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Safeguarding Training

A healthy Christian community is one which ensures and nurtures the wellbeing of all, and the Diocese of Norwich continues to work toward ensuring a church which is safer for everyone. Safeguarding therefore, needs to be embedded in all aspects of the life and ministry of the Church in order to ensure that the culture of safeguarding is integral throughout all of our church communities.

Active engagement with safeguarding training is instrumental in shaping the culture, and in supporting all those who have a role within the Church to effectively recognise and respond to possible situations of abuse, as well as implement best safeguarding practice. The facilitation and delivery of safeguarding training and development within the Diocese of Norwich is seen in this context.

The Church of England’s Practice Guidance: Safeguarding Training & Development was significantly revised and updated in April 2021, and provides the framework for safeguarding learning and development across all Church of England communities. This also sets out the core safeguarding learning pathway training modules which are a mandatory requirement determined for individual and particular church roles and responsibilities. (Please see below).

Following the coronavirus pandemic, both nationally and locally there had to be changes in the way that safeguarding training continued to be offered. As a result, training will continues to predominantly take place online. For example, C0 and C1 are now ‘Safeguarding Basic Awareness’ and ‘Safeguarding Foundations’ respectively.  There are also two further online modules which have been introduced, being ‘Safer Recruitment and People Management’ and ‘Raising Awareness of Domestic Abuse’. All modules are accessed online via the Training Portal (see below for details).

The revised ‘Safeguarding Leadership Pathway,’ continues to be undertaken via Zoom, with small groups led by the Diocesan Safeguarding Team. in addition, the ‘Permission to Officiate Pathway’ (for those whose work does not involve a high level of activity within the diocese), is also mainly undertaken via zoom, but there are a few sessions facilitated in person at Diocesan House throughout the year.

In 2022, we commenced facilitating the ‘Parish Safeguarding Officer Induction’ sessions for those new to taking on the role of the Parish Safeguarding Officer, which is usually delivered in person at Diocesan House. Further dates and details on all of the above modules may be found below.  New in 2023, and additional to the PSO Induction Training sessions, the Safeguarding Team introduced  quarterly PSO Networking & Briefing sessions (see below for details).

The Training Plan for 2023 is well underway, and dates for all the modules which will be facilitated throughout the year will continue to be available on the website. Training in 2024 is already being planned, and details will be available on the website toward the end of the year.

As your Diocesan Safeguarding Trainer, I would like to assure you that we as a team, remain very committed to supporting you in the provision and facilitation of safeguarding training within the Diocese, such that we may collaboratively ensure that the culture of safeguarding is embedded as everyone’s responsibility, and it remains integral throughout all of our church communities.

Thank you for your ongoing cooperation, participation and commitment.

Contact

Booking and general administrative queries: please could we ask you to use e-mail to contact us wherever possible. 
Brenna Wells

Safeguarding Administrator
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Helen Norris

Diocesan Safeguarding Trainer
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01603 882345

Safeguarding Basic Awareness Module

This is a basic safeguarding awareness module, and is a requirement for all Church Officers and anyone who will be going on to complete any other safeguarding learning pathway.  It is also available to anyone interested in safeguarding. To access this training, you will need to access the  Church of England’s Safeguarding Training Portal.  You will then be asked to register and set up an account before accessing the training – so please do follow the instructions on the Safeguarding Training Portal.

If you have any problems with accessing the Safeguarding Training Portal, please email elearning@safeguardingtraining.cofeportal.org

Safeguarding Foundations Module

The Safeguarding Foundations module situates safeguarding in the context of the Church and equips participants with the basic knowledge and skills to effectively recognise and respond to possible abuse.

This course is required by anyone who holds a role of responsibility within the Church, has safeguarding responsibilities or has contact in their church role with children, young people and/or adults who may be vulnerable through their role within the Church. It is also a requirement for anyone who will be going on to complete Leadership Pathway, Permission to Officiate Pathway, and Parish Safeguarding Officer Induction.

It too, may be accessed online via Church of England’s Safeguarding Training Portal

Raising Awareness of Domestic Abuse module 

This module explores the typologies of domestic abuse and equips participants to engage thoughtfully and proactively with the issue of domestic abuse, as well as those affected by domestic abuse. It also looks at identifying safeguarding actions to protect victims or those at risk and effectively recognise and respond to possible domestic abuse.

This course is required by anyone who holds a role of responsibility within the Church. This will include all Clergy, those with Permission to Officiate, Licensed lay Ministers, Parish Safeguarding Officers, Churchwardens, PCC members and any individual who has safeguarding responsibilities or has contact in their church role with children, young people and/or adults who may be vulnerable.

To access the training, you will need to access the Church of England’s Safeguarding Training Portal and log in to your account which you will have set up when completing your Basic and Foundation Training modules.  A pre-requisite of undertaking this training module is completion of both the Safeguarding Basic Awareness and Safeguarding Foundations modules in advance of undertaking this online training.

It too, may be accessed online via safeguardingtraining.cofeportal.org The link for the course is on the home page and can also be found under Online Courses.

If you have any problems with accessing the Safeguarding Training Portal, please email elearning@safeguardingtraining.cofeportal.org 

A pre-requisite of undertaking this training module is completion of both the Safeguarding Basic Awareness (C0) and Safeguarding Foundations (C1) modules in advance of undertaking this online training.

Modern Slavery Module

This course, from the Clewer Initiative, aims to provide a general understanding of modern slavery and human trafficking, and how concerns relating to it may be recognised and responded to. As yet this module is not mandated as a requirement to be completed, but is recommended for Clergy, Church Community Leaders and Volunteers.

Once again, this may be accessed online via safeguardingtraining.cofeportal.org The link for the course is on the home page and can also be found under Online Courses.

If you have any problems with accessing the Safeguarding Training Portal, please email elearning@safeguardingtraining.cofeportal.org 

Leadership Module

The Leadership safeguarding module explores and reflects upon the roles in implementing parish safeguarding procedures as well as responding to serious situations. This module is for Licensed Clergy, Licensed Lay Ministers and other key leadership positions including Parish Safeguarding Officers and Churchwardens when in interregnum. The aim is to equip participants with the knowledge and skills to embed healthy parish safeguarding practices. Safeguarding Basic Awareness and Safeguarding Foundations modules must be completed by participants in advance of attending the first Leadership session.

The Leadership module is facilitated Zoom, and involves interactive participation in a course of two consecutive two-hour sessions, a week apart, with some preparation in advance as well as follow-up activities to support your learning.

This course is required by anyone who has leadership responsibilities within the church, a church officer, or is leading activities in their church role with children, young people and/or vulnerable adults.  Priority will be given to licensed clergy and those who are required to do the training in order to be licensed.  However, those in other roles where the training is applicable to their role, should still apply to complete the training, and we will do our best to accommodate on the next available space.

Dates are listed below – you will need to attend both the sessions that you are booked on to receive your certificate.

  • Thursday 15 and Thursday 22 February, 10am – 12 noon
  • Monday 26 February and Monday 4 March, 2 – 4pm
  • Thursday 7 and Thursday 14 March, 10am – 12 noon
  • Tuesday 12 and Tuesday 19 March, 6 – 8pm

Please be aware when selecting a date, that two weeks prior to the training event you will be sent a workbook which will include some preparatory work.  It is a requirement of attendance that this is completed and returned no later than 4 days prior to the first session.   

Please book by email to Brenna.wells@dioceseofnorwich.org

‘Permission to Officiate’ Module (PTO Pathway)

It has been recognised that the exercise of Permission to Officiate (PtO) for both retired clergy and Licensed Lay Ministers (LLMs) or Readers, may vary considerably within the diocese. The Safeguarding Leadership Pathway is intended for those who are regularly involved in a high level of work and play a lead role within the Church body concerned. Therefore, those who fall into this category should undertake the full Safeguarding Leadership Pathway. However, all others of those with PtO (i.e. both Licensed Clergy with PtO and Licensed Lay Ministers with PtO) whose role does not fit the Leadership Pathway criterion, or do not undertake a high level of activity should undertake the Permission to Officiate’ Module.

The Permission to Officiate module is mainly facilitated via Zoom unless otherwise stated on dates below. The pathway involves interactive participation in a single session, and as with the Leadership Module there is some preparation required in advance as well as follow-up activities to support your learning.

As with the Leadership module, Safeguarding Basic Awareness and Safeguarding Foundations modules must be completed by participants in advance of attending the training.

  • Tuesday 16 January,  2-4.30pm  CANCELLED
  • Tuesday 13 February, 10am-12.30pm
  • Wednesday 28 February, 2-4.30pm
  • Tuesday 26 March, 10am-12.30pm
  • Thursday 4 April, 10am-12.30pm – in person at Diocesan House

Please be aware when selecting a date, that three weeks prior to the training event you will be sent a workbook which will include some preparatory work.  Please can this be completed and returned no later than 4 days prior to the first session.   

Please book by email to Brenna.wells@dioceseofnorwich.org

Safer Recruitment & People Management Training

Safeguarding learning is mandatory for all posts that fall within the scope of the guidance on Safer Recruitment & People Management. The guidance may be viewed at:

churchofengland.org/safeguarding/safeguarding-e-manual/safer-recruitment-and-people-management-guidance

Learning requirements will vary according to the role and responsibility as set out in the Safeguarding Learning and Development Framework. However, all those involved in the recruitment, appointment and management/supervision of roles that fall within the scope of this guidance must undertake the training on Safer Recruitment and People Management. The aim of this training is to equip participants with an understanding of safer recruitment, as well as the skills and practices necessary to promote positive safeguarding behaviour, (and detect safeguarding risk) once a person is in role.

The online learning module for Safer Recruitment and People Management is available on the safeguarding training portal.

To access the training, you will need to access the Church of England’s Safeguarding Training Portal and log in to your account which you will have set up when completing your Basic and Foundation Training. It too, may be accessed online via safeguardingtraining.cofeportal.org The link for the course is on the home page and can also be found under Online Courses.

If you have any problems with accessing the Safeguarding Training Portal, please email elearning@safeguardingtraining.cofeportal.org  

A pre-requisite of undertaking this training module is completion of both the Safeguarding Basic Awareness and Safeguarding Foundations modules in advance of undertaking this online training.

Parish Safeguarding Officer Induction

Parish Safeguarding Officer Induction sessions are for those new to taking on the role of the Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO), or perhaps those who are interested in taking on the role. The focus of the induction is an introduction to the role of the PSO, equip participants with an understanding of their role, and induct them in key working practices and relationships within their Parish or Benefice, as well as the wider Diocese.

The Parish Safeguarding Officer Induction will involve interactive participation in a three-hour inclusive session. Preparatory material will be sent two weeks prior to the session, and there will be an evaluation task to complete, using materials shared within the induction session.  The training is usually delivered in person, and is held at Diocesan House, Easton. Occasionally the session may be held via Zoom. Everyone who attends this course must have completed the Safeguarding Basic Awareness and Safeguarding Foundations modules in advance of attending the training.

  • Saturday 10 February, 10am-1pm
  • Saturday 13 April, 10am-1pm

Please book by email to Brenna.wells@dioceseofnorwich.org

PSO Networking & Briefing Session

New in 2023, and additional to the PSO Induction Training sessions, the Safeguarding Team are facilitating quarterly PSO Networking & Briefing sessions, on a Saturday morning, 10am – 1pm at Diocesan House, Easton. The intention is to offer all PSOs the valuable opportunity to meet with other PSOs, as well as be able to communicate any Safeguarding updates, current issues or ‘topics of the moment’. Indeed, as a Team, we would welcome in advance, topics or queries from individuals they may wish to raise, and you can do this by e mailing safeguarding@dioceseofnorwich.org

The Safeguarding Team will all be present, thereby offering the opportunity for individuals to meet with the team as well as bring their queries to the session. However, importantly, this is intended to be a forum where we envisage valuable networking will take place, thereby offering collaborative support to all those who have taken on the role as Parish Safeguarding Officer.

Further dates to follow

  • Saturday 23 March, 10am – 1pm
  • Saturday 11 May, 10am – 1pm
  • Saturday 13 July, 10am – 1pm
  • Saturday 21 September, 10am – 1pm

To book a place, please e mail brenna.wells@dioceseofnorwich.org