Training and Events


The Safeguarding Training Officer delivers various levels of safeguarding training, and dependent upon your role, you may be required to undertake one or more of the Safeguarding Training Modules. Below are explanations of each module and details of how to complete training either online or by booking a training session with the team. 


Safeguarding Training Modules (for more details on each module and who should attend, click on the title. More details of how to book can be found at the bottom of the page)

Safeguarding Basic Awareness Training
Basic safeguarding training is essential for anyone volunteering in a Church, Cathedral, and fresh expression or on behalf of the Church in the community. The course can also be completed by church members who would like to develop their understanding of safeguarding. It provides a basic knowledge of safeguarding as a foundation in keeping people safe in the church community whether in role or as a member of a Church. The course is completed online using the Church of England Safeguarding Portal, see the below the boxes for howe to register, and can be completed in your own time.
Basic safeguarding training is also a prerequisite for further training, including foundation safeguarding training and safeguarding leadership training. These courses are for anyone who is working with children, young people or vulnerable adults or in a position of trust. Some people will also need to go on to do Safeguarding Foundation Training.
If you have any concerns or issues about the training then please contact Louise warner, louise.warner@leccofe.org or call 07729628319
Safeguarding Foundation Training
This is a foundation module that aims to situate safeguarding in the context of the Church and equip participants with knowledge and skills in knowing what, when and how to report concerns. It is required for anyone who has safeguarding responsibilities or has contact in their church role with Children, young people and / or vulnerable adults. This is a course for lay volunteers and paid staff in roles involving contact with under 18s and/or vulnerable adults. It is also suitable for paid staff members who have only indirect contact with under 18s and/or vulnerable adults.
This training is completed once by those holding a license, commission, authorisation, permission to officiate from a Bishop – Ordained and Lay.
Some people will also need to go on to do Virtual Safeguarding Leadership Training, where they play a lead role in shaping the culture of the Church body concerned. Please see the Who Needs to Do Virtual Safeguarding Training document for further information.
The course is completed online using the Church of England Safeguarding Portal, see the below the boxes for how to register, and can be completed in your own time. Everybody will need to do refresher training every 3 years of the highest level they have previously completed.
If you have any concerns or issues about the training then please contact Louise warner, louise.warner@leccofe.org or call 07729628319
Safeguarding Leadership Training
This is a safeguarding leadership training module that explores leadership in a safeguarding context and is considerably different from previous leadership training. The course now takes 10-12 weeks in total, including time for pre course work, two Zoom sessions and work in between and then follow up. You can see the shape of the training here.
There are a number of people that must complete the training, including clergy (excluding some PTO with specific training in development), although recent changes mean that the individual role is the deciding factor where they play a lead role in shaping the culture of the Church body concerned, so some who would previously have undertaken it now need to do the basic safeguarding and Foundation Safeguarding training. Please see the Who Needs To Do Safeguarding Leadership Training document to check whether you will, you may need to check with your vicar/ incumbent if you are unsure and can always seek help from the safeguarding team.
Everybody will need to do refresher training every 3 years of the highest level they have previously completed.
If you have any concerns about the training then please contact Louise warner, louise.warner@leccofe.org or call 07729628319
PTO Safeguarding Training
For those holding PTO who do not hold a leadership position which significantly shapes the culture of a specific Church body they minister in; in which case completion of VSLT, Virtual Safeguarding Leadership Training will be required.
The course involves some pre-course preparation/ reflection, recorded in the course workbook, to enable full participation in the discussion-based course. The course handbook will be emailed, where possible on booking, but please be aware that the materials may not be available until the 4 May initially. There will also be some post course follow up required, including watching Exposed: The Church’s Darkest Secret, 2-hour long programmes and a reflection, in the workbook, that will be submitted approximately 4-6 weeks after the session. The course is not complete until the submission has been received and signed off, which is recognised with the issuing of a certificate. The course will last approximately 3 hours and will involve three approximately 45 minute discussion based Zoom sessions, with a 15 minute break between each. Some courses will offer a slightly longer gap between the sessions for those who would find that helpful.
Session 1: Discussion of questions about safeguarding.
Session 2: Theological reflection from a safeguarding point of view.
Session 3: Case studies relevant to PTO ministry.
To see the upcoming training dates click here. To book please complete the booking form, including the course reference code and return to sgbookings@leccofe.org . Please note that there are limited spaces for each course, so you are asked to identify more than one possible course. If you have any concerns about the training, then please contact Louise Warner, louise.warner@leccofe.org
Safer recruitment
This training module explores the scope of safer recruitment procedures in the church context for all paid staff and volunteers and adults. This module is essential for those with responsibility for administering DBS, Clergy and those with recruitment responsibilities. This would involve PCC members, Cathedral and Parish Safeguarding Coordinators and Safeguarding leads. There are plans for an online version of the course, although we do not have a firm date. In the meantime this will be offered over Zoom on an occasional basis.
Domestic Abuse
This module focuses on the issues relating to domestic abuse, especially for vulnerable groups and children in the context of adult abuse, and how the Church can respond well to this. This module is essential for anyone holding the Bishop’s Licence or Permission to Officiate, Spiritual Directors, Pastoral roles, Visitors, Bishop’s Visitors, leaders of children/youth and adult activities and Parish/ Cathedral Safeguarding Coordinators.
Modern day slavery
Training on Modern Day Slavery – The Clewer Initiative offers a range of resources and online training for churches on the issue of Modern Day Slavery and how to respond – this can be accessed via their website theclewerinitiative.org/

Due to the impact of COVID-19, safeguarding training courses are now taking place either online using the National Safeguarding Training Portal or by Zoom for virtual safeguarding training for the foreseeable future.

Instructions to access Safeguarding Basic Awareness and Foundation Training

Please note that these courses have been updated and can be completed at any time at your convenience. The Basic Awareness training only needs to be completed once, although some people have found it helpful to repeat it when they have not done it for some time.

How to complete training online Basic Awareness and Foundation only:

  1. Click on link to National Safeguarding team training portal - safeguardingtraining.cofeportal.org/
  2. Click online course Basic Awareness (formerly C0) or Foundation (formerly C1).
  3. Click on create new account if you have not previously registered for one. If previously registered sign in and go to step 7. (If you have forgotten your password, then you should be able to click the forgotten password link and be sent an email to reset it.)
  4. Enter your details.
  5. Enter Diocese of Leicester.
  6. Enter ‘not part of training institution’ on institution drop down box
  7. Go to Online Courses and choose the relevant course. Basic Awareness Safeguarding Training (formerly C0) or Foundation Safeguarding Training (formally C1).
  8. Complete the core module.
  9. Once completed core module print off certificate. It will also be helpful to save a copy, if needed by scanning it into a computer or taking a photograph of it.
  10. Bring certificate Safeguarding Basic Awareness (formally C0) or Foundation (formerly C1) with you to any required further face to face safeguarding training, or email if going on to complete the Virtual Safeguarding Leadership Training.
  11. Inform your Safeguarding Coordinator/ relevant Mission and Ministry course leader that you have completed the training for their records, providing the certificate as required.
  12. Make a note of the completion and expiry date, courses are valid for 3 years. Entering a reminder in an electronic calendar will help ensure that you keep your training up to date.

How to book Virtual Safeguarding Leadership Training

Check Who needs to do Virtual Safeguarding Leadership Training in the Diocese of Leicester? Document.

Check the dates and deadlines information. Please note the course code for the course that you wish to attend.

Complete the booking form, including the course code booking form link needed

Return the booking form to sgbookings@leccofe.org

 If you have any concerns about completing safeguarding training, please contact Louise Warner: louise.warner@leccofe.org or call 07729628319


Booking for Safer Recruitment Training 

Find the list of upcoming dates here.

Complete the booking form, including the course code booking form link needed

Return the booking form to sgbookings@leccofe.org

If you have any concerns about completing safeguarding training, please contact Louise Warner: louise.warner@leccofe.org or call 07729628319.




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