Training

Introduction
The Diocese of Chester is committed to delivering high quality safeguarding training for clergy and parishes.
Parishes should ensure that all officers and volunteers are trained to the correct level. It is the responsibility of both the individual and the PCC to ensure this criteria is fulfilled.

The Church of England's Safeguarding Learning & Development Framework 2021 provides guidance on safeguarding training along with details of the various learning pathways currently available.

Please note that safeguarding training should be renewed every three years.

Listed below are the safeguarding training courses available for 2022, which now include a new Parish Safeguarding Officer course and both the Raising Awareness of Domestic Abuse and Safer Recruitment & People Management modules. 

Basic Awareness 
This course will connect the core principles and practices of safeguarding to the Christian faith and can be completed by anyone wanting a basic understanding of safeguarding.

Pre-Requisites: None

Required attendees:

  • All Church Officers
  • Anyone going on to complete any other safeguarding learning pathway. 

This course is online and can be accessed via the Church of England Safeguarding Training Portal.

Please allow 90 minutes to complete. (This can be broken down into a number of sessions).

Foundation 
This course builds on the learning gained from the Basic Awareness course and helps to provide an understanding of good safeguarding practice in relation to your role and responsibilities.

Pre-Requisites: Basic Awareness course.

Required attendees:

  • Anyone holding the Bishop's licence, commission, authorisation, or permission (clergy, PtO, Readers, LLMs).
  • Anyone in a role which involves work with children, young people or vulnerable adults.
  • Churchwardens.
  • Vergers.
  • PCC members / Lay Chapter members.
  • Spiritual Directors.
  • Pre-ordination or license students prior to BAP or selection Panel.
  • Staff at Theological Education Institutions with student facing roles.
  • members of the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Panel.
  • Anyone going on to complete any other safeguarding learning pathway.

This course is online and can be accessed via the Church of England Safeguarding Training Portal.

Please allow 90 minutes to complete. (This can be broken down into a number of sessions). 

Leadership 
The Leadership Pathway is about leadership and cultural change and hence the people who participate should be those who play a lead role in shaping the culture of their Church body

Pre-Requisites: Basic Awareness & Foundation courses. There is mandatory pre-course work to complete and return in the three weeks leading up to the commencement of the course.

Required attendees:

  • All clergy holding the Bishop’s licence, commission, authorisation, or permission ( can include PtO if their role meets leadership criteria)
  • Honorary/Assistant Bishops and Chaplains
  • All readers and Licensed Lay Ministers holding the Bishop's Licence (can include PtO if their role meets leadership criteria)
  • Non-executive members of Chapter (unless their role in the Diocese requires a higher level)
  • Safeguarding Officers / Leads in all Church bodies
  • Teaching staff at Theological Education Institutions who are delivering the Leadership Pathway.
  • Other people who significantly influence the culture of the Church body. For example lay ministry staff employed by a PCC or Bishops Mission Order, locally appointed leaders of new worshipping communities, focal ministers and Churchwardens when parish in vacancy. 

This course is delivered by the Diocesan Safeguarding Team via two zoom meeting sessions lasting no longer than 90 minutes each. Please visit the Events page for details of Leadership training courses in 2022. The course information section of each advertisement will provide the dates and timings of both sessions.

Permission to Officiate
This course will explore and reflect upon the safeguarding dimensions involved in the ministry of those who hold PtO and whose role does not meet the Leadership training criteria above. 

Pre-Requisites: Basic Awareness and Foundation courses. There is some reading to complete prior to the course.

Required attendees:

  • Anyone holding PtO or is a Reader emeritus whose role does not meet the Leadership Pathway criteria above.

This is a two hour course and is delivered by the Diocesan Safeguarding Team via zoom meeting. Please visit the Events page for details of PtO courses in 2022.

Parish Safeguarding Officer Training
This course will equip newly appointed PSOs with an understanding of the role and induct them into key working practices and relationships. It is also suitable for existing PSOs wanting to refresh their knowledge.

Pre-Requisites: Basic Awareness, Foundation and Leadership courses. There is some reading to complete prior to the course.

Required attendees:

  • Persons taking on the role of Parish Safeguarding Officer.

This is a two hour course and is delivered by the Diocesan Safeguarding Team via zoom meeting. Please visit the Events page for details of PtO courses in 2022.

Raising Awareness of Domestic Abuse
This course will equip participants to engage thoughtfully and proactively with the issue of domestic abuse and those affected.

Pre-Requisites: Basic and Foundation courses.

Required attendees:

  • Anyone holding the Bishop's licence, commission, authorisation or permission (clergy, PtO, Readers, LLMs).
  • Bishop's Visitors / Pastoral Visitors.
  • Safeguarding Officers.
  • Ordinands during IME 1.
  • PCC Members / Lay Chapter Members.
  • Staff at Theological Education Institutions with student facing roles.
  • Members of the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Panel.

Whilst the above are required to attend, this course is also recommended for any other persons in a pastoral role within the Church.

This course is online and can be accessed via the Church of England Safeguarding Training Portal.

Please allow 90 minutes to complete. (This can be broken down into a number of sessions).

Safer Recruitment & People Management
This course will equip participants with an understanding of safer recruitment and the skills and practices necessary to promote positive safeguarding behaviour (and detect safeguarding risk) once a person is in role.

Pre-Requisites: Basic and Foundation courses.

Required attendees:

  • Line Managers and anyone involved in the recruitment of Church Officers (employees, elected members and volunteers).
  • Those with responsibility for administering DBS.
  • Safeguarding Officers in all Church bodies.
  • Ordinands during IME 1.

This course is online and can be accessed via the Church of England Safeguarding Training Portal.

Please allow 90 minutes to complete. (This can be broken down into a number of sessions).

For advice and assistance relating to any of the above courses please contact stephen.ellis@chester.anglican.org.

 

 

 
 


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