Training and Events

Safeguarding training is an important part of living out our faith. The Church of England, including the Diocese of Leicester, long for safeguarding to become integral to the very DNA of the Church rather than an appendage, with good safeguarding behaviours flowing naturally and intuitively. Theology, by which we simply mean clear thinking about God and the faith we share, has been interwoven into all our learning and development pathways.

The Safeguarding Training Officer delivers various levels of safeguarding training and promotes the training required by the Safeguarding Learning and Development Framework, 2021, which is dependent upon your role, you may be required to undertake one or more of the Safeguarding Training pathways. Below are explanations of each course and details of how to complete training either online or by booking a training session with the team. 

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


Safeguarding Training Pathways

For more details on each pathway click on the title. To find out which training is required for your role, please consult the Safeguarding training Requirements table. More details of how to book can be found at the bottom of the page

Church of England Safeguarding Training Portal Instructions
Training Available on the Church of England Safeguarding Training Portal:

- Safeguarding Basic Awareness
- Safeguarding Foundation Training
- Safer Recruitment and People Management Training
- Domestic Abuse
- Introduction To Modern Day Slavery, under Resources then Safeguarding and Modern Slavery
- Safeguarding and Social Action, under Resources then Safeguarding and Modern Slavery

How to complete portal based training online:

1. Click on link to National Safeguarding team training portal - safeguardingtraining.cofeportal.org/

2. Click on create new account if you have not previously registered for one, don’t forget to give the name of your church. If you have previously registered sign in and go to step 6.

- 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. If you do not see it, check your junk email folder. If you still have problems contact the portal support email: elearning@safeguardingtraining.cofeportal.org 

- If you share an email address and you both need to complete training on the portal, please email your details to the portal support email above and they will be able to set a separate portal account up manually. Safeguarding: Training Portal: Can I use my spouse or partner's email address to register on the site? (cofeportal.org)

3. Enter your details.

4. Enter Diocese of Leicester. Don’t forget to give your Church/ fresh expression name and location and the role that you have,

5. Enter ‘not part of training institution’ on institution drop down box

6. Go to Courses, at the top left hand side of the screen, and choose the relevant course.

- Basic Awareness Safeguarding Training (core pathway, formerly C0 and approximately 75 minutes)
- Foundation Safeguarding Training (core pathway formally C1 and approximately 90 minutes),
- Raising Awareness of Domestic Abuse (issue-based pathway, approximately 1½ - 2 hours)
- Safer Recruitment and People Management (toolkit pathway, approximately 1½ - 2 hours).
- Modern Day Slavery related training is under the resources heading, although please note that no certificate is issued for that as the training is provided by the Clewer Initiative.

7. Complete the relevant course, you can take a break and pick it up again from where you left off by clicking on the course again.

8. Once completed core module save/ print off certificate, as you may need to produce it at some point. It will also be helpful to save a copy, although you can also access it at any time through the portal.

- If you need to find your certificate again it can be found by clicking the triangle next to your name in the top right hand of the page, then click view profile and then My Certificates which is under the miscellaneous heading.

9. Inform your Safeguarding Coordinator/ relevant Mission and Ministry course leader that you have completed the training, providing a copy of the certificate for their records. Courses will be recorded on the Diocesan database.

- Clergy also need to forward a copy of certificates to Ellie.Cox@LeicesterCofE.org for inclusion in the relevant blue folder.

Make a note of the completion and expiry date, which should be on your certificate, courses are valid for 3 years. Entering a reminder in an electronic calendar will help ensure that you keep your training up to date. You can download a PDF version of the instructions here.

Face-to-Face Training
While many people will be able to access online training via the Safeguarding training Portal, some will not and so there will be a face-to-face option available. Dates for face-to-face training can be found here.
Churches/ contexts where there are a number of people that require training and are unable to access it online through the Church of England Safeguarding Training Portal can express an interest in hosting training by completing the expression of interest form which can be downloaded here.  
Please complete the form in as much detail as possible to help us to understand your context training needs and return it to SGBookings@LeicesterCofE.org. It may take time to finalise any training and it may not be possible to grant all requests. This is a new system and will involve learning what will work best and still ensure that we meet the Safeguarding Learning and Development Framework 2021 requirements.
Please be aware that the optimum group size for training is 24 for portal-based pathways. So, it may be worth considering whether there are other churches that you could link with for training and there is space to indicate any possibilities on the form. For any training that is arranged, each course will be given its own code and each individual course attendee will be required to complete a dedicated booking form to ensure that there are accurate records and to allow for certificates to be issued after the course. Where possible the certificates will be issued electronically, as experience has shown that they are easier to keep track of.
Safeguarding Leadership and PTO training will continue to be delivered via Zoom, with occasional face-to-face courses offered within the normal dates for each course. If you have any concerns about safeguarding training, then please contact Louise.Warner@LeicesterCofE.org or 07729628319.
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@leicestercofe.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@leicestercofe.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) and those who hold the Bishop’s licence or commission: including Readers, Pioneers, Pastoral Assistants, Evangelists. Others will also need to complete the training where they play a lead role in shaping the culture of the Church body concerned, so some who would previously have undertaken leadership training now need to do the basic safeguarding and Foundation Safeguarding training.
Everybody will need to do refresher training every 3 years of the highest level they have previously completed. Dates for the training and a booking form can be found below.
Those holding a bishop’s licence or authorisation are also required to complete the Raising awareness of Domestic Abuse training, see the separate tab. In addition clergy and anyone that acts as a line manager, whether for employed workers or volunteers, or are involved in recruiting then you will also need to complete Safer Recruitment and People Management training, see the separate tab.
If you are not sure whether your role requires you to complete leadership training or if you have any concerns about the training then please contact Louise Warner, louise.warner@leicestercofe.org or call 07729628319

How to book Virtual Safeguarding Leadership Training
Check the dates and deadlines information. Please note the course reference code for the course that you wish to attend.

- Complete the booking form, including the course reference code

- Return the booking form to SGBookings@LeicesterCofE.org

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@leicestercofe.org. Please note that there are limited spaces for each course, so you are asked to identify more than one possible course. Those holding PTO are also required to complete the Raising awareness of Domestic Abuse training, see the separate tab. If you line manage anyone as part of your ministry or are involved in recruiting then you will also need to complete Safer Recruitment and People Management training, see the separate tab.
If you have any concerns about the training, then please contact Louise Warner, louise.warner@leicestercofe.org
Safeguarding Officer/ Co-ordinator Induction
We are now offering sessions for new co-ordinators/ officers, or those that would like a refresher, to help understand the role and the tools available to support them in their role. PSO1250522: Wednesday 25 May 10-1pm, Zoom – 10 spaces PSO2280622: Tuesday 28 June 1-4pm, Zoom – spaces You can book a place by emailing a completed booking form, see the bottom grey heading, to SGBookings@LeicesterCofE.org
Safer Recruitment and People Management
This training is a Toolkit pathway and explores the scope of safer recruitment and people management procedures in the church context for all paid staff and volunteers and adults. This module is essential for line managers, those who administer DBS checks, safeguarding officers in all church bodies and anyone involved in the recruitment of church officers, which includes employees, elected members and volunteers.
The training can be completed online via the National Safeguarding team training portal - safeguardingtraining.cofeportal.org/. Please allow 1.5-2 hours to complete the training. You will be able to download a copy of your certificate, which you will need to save and also send a copy to your Parish Safeguarding Coordinator , clergy please also send a copy to Bishop’s Lodge.
Successfully completed courses are added to diocesan records on a monthly basis. For those unable to complete training via the safeguarding training portal, there will be face-to-face courses available later in the year. If you require face-to-face training then please email SGBookings@LeicesterCofE.org to express an interest and be notified when dates are available.
If you are not sure whether your role requires you to complete leadership training, please consult the table at the top of the page. If you have any concerns about the training then please contact Louise warner, louise.warner@leicestercofe.org or call 07729628319
Raising Awareness of 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. The training has been developed with Domestic Abuse Charities.

This pathway 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.

Raising Awareness of Domestic Abuse Training is available on the Church of England Safeguarding Training Portal, and takes approximately 1.5-2 hours to complete.

If you are not sure whether your role requires you to complete leadership training, please consult the table at the top of the page. If you have any concerns about the training then please contact Louise warner, louise.warner@leicestercofe.org or call 07729628319.

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/
Useful documents
As part of the commitment to safeguarding being part of the DNA of the church and recognising the role that PCCs have to play in helping that happen the Safeguarding Learning and Development Framework, 2021, requires PCC members to complete basic awareness, foundation and raising awareness of domestic abuse training. To help PCC members understand what training they need to do we have created a document to explain the requirements and how to complete training. You can download the document here.
Booking form
To book a place on a training course, please complete the booking form, including the course reference code. Please return the booking form to SGBookings@LeicesterCofE.org

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

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