Safeguarding training

Person sat looking at computer screen with church of england safeguarding framework diagram visibleThe Diocese of Oxford is working towards creating a church which is safer for everyone. Active engagement with safeguarding training supports all those who have a role within the Church to effectively recognise and respond to possible abuse and implement best safeguarding practice.

Safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility. Training is mandatory and should be renewed every three years.

Safeguarding Training

Safeguarding Learning and Development

The Church of England’s Safeguarding Learning and Development Framework 2021, sets out the details of the Church's safeguarding learning pathways for all Church bodies, and expectations on Church Officers in respect of those pathways.  It replaces previous safeguarding training practice guidance.The document below details the essential safeguarding learning pathways for Church Officers. Essential Safeguarding Learning Pathways for Church Officers (Mar 2022)

Core Safeguarding Learning Pathways
 
Module
Basic Awareness
Foundation
Leadership
Permission to Officiate
Aim Provide learners with a basic awareness of safeguarding and enables them to integrate this into their Christian faith and the Church’s ministry. To enable learners to contribute to, and implement, good safeguarding practice within church and community contexts. Supports church officers to know and understand how effective safeguarding leadership behaviours, values and beliefs can be used to develop a healthy church culture.  Explores effective preventative safeguarding practices and how to respond to complex safeguarding concerns in a way which supports victims and others who are impacted. To explore and reflect on the safeguarding dimensions involved in the ministry of those with Permission to Officiate.
Format Completed online through the Safeguarding Training Portal.

Approximate completion time is 1hr 15 minutes.

Questions to complete throughout the pathway, 75% pass mark required, 2 attempts per question.

Completed online through the Safeguarding Training Portal.

Approximate completion time is 1hr 30 minutes.

Questions to complete throughout the pathway, 75% pass mark required, 2 attempts per question.

Completed at 2 x 90-minute Zoom sessions with pre-session activities and a reflective evaluation exercise.

A limited number of two-part face-to-face sessions are available, for those unable to complete the training through Zoom.

Completed at one three-hour Zoom session with pre-session activities and a reflective evaluation exercise.

A limited number of face-to-face sessions are available, for those unable to complete the training through Zoom.

Required for Required for all Church Officers - Anyone undertaking a role on behalf of the Church, ordained or lay, paid or volunteer.

Required for anyone going on to complete any other safeguarding learning pathway.

Required for:
  • Anyone holding the Bishop's licence, commission, authorisation, or permission
  • Anyone in a role which involves work with children or vulnerable adults
  • Churchwardens
  • Pre-Ordination or license students, prior to BAP or selection panel.
  • Vergers
  • PCC Members / Lay Chapter Members
  • Staff at TEIs with student facing roles
  • Members of the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Panel
  • Anyone going on to complete any other safeguarding learning pathway
Required for:
  • Anyone holding the Bishop's licence, commission or authorisation.
  • Non-executive members of Chapter.
  • Parish Safeguarding Officers / Safeguarding Leads in all Church bodies.
  • Teaching staff at TEIs who deliver the Leadership Pathway.
  • Anyone that you consider within your local context who significantly influences the culture of the Church body.  This might include lay ministry staff employed by the PCC or churchwardens during a vacancy.
Required for anyone holding PtO, ordained or lay, as an alternative to completing the Leadership Pathway.

If someone with PtO has another role which requires them to complete Leadership then Leadership must be completed instead of the PtO Pathway.

If you consider that yourself or someone with PtO in your local context significantly influences the culture of the Church body then they should complete Leadership and not the PtO Pathway.

Additional Safeguarding Learning Pathways
 
Module
Parish Safeguarding Officer Induction
Safer Recruitment and People Management
Domestic Abuse
Aim To equip learners with an understanding of the role of the Parish Safeguarding Officer and induct them into key working practices and relationships. Supports participants to develop an understanding of why safer recruitment is important in the context of developing a culture of safeguarding in the Church.  Explains how to safely recruit staff and volunteers in line with Church of England policy and guidance. To equip participants to engage thoughtfully and proactively with the issue of domestic abuse and those affected.
Format Completed at one 3hr 15min Zoom session, with pre-session activities, the production of a post-course safeguarding development plan and a follow up discussion with a member of the safeguarding team. Completed online through the Safeguarding Training Portal.

Approximate completion time is 1.5-2hrs.

Final quiz 75% pass mark, retakes permitted.

Completed online through the Safeguarding Training Portal.

Approximate completion time is 1.5-2hrs.

Final quiz 75% pass mark, retakes permitted.

Limited number of 3hr in person sessions to attend, with pre-session activities.

Required for Required for anyone taking on the role of Parish Safeguarding Officer.

It does not need to be completed before someone starts in role but the session should be attended within 3 months of a PSO starting in role.

Existing Parish Safeguarding Officers are welcome to attend if they would find this helpful, particularly those who started in role in 2020/2021.

Required for:
  • Line managers and anyone involved in the recruitment of Church Officers who have substantial contact with children or vulnerable adults (employees, elected members, volunteers)
  • Incumbents
  • DBS Recruiters & Verifiers
  • Parish Safeguarding Officers / Safeguarding Leads in all Church Bodies
  • Ordinands during IME1
Required for:
  • Anyone holding the Bishop's licence, commission, authorisation or permission
  • Bishops Visitors  / Pastoral Visitors
  • Parish Safeguarding Officers / Safeguarding Leads in all Church Bodies
  • Ordinands during IME1
  • Staff at TEIs with student facing roles
  • Members of the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Panel
Basic Awareness & Foundation Online

Basic Awareness & Foundation

The Basic Awareness and Foundation safeguarding learning pathways can be completed online on the Church of England Safeguarding Training Portal.

Participants completing any other safeguarding learning pathways will be asked to complete Basic Awareness and Foundation in preparation.

To access the e-learning, go to the Church of England Safeguarding Training Portal.

  • Create an account. Please detail which parish you attend and that this is part of the Diocese of Oxford so that the information can be included in our training report. 
  • For Training Institution, please select ‘Not part of a Training Institution.’ 
  • It can take 24 hours to receive your log-in information. If you do not receive email confirmation please check your spam folder.
  • Select Online Courses and the Safeguarding Learning Pathway that you will be completing.

For any difficulties in accessing the Safeguarding Training Portal, please email elearning@safeguardingtraining.cofeportal.org.

Participants can download a copy of their Basic Awareness or Foundation certificate through the Safeguarding Training Portal. This can be found by selecting View Profile > More > Miscellaneous > My Certificates. Participants should then send a copy of the training certificate to their Parish Safeguarding Officer.

Basic Awareness Offline

The Basic Awareness learning pathway has now been made available in an offline format, by the National Safeguarding Team. We recognise that for some people within our parishes it is difficult to complete the online modules through the Church of England Safeguarding Training Portal, so we hope that this format will make the Basic Awareness module more accessible. 

Wherever possible local support should be given to the person to register and complete the pathways using their own profile on the Safeguarding Training Portal.

If you would like to use the Basic Awareness training presentation with members of your parish, please email Rebecca to request the presentation, which will be shared with you via Dropbox. This should only be used in exceptional circumstances where the other options outlined are not possible for the individual concerned. 

Basic Awareness offline training must be facilitated by someone within the parish who has completed Leadership safeguarding training. Ideally this would be the Parish Safeguarding Officer or someone appropriately experienced in safeguarding.

Foundation

Foundation

The Foundation Safeguarding Learning Pathway enables learners to contribute to and implement good safeguarding practice within church and community contexts.

Participants completing any safeguarding learning pathways will be asked to complete Basic Awareness and Foundation in preparation.

For the vast majority of participants, Foundation should be completed online using the Safeguarding Training Portal, as outlined in the Basic Awareness and Foundation Online section.

Where there may be difficulties in accessing the safeguarding training portal, particularly due to IT or technical challenges, local support should be given to the individual so that they are able to register for and complete the pathway through their own account on the Portal.

In a small number of circumstances, you may have participants for whom the above options are not viable, and in this case we have a small team of diocesan volunteer safeguarding trainers who can deliver Foundation to groups within your parish. The group size would normally be 6-10, and if any larger group sizes were required this would need to be discussed with the Safeguarding Training Officer.

If you would like to arrange for an onsite Foundation session to be delivered at your parish, please contact Rebecca..

Leadership

Leadership Safeguarding Learning Pathway

‘I found the course a really moving and effective way to reflect on my behaviour and attitudes as PSO and to revisit what we do and how we behave towards safeguarding in our parish.’

Participant feedback Nov 2020

The Leadership Safeguarding Learning Pathway consists of two parts, with session two being held one week after session one at the same time. Prior to each 90-minute session, participants will have tasks to complete within the leadership participant workbook. After the sessions, participants will complete a reflective evaluation exercise.

To book onto a leadership session, please click on the Eventbrite links below and register for a ticket. The safeguarding training is held primarily over Zoom but some onsite sessions are available. 

Participants will receive an email confirming the details of how to access the training, and providing training materials, approximately two weeks before session one. If you do not receive this then please email Rebecca. Participants must be able to make both parts of the training to complete the pathway.

Participants should have completed Basic Awareness and Foundation before completing this pathway. These online modules can be accessed through the Safeguarding Training Portal. Further information can be found in the Basic Awareness & Foundation section.

Leadership Eventbrite Booking Links

2022

Part 1: Wed 27 Apr & Part 2: Wed 4 May 2022, 10:00-11:30

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Part 1: Fri 29 Apr & Part 2: Fri 6 May 2022, 10:00-11:30

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Part 1: Tue 10 May & Part 2: Tue 17 May 2022, 10:00-11:30

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Part 1: Wed 11 May & Part 2: Wed 18 May 2022, 14:00-15:30

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Part 1: Mon 23 May & Part 2: Mon 30 May 2022, 19:00-20:30

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Part 1: Tue 24 May & Part 2: Tue 31 May 2022, 10:00-11:30

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Part 1: Fri 10 Jun & Part 2: Fri 17 Jun 2022, 10:00-11:30

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Part 1: Tue 21 Jun & Part 2: Tue 28 Jun 2022, 14:00-15:30

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Part 1: Thu 7 Jul & Part 2: Thu 14 Jul 2022, 10:00-11:30

Earley St Peter’s Church, Church Road, Earley Reading, RG6 1EY

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Part 1: Tue 19 Jul & Part 2: Tue 26 Jul 2022, 10:00-11:30

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Part 1: Thu 21 Jul & Part 2: Thu 28 Jul 2022, 10:00-11:30

Church House Oxford, Langford Locks, Kidlington, OX5 1GF

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Permission to Officiate

Permission to Officiate Safeguarding Learning Pathway

The Permission to Officiate Safeguarding Learning Pathway supports those with Permission to Officiate to explore and reflect upon the safeguarding dimensions involved in their ministry.

The Permission to Officiate safeguarding learning pathway consists of one three-hour session, with pre-session activities for participants and a reflective evaluation exercise following the session.

To book a training place on a Permission to Officiate session please click on the Eventbrite Booking Links below, to register for an Eventbrite ticket. The safeguarding training will be held mainly over Zoom but there are some face-to-face sessions available for those unable to complete the training through Zoom. Participants will receive an email confirming details of how to access the training, and providing training materials, approximately two weeks before the session. If you do not receive this then please email rebecca.norris-bulpitt@oxford.anglican.org.

Participants should have completed Basic Awareness and Foundation before completing this Pathway. These online modules can be accessed through the Safeguarding Training Portal. Further information can be found in the Basic Awareness and Foundation Online section.

Permission to Officiate Eventbrite Booking Links

2022

Mon 20 Jun 2022, 10:00-13:00

Earley St Peter’s Church, Church Road, Earley Reading, RG6 1EY

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Mon 27 June 2022, 10:00-13:00

Church of Christ the Cornerstone, 300 Saxon Gate, Milton Keynes, MK9 2ES

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Fri 8 July 2022, 10:00-13:00

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Safer Recruitment

Safer Recruitment and People Management

The Safer Recruitment and People Management pathway supports participants to develop an understanding of why safer recruitment is important in the context of developing a culture of safeguarding in the Church. It also explains how to safely recruit staff and volunteers in line with Church of England policy and guidance.

The pathway is available online through the Church of England Safeguarding Training Portal. The approximate completion time is 1.5-2hrs, with questions to complete at the end. The pass mark is 75% and retakes are permitted.

Participants should have completed Basic Awareness and Foundation before completing this Pathway. These online modules can also be accessed through the Safeguarding Training Portal.

To access the e-learning go to the Church of England Safeguarding Training Portal.

  • If you do not already have an account you will need to create an account. 
  • Please detail which parish you attend and that this is part of the Diocese of Oxford so that the information can be included in our training report. 
  • For Training Institution please select ‘Not part of a Training Institution.’
  • It can take 24 hours to receive your log-in information. If you do not receive email confirmation, please check your junk mail folder.
  • Select Online Courses & the Learning Pathway that you will be completing.

For any difficulties in accessing the Safeguarding Training Portal please email elearning@safeguardingtraining.cofeportal.org.

PSO Induction

Parish Safeguarding Officer Induction - Safeguarding Learning Pathway

Karen’s explanation of the role and her ways of coping effectively with the wide range of demands was excellent and very reassuring.’

Participant Feedback Sept 2021

The Parish Safeguarding Officer Induction equips learners with an understanding of the role of the Parish Safeguarding Officer and inducts them into key working practices and relationships.

The Parish Safeguarding Officer Induction consists of one 3hr15min session, with pre-session activities for participants, the production of a post-course safeguarding development plan and a follow up discussion with a member of the safeguarding team.

To book a training place on a Parish Safeguarding Officer Induction session please click on the Eventbrite links below and register for a ticket. The training will be held over Zoom and participants will receive an email confirming details of how to access the training, and providing training materials, approximately two weeks before the session. If you do not receive this then please email rebecca.norris-bulpitt@oxford.anglican.org.

Participants should have completed Basic Awareness and Foundation before completing this Pathway. These online modules can be accessed through the Safeguarding Training Portal. Further information can be found in the Basic Awareness section.

Parish Safeguarding Officer Induction Eventbrite Booking Links

2022

Mon 4 Jul 2022, 18:00-21:15

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Domestic Abuse

Domestic Abuse Safeguarding Learning Pathway

‘The course helps very effectively to focus on the numerous areas of domestic abuse and how to recognise concerns and deal with them appropriately within the context of the Church.’

Participant Feedback Oct 2020

The Domestic Abuse Safeguarding Learning Pathway equips participants to engage thoughtfully and proactively with the issue of domestic abuse and those affected.

The pathway is available through the Church of England Safeguarding Training Portal, to complete online. The approximate completion time is 1.5-2hrs, with questions to complete at the end. The pass mark is 75% and retakes are permitted.

Participants should have completed Basic Awareness and Foundation before completing this Pathway. These online modules can be accessed through the Safeguarding Training Portal.

To access the e-learning go to the Church of England Safeguarding Training Portal.

  • If you do not already have an account you will need to create an account. 
  • Please detail which parish you attend and that this is part of the Diocese of Oxford so that the information can be included in our training report. 
  • For Training Institution please select ‘Not part of a Training Institution.’ 
  • It can take 24 hours to receive your log-in information. If you do not receive email confirmation, please check your junk mail folder.
  • Select Online Courses & the Learning Pathway that you will be completing.

For any difficulties in accessing the Safeguarding Training Portal please email elearning@safeguardingtraining.cofeportal.org.

Advance Warning and Domestic Abuse Resources

For some of us, the content of the domestic abuse course may be challenging and possibly cause us distress. As with all safeguarding training, it is important to look after yourself as you work through the materials, taking breaks as needed. If you feel that either yourself or someone within the Church community could be at risk of domestic abuse, please reach out to your Parish Safeguarding Officer. Here are further details for Local & National Domestic Abuse Resources that you can access.

Domestic Abuse – Eventbrite Booking Links

A limited number of onsite Domestic Abuse sessions are available. These sessions are three hours.

To book a training place on a Domestic Abuse session please click on the Eventbrite links below and register for a ticket. Participants will receive pre-session activities by email to complete before attending the training and should allow 45 minutes to work through these. The activities will be drawn upon throughout the session. If you do not receive this email, please email rebecca.norris-bulpitt@oxford.anglican.org.

2022

Fri 1 Jul 2022, 10:00-13:00

Church House Oxford, Langford Locks, Kidlington, Oxford, OX5 1GF

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Young Leaders

Young Leaders - Safeguarding Learning & Induction

We know that many young leaders will be involved in supporting activities with children and vulnerable adults across the diocese. It is vital that they are not only equipped to undertake their roles safely, following good safeguarding practice, but that they are also able to identify potential signs of abuse or neglect and know how to respond to safeguarding concerns with the support of their team. 

To assist them in this, young leaders aged 16-17 will now be expected to complete the Basic Awareness module through the Safeguarding Training Portal. This should be completed by the young leader when there is an adult available at home who they can talk to if they have been impacted by any of the training content.

A guidance document Safeguarding Induction - Young Leaders has also been created for adult leaders, who will be supervising young leaders aged 16-17 when they are undertaking their roles. The guidance and scenarios should be discussed as part of the young leader’s induction, and provides an opportunity to explore some of the safeguarding situations which the young leader may come across, how they should respond and what support they have from other team members.

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

1) How do I renew my safeguarding learning?

Safeguarding learning needs to be renewed every three years. 

Church Officers need to repeat the core safeguarding learning pathway that is the highest required for their role. If the person has not completed Basic Awareness/Foundation previously, they will need to complete both learning pathways as part of renewing their training. The exception to this would be if they are only required to complete Basic Awareness and therefore they would not need to complete Foundation as well. 

The additional safeguarding learning pathways also need to be renewed every three years.

Even if you have completed C0 and C1 previously it is recommended that you complete the new versions of Basic Awareness and Foundation through the Safeguarding Training Portal as the content has been significantly revised.

2) I've completed safeguarding training in another setting. Do I still need to complete it with the Church of England?

Yes. Whilst we recognise that many people bring a valuable range of skills, knowledge and experience to their roles it is still important that the required Church of England safeguarding learning pathways are completed. This is due to the need to consider safeguarding within the context of the church, including our safeguarding responsibilities, potential risks and responding processes.

3) Do I have to complete the Safeguarding Learning Pathways?

We hope that most people will want to complete the Safeguarding Learning Pathways in order to keep their safeguarding knowledge as up to date as possible, to prevent safeguarding issues, respond appropriately to concerns and create a safer culture across our churches. We understand however that sometimes there may be resistance and people will ask if they ‘really have to’ complete safeguarding training.

It is important to be aware that the Safeguarding and Clergy Discipline Measure 2016 imposes a legal duty on clergy, readers and lay workers, churchwardens and parochial church councils to “have due regard to guidance issued by the House of Bishops on matters relating to the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults”. This includes the Safeguarding Learning and Development Framework (2021) which outlines which Church Officers, undertaking paid or voluntary roles on behalf of the Church, need to complete particular Church of England safeguarding learning pathways.  Not only do individuals need to complete their required pathways but those in Church Leadership e.g. the Clergy and PCC are required to ensure that other Church Officers within the parish complete the safeguarding learning pathways required for their roles.

The legal duty to have due regard means that the person to whom the guidance is directed is not free to follow the guidance as they choose.  As a matter of law, the guidance should be given great weight and must be followed unless there are ‘cogent reasons’ for not doing so. Further guidance on the Duty to have Due Regard can be found here. ‘Cogent reasons’ are reasons that are clear, logical and convincing.  It will be very rare for there to be cogent reasons for not following House of Bishops guidance on safeguarding.

A failure by a member of the clergy to comply with the duty to have due regard to House of Bishops safeguarding guidance is misconduct under the Clergy Discipline Measure 2003 (‘CDM’).  Were proceedings under the CDM to involve an allegation of failing to have due regard to the guidance, the onus would be on the member of clergy concerned to establish that they had cogent reasons for not following the guidance.

A failure by a reader or lay worker to have due regard to House of Bishops safeguarding guidance would be grounds for the revocation of the reader’s or lay worker’s licence by the bishop.

A failure by a churchwarden or parochial church council to have due regard to House of Bishops safeguarding could result in an investigation being carried out by the Charity Commission and the churchwarden or PCC members being disqualified as charity trustees. Click here for further information from the Charity Commission on Safeguarding and protecting people for charities and trustees.

Additional Learning Opportunities

Additional Learning Opportunities

We use this page to share additional safeguarding learning opportunities that are available to supplement the Church of England Safeguarding Learning and Development Framework. If you have recently completed a safeguarding related course, or are aware of resources that you feel others could benefit from in the diocese, then please let the safeguarding team know.

Real Safeguarding Stories

Real Safeguarding Stories is a free video resource, where anonymised survivor's stories are shared to support engagement with safeguarding issues. Areas of safeguarding covered within the videos include domestic, financial and sexual abuse and the experiences of both child and adult survivors are explored. Each video is accompanied by guidance notes which highlight the learning objectives, points for discussion, and useful links for further support and information.

ACEs: Introduction to Adverse Childhood Experiences

This free online learning course is for those who work or volunteer with children, young people and their families. The 50-minute course explores the adverse experiences which can impact on a child's development, the impacts this can then have for the individual throughout their life course and the protective factors which can help to prevent ACEs.


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