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) 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 under the How To Book Virtual Safeguarding Training heading towards the bottom of the page.
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@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 and People Management
This training module 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. 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 in person courses available, further details will be released once there is a plan in place.
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

Training Available

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

Training Due August 2021

  • Domestic Abuse

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 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 )
  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 (formerly C0 and approximately 75 minutes) , Foundation Safeguarding Training (formally C1 and approximately 90 minutes), Safer Recruitment and People Management (approximately 1½ - 2 hours). Modern Day Slavery related training is under the resources heading.
  7. Complete the relevant module, 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
  10. 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.

How to book Virtual Safeguarding Leadership Training

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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