Safeguarding Training

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Training & Events Safeguarding Team

National safeguarding policy dictates that the church ‘will train and equip church officers to have the confidence and skills they need to care and support children, young people and vulnerable adults and to recognise and respond to abuse.’

Attendance at Diocesan Safeguarding Training is mandatory for anyone performing certain roles connected with church activity. It is also a requirement to refresh training every three years. Details about what is required in relation to safeguarding training can be found within the new Parish Safeguarding Handbook and is detailed within the template for a parish safeguarding action plan.

The CofE Safeguarding Learning and Development Framework sets out details of the Church’s safeguarding learning pathways, and expectations of Church officers in respect ofthose pathways. You can find information on the different training pathways from page 20. 

Basic Awareness (C0) and Foundation (C1) Training

The Church of England training website provides the C0 - Basic Awareness and C1 - Foundation training with an online version. To do this you can log on via The Church of England Portal. This is often a better way for people at the parish level to access this material. It is delivered in a stimulating way with a mix of styles to engage the person completing the training.

Basic Awareness (C0)

Basic Awareness (C0) Safeguarding Training, is an e-learning module. C0 is suitable for all individuals within our Church communities who need to have a basic awareness of safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults. It is also for those who need to complete further modules - Foundations (C1) and Leadership (C2).

Instructions on how to complete Basic Awareness (C0).

Once you have completed the material you have the option of printing a certificate and will receive a notification to your email address that the course material has been completed.


Foundations (C1)

Safeguarding Foundation training takes approximately two hours to complete and is required for anyone with safeguarding responsibilities/contact with children and/or adults at risk.

Instruction on how to complete Foundations (C1) online.

Currently there are no face to face Foundations (C1) training planned.


Leadership (C2)

This is designed for those people who play a lead role in shaping the culture of the Church body concerned. 

This is required to be completed by:

  • All Clergy holding the Bishop’s licence, commission, authorisation, or permission, including Honorary/Assistant Bishops and Chaplains.
  • All Readers and Hereford Local Ministers 
  • Parish/benefice Safeguarding Officers 

Current Leadership training planned below.





21 22.07.2024 9:30am Ludlow
23 23.07.2024 9:30am Hereford

Get in touch to book on to a training session.

Our C2-Leadership Training will be delivered to Clergy, Readers and Parish Safeguarding Officers from Feb to July 2024, those with Permission to Officiate will have dedicated PTO training from Feb to July 2024.  All training will be delivered face to face across various Diocesan venues. Those who are due to update their training will be contacted directly by our team. 

PTO Pathway

Retired Clergy with PTO will now be offered a new learning model which is offered face to face at venues across the Diocese. Like Leadership (C2) you will need to renew your Foundations (C1) before completing the PTO Pathway. If this applies to you – you will receive a separate email inviting you to book one of the dates available.

Current PTO training planned below.





22 22.07.2024 1pm Ludlow
24 23.07.2024 1pm Hereford

Get in touch to book on to a training session.

There are tasks for participants to undertake prior to the training  sessions and although initially participants felt this would be too onerous, the feedback after the training has been completed, raised that this element has enabled them to consider safeguarding at a deeper level.

Leadership Workbook

PTO Pathway workbook

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