Please do let us know if at or after your APCM you have a change in your parish safeguarding officer(s). This ensures we have the right details on our records so we can keep them updated with information and support. Under GDPR and our data responsibilities we have to work hard to make sure our records are accurate and up to date and in the past there have been a few occasions when we haven’t known someone isn’t doing the role any more and we have sent them information.