Safeguarding Training

New look training for 2021

Basic – This is an excellent introduction to safeguarding training that can be done online locally for those needing that introduction or awareness for their role.  It is open for anyone to complete, regardless of their role, including members of congregations. Training can be accessed at

Foundation – This module builds on the Basic Awareness module and can also be completed online.  This workshop has been updated nationally and now includes the right level of training for many of our local parish roles where in the past a higher level module may have been appropriate, and this is also the right level 3yr refresher level training for many parish posts so please do check out  the list below).

Training can be accessed at

Leadership – Currently being delivered on line by our safeguarding team with others, this is a “face to face” course (currently being delivered via Zoom) spread over two 90 minute sessions and requires some background reading and submitted work prior to the sessions. The module is for all those in specific leadership roles in a parish setting and those with the Bishop’s Licence (stipendiary and self-supporting clergy, and Readers).

Please refer to the list below for details of who needs to complete which module(s).

PTO Clergy Training – a bespoke safeguarding workshop is currently being developed by the national team and we will be in touch with these clergy as soon as we are able to deliver this for you.


PTO Clergy with specific roles – we’ll be in touch with you directly as your role may require you to undertake Leadership training specifically.

For PTO Clergy , if you have completed Leadership level training within the last 3 years, you will not be expected to completed any further core safeguarding training until your fresher training is due and we will be in touch with you directly so don’t worry!

For Parish Safeguarding Officers – There will be Online Safer Recruitment training early in 2021 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 so you can work out locally with your incumbent who should attend the training

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!

Who needs to do what training:

Some national changes have been made to our training modules and levels of training required, so please do check out this table that details who needs to do what level of training and what records need to be kept locally.  If you have any questions please do get in touch with Laura or one of the team.




Basic Online Training (C0)







This is an online training course can be accessed through CofE training portal.  All records kept by the parish so that refresher training and other records can be maintained


Required for the following roles;

  • All PCC members
  • Caretakers
  • Those on rotas or who generally support activities such as servers, welcomers/sidespeople, Bellringers
  • Recommended for anyone interested in safeguarding generally
Foundation Level Online Training   (c1)

NB anyone who is refreshing their training will not need to complete the C0 online course first.


NB anyone needing to train at this level for the first time will need to complete the C0 Basic online first.



This is an online training course accessed through CofE training portal.  All records kept by the parish so that refresher training and other records can be maintained.





Required for the following roles;

  • Churchwardens
  • Children and family workers and Youth workers
  • Sunday school leads and Worship leaders
  • Pastoral Assistants
  • Music/Choir Directors
  • Required for bell tower captains or those training children and adults
  • Where the PCC determine this is appropriate for a specific role
  • Server trainers
Leadership level (c2)

(This may not always appear to be clear so do call the safeguarding team for advice)





ZOOM training module (x2sessions)


Please check out the dates of sessions below, but check before booking if you are unsure if this is the right level for your needs/role.



Required for:

  • Parish Safeguarding Officers
  • Churchwardens when a parish is going into or planned to be in a vacancy
  • Anyone else with a significant leadership role not already covered in any of the other categories. (Including, but not limited to: employed staff :children/youth/student ministry leaders, lead community outreach workers for parishes and pastoral leads)


C2 training dates  – please not that both sessions one and two have to be completed in order to receive a completion certificate.

To book a place or if you have a question please contact Laura Evans at or visit our website for more information.

Session 1 Date Session 2 Date Times
Wednesday 21st April Wednesday 28th April 10.00 – 11.30am
Wednesday 21st April Wednesday 28th April 7.30 – 9.00pm
Thursday 22nd April Thursday 29th April 1.00 – 2.30pm
Wednesday 5th May Wednesday 12th May 10.00 – 11.30am
Thursday 6th May Thursday 13th May 1.00 – 2.30pm
Wednesday 12th May Wednesday 19th May 7.30 – 9.00pm
Thursday 20th May Thursday 27th May 10.00 – 11.30am
Wednesday 9th June Wednesday 16th June 10.00 – 11.30am
Thursday 10th June Thursday 17th June 1.00 – 2.30pm
Wednesday 23rd June Wednesday 30th June 7.30 – 9.00pm
Thursday 24th June Thursday 1st July 10.00 – 11.30am
Thursday 1st July Thursday 8th July 1.00 – 2.30pm
Wednesday 7th July Wednesday 14th July 10.00 – 11.30am

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.

Where: On Zoom 

To book a zoom place please contact Laura Evans at 

Date Times Deanery
Thursday 21st January 7.30 – 9.00pm Gloucester City and Stroud
Thursday 11th February 7.30 – 9.00pm Cheltenham and
Tewkesbury & Winchcombe
Thursday 25th February 7.30 – 9.00pm Cirencester and Wotton
Wednesday 3rd March 7.30 – 9.00pm North Cotswold
Thursday 18th March 7.30 – 9.00pm Severn Vale and Forest South

If you can’t make the date for your deanery, do feel free to book onto another session. To book on and receive the zoom link please email 


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