Safeguarding Training

Safeguarding Training information, in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), can be found here.

The 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.

The Church of England’s Safeguarding Learning and Development Framework 2021, provides a clear framework for safeguarding training across all Church of England communities, and replaces previous safeguarding training practice guidance.  A range of safeguarding training modules are a mandatory requirement for particular Church Officer roles.  Safeguarding training should be renewed every 3 years.  Further information in response to frequently asked safeguarding training questions can be found in Safeguarding Training FAQs.

2021 Leadership Safeguarding Training

2021 Raising Awareness of Domestic Abuse Safeguarding Training

The 2021 Safeguarding Training Programme can be found by following the links above.  To book a training place on a Leadership or Raising Awareness of Domestic Abuse session please click on the Eventbrite Booking Link, within the programme, to register for an Eventbrite ticket.

Safeguarding Training Modules

The document below details the essential safeguarding training modules required for completion by those undertaking a range of roles within a parish.

Essential Safeguarding Training Modules for Parish Roles (Jan 2021)

ModuleBasic Awareness

(Formerly C0)


(Formerly C1)


(Formerly C3)

Safer Recruitment

(Formerly S1)

Raising Awareness of Domestic Abuse

(Formerly S3)

Module SummaryTo provide learners with a basic awareness of safeguarding and enable them to integrate this into their Christian faith and the Church’s ministry.Situates safeguarding in the context of the Church and equips participants with the knowledge and skills in knowing what, when and how to report concerns.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.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.Examines the issues relating to domestic abuse, especially for vulnerable groups, and how the Church can respond well to this.
Delivery FormatCompleted online through the Safeguarding Training Portal.

Approximate completion time is 1 hr 15 minutes.

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

Completed online through the Safeguarding Training Portal.

Approximate completion time is  2 hours.

Completed at 2 x 90 minute Zoom sessions with pre-session activities.Will be available as an online module, expected to launch in 2021.

Parishes will be contacted when the module becomes available.

Completed at 2hr 15 minute Zoom session with pre-session activities.
Required Church Officer CompletionRequired for anyone going on to complete Foundation or Leadership training.

Required for PCC members.

Required for anyone who has safeguarding responsibilities or has contact in their church role with children or vulnerable adults.

Foundation must be completed before someone attends Leadership training.

Required for anyone who has safeguarding leadership responsibilities and who plays a lead role in shaping the culture of their church body.

Required for anyone who has a  Licence, Authorisation or Permission from a Diocesan Bishop & Parish Safeguarding Officers.

Required for anyone with responsibility for administering DBS, those with recruitment responsibilities and Parish Safeguarding Officers.Required for anyone holding the Bishop’s Licence, Authorisation or Permission.

Required for Spiritual Directors, Bishops Visitors, Pastoral Visitors and Parish Safeguarding Officers.