Safeguarding Learning and Development

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, 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. Safeguarding training should be renewed every three years.

The documents below detail the recent changes in safeguarding learning and the essential safeguarding learning pathways for Church Officers.

Safeguarding Learning & Development Letter (July 2021)

Essential Safeguarding Learning Pathways for Church Officers (Sep 2021)

Core Safeguarding Learning Pathways
ModuleBasic Awareness

(Formerly C0)

Foundation

(Formerly C1)

Leadership

(Formerly C3)

Permission to Officiate
Module AimProvide 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.
Delivery FormatCompleted 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 module, 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 in Autumn 2021, 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 in Autumn 2021, for those unable to complete the training through Zoom.

Required Church Officer CompletionRequired 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.

-Tower Captains and Safeguarding Leads for Bellringing Groups.

-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
ModuleParish Safeguarding Officer InductionSafer Recruitment and People Management

(Formerly S1)

Domestic Abuse

(Formerly S3)

Module AimTo 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.
Delivery FormatCompleted 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 at 2hr 15 minute Zoom session with pre-session activities.

Will be available as online module, expected to be launched in 2021.  Parishes will be contacted when the module becomes available.

Required Church Officer CompletionRequired 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 (employees, elected members, volunteers).

-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.

-PCC Members / Lay Chapter Members.

-Staff at TEIs with student facing roles.

-Members of the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Panel.