Safeguarding training - overview


The House of Bishops' policies Promoting a Safe Church (2006), Protecting All God's Children (2010), and the recommendations from the Chichester report all highlight the importance of regular safeguarding training for:

  • Everyone who works with children (under 18) or adults who are vulnerable
  • Everyone in a position of authority or trust
  • Everyone who holds a Bishop's Licence or has the Bishop's Permission to Officiate

Legislation, government policy and good practice guidelines relating to safeguarding change on a regular basis and it is important to keep up to date with these changes by attending appropriate training.

The Diocese of Coventry provides a range of different safeguarding training events which are all free of charge. Booking is essential since there's a limited number of places at each event.

The course have recently been renamed:

  • C0 has become - Basic Safeguarding Module
  • C1 has become - Foundation Safeguarding Module
  • C2 has become - Leadership Safeguarding Module
  • C3 has been discontinued - all new clergy and readers will complete Basic, Foundation and Leadership Modules

In order to complete the refresher training you now complete the highest level of training that completed three years previously. For example:

  • If you completed the Foundation Safeguarding Module (three years ago) and have not been required by your role to complete the leadership training you will complete the foundation course again.
  • If you previously compled either the C3 course or the C2 leadership training three years ago you now will complete the Leadership Safeguarding Module

These modules are updated on an annual basis so you will always receive new information

Online basic safeguarding awareness training (C0)

We are aware that safeguarding training is a difficult subject and can raise issues for some people about past or current experiences. If you are a survivor of any kind of abuse please think carefully about completing this module online. You may wish to consider completing the module with a friend or in a group.

Alternatively you may wish to complete the module face to face with one of the Diocesan trainers, if this is the case please contact one of the team, by telephone 02476 521345 (press option 2), or e-mail.

For more information about this module please click here.

Foundation safeguarding module (C1)

This follows on from the basic awareness safeguarding module. The two and half hour training session is for:

  • Everyone who works with children (under 18) or adults who are vulnerable
  • Parish Safeguarding Officers
  • Churchwardens
  • New clergy and new readers
  • People in a position of responsibility or leadership within the church
  • Those refreshing their foundation training
  • Anyone who wants to learn more about safeguarding in the Church

Foundation safeguarding module (C1) during COVID

During the Covid-19 crisis the Foundation Module should be completed online. To do this:

  • Go to the Church of England safeguarding training portal
  • Click on register new user. If you previously completed the C0 online you are already registered and should log in with your user name and password
  • If you are registering for the first time, fill in the details requested. Your password will need to contain a capital, a lower case letter, and a number or a symbol
  • Wait for the email to confirm you have registered
  • Click on the link in your emails
  • Log in with your user name and password
  • Click on the online courses
  • Search for the basic (C0) or Foundation (C1) course

Leadership safeguarding module (C2)

This module carries on from the Foundation module. This two and half hour training session is for everyone in a leadership role in the church, including:

  • Parish Safeguarding Officers
  • Churchwardens
  • People in a position of significant responsibility or leadership within the church
  • New Clergy and Readers
  • Those refreshing their previous leasership training
  • Anyone who wants to learn more about safeguarding in the Church

Please click here for more details.

Safeguarding for clergy and readers (C3)

Please click here for more details. Please note, all new clergy or readers will need to complete the Foundation and the leadership modules before taking this module.

Parish Safeguarding Officer Training

There is currently no Parish Safeguarding Officer Training planned for 2020.

Safer Recruitment Training (S1)

This training is for Clergy, Parish Safeguarding officers and others involved in Safer Recruitment. The course covers:

  • Safer Recruitment for volunteers and paid staff
  • The nine steps of Safer Recruitment
  • DBS eligibility

Please click here for more information.

Raising Awareness & Responding Well to Domestic Abuse (S3)

This is for all Clergy. The training is a full days training from 9.30am - 4pm and covers:

  • Domestic Violence/Abuse and who is most affected
  • How to support those facing domestic abuse
  • Key theological issues
  • What churches can do
  • Take away with ‘One thing you can do’
  • Exercises and case studies

Lunch is provided.