New look training for 2020
Basic – some training that can be done online for those just needing a basic awareness of safeguarding
Foundation – some training that can be done online for those in `helper’ roles in a church/worshipping community
Leadership – online ‘Zoom’ training in groups for those who have responsibility for activities with children, young people and vulnerable adults.
There will also be Online Safer Recruitment training early in 2020 for all those involved in the recruitment of staff and volunteers working with children young people and adults, and we will keep you posted on when that is ready.
Who needs to do what training:
We have created a table showing who needs to do training and at what level. Click here to view table. If you have any queries then please contact the team. Parish Safeguarding Officers/PCCs will need to ensure that you keep a record of who has completed their training so people can be prompted when a three year refresher training is due. There is a template form for you to complete to help you with this – click here. So when you are clear who is doing what level of training and when it is needed – you can set things up so people can either book in to a Leadership session (details of dates, times and venues) below; or arrange to complete the training on line by visiting safeguardingtraining.cofeportal.org and this will explain how to set up your local account and send links to the people that need the training,
For all those coming up to their three year refresher training in 2020 just check the role they have now and arrange for them to complete either the `helper’ level Foundation online or book on to a Leadership session (see below) which ever is the most appropriate to them.
Basic (C0) and Foundation (C1)
For those just needing a basic awareness of safeguarding or those in `helper’ roles in a church/worshipping community. It is easy to get online and access the training. To complete the training online visit safeguardingtraining.cofeportal.org and this will explain how to set up your local account.
Training for those in leadership roles in parishes
Due to the COVID pandemic and being unable to deliver face to face training as we would normally, we have been running safeguarding training online for clergy, readers and authorised lay ministers. These have been very well received and we are now able to open up these courses for those people in our churches who have a role – either volunteer or paid – that, as a church officer, would require them to undertake or refresh their safeguarding training at the Leadership (C2) level.
The C2 course provides an opportunity to reflect on your safeguarding responsibilities, your local safeguarding culture and identify potential areas for development going forwards.
We are aware that for some the refresher training may be a little out of date because of delays in everything this year, so please do check your records so you can advise people who need to undertake or update their training.
These leadership sessions are for anyone who has safeguarding leadership responsibilities or responsibility for leading activities involving children, young people and/or adults who may be vulnerable. These roles include for example Parish Safeguarding Officers, Churchwardens, youth workers, family and children’s workers/ministers/pastors, among many others, so please do check out the national C of E safer recruitment lists and guidance if you are unsure, or get in touch.
If you have not attended safeguarding training with the diocese in the last three years then we ask that you have completed the Basic Awareness (C0) and Foundation (C1) modules which can be completed online before you book onto the Leadership (C2) module. This is easy to do, please click HERE and if you have any problems please do get in touch with us at and Laura will get in touch with you.
If you have people who just need to have safeguarding training at either C0 or C1 levels again, this is very straightforward to do online. You will just need to keep a record of who did what and when so this can be refreshed every three years.
How we are delivering the Leadership (C2) module
The module is delivered via Zoom and so people will need access to a laptop, tablet or smart phone that has a camera and microphone.
This new C2 training module consists of two sessions about a week apart, each for about 90minutes. Before each session participants will have tasks to complete within the leadership participant workbook and we will be in touch directly with them to explain how to set things up, what they need to do, and how to connect etc so please don’t worry! We have trained many people this year so far, and although it can feel a little clunky to start with if you are quite new to the Zoom world, it works really well and we will support you all the way!
|C2 training dates – please not that both sessions one and two have to be completed in order to receive a completion certificate.|
|Session 1 Date||Session 2 Date||Times|
|Thursday 7th January||Thursday 14th January||1.00 – 2.30pm|
|Wednesday 13th January||Wednesday 20th January||10.00 – 11.30am|
|Wednesday 13th January||Wednesday 20th January||7.30 – 9.00pm|
|Thursday 21st January||Thursday 28th January||1.00 – 2.30pm|
|Wednesday 3rd February||Wednesday 10th February||10.00 – 11.30am|
|Wednesday 3rd February||Wednesday 10th February||7.30 – 9.00pm|
|Thursday 4th February||Thursday 11th February||1.00 – 2.30pm|
|Thursday 25th February||Thursday 4th March||10.00 – 11.30am|
|Wednesday 3rd March||Wednesday 10th March||10.00 – 11.30am|
|Thursday 4th March||Thursday 11th March||1.00 – 2.30pm|
|Wednesday 10th March||Wednesday 17th March||7.30 – 9.00pm|
|Wednesday 17th March||Wednesday 24th March||10.00 – 11.30am|
|Thursday 18th March||Thursday 25th March||1.00 – 2.30pm|
Leadership (C2) – Clergy
The diocesan central team will arrange training directly with all clergy, PTOs and Readers.
We have received some very positive feedback about the new training, and the online training, but of course with changes will come lots of questions and clarity seeking – so of course please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions!
If you need any advice at any time please don’t hesitate to be in touch with us here in the HR and Safeguarding Team, we know that everyone is so busy and there is a lot to take in, but we are here to help! https://www.gloucester.anglican.org/about-us/safeguarding/
Deanery safeguarding Zoom evenings
In the last couple of years Brett and Becca have visited each deanery to meet with clergy and parish safeguarding officers. This year we are planning on coming to you all virtually via Zoom!
These deanery sessions will be a chance to us to update you and share information generally and for Parish Safeguarding Officers to ask any questions you may have.
In particular the sessions will be an opportunity for us to introduce and encourage parishes to use the new Safeguarding Parish Dashboards, a really straightforward (and free) computer based recording system that helps you track what you need to have in place locally. Our Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Panel are commending it to everyone from the excellent feedback that we have received from those who tested it out for us in a pilot project earlier this year.
The Dashboard enables the safeguarding team to offer support for those parishes who may need it. Please note that these deanery sessions are not specific safeguarding training sessions – see C2 information at the top of this newsletter for more training related information.
ZOOM drop in sessions for info sharing, Q&A and Dashboard information !
|Thursday 7th January||7.30 – 9.00pm||Cheltenham|
|Thursday 21st January||7.30 – 9.00pm||Gloucester City|
|Wednesday 27th January||7.30 – 9.00pm||Stroud|
|Thursday 11th February||7.30 – 9.00pm||Wotton|
|Wednesday 24th February||7.30 – 9.00pm||Severn Vale|
|Thursday 25th February||7.30 – 9.00pm||Cirencester|
|Wednesday 3rd March||7.30 – 9.00pm||Tewkesbury & Winchcombe|
|Thursday 18th March||7.30 – 9.00pm||Forest South|
|Wednesday 24th March||7.30 – 9.00pm||Cotswolds|