Booking is currently via the Learning Hub. From 1 June 2023, Autumn Leadership courses (only) will be booked via the Church of England Safeguarding Training Portal. Please see the 3 announcements at the beginning of the training schedule. More information will follow shortly. The website information will be fully revised with full details once they are available.

Learning Hub Guides: We have put together a helpful video guide, as well as a step-by-step pdf guide.  Please see these in the first instance as your question is likely answered within these guides.  If you are still struggling, please contact us via the email or 01636 817200.  

All the links you will need are in the training schedule however here they are in summary:

  • All Diocesan Safeguarding courses are now bookable via the Learning Hub
  • To register as a new user, you can register here.  
  • Please see the helpful ‘how-to’ video guide here.  
  • See the step-by-step guide here.
  • Help video to submit coursework via the Learning Hub here

Please also note that the online safeguarding courses can now be accessed via links within the Learning Hub, or more directly via the Church of England Safeguarding training portal.

 • Basic Awareness • Foundation • Raising Awareness of Domestic Abuse • Safer Recruitment and People Management

If you are unsure which Safeguarding training you require for your role, please view our training matrix linked here.   

Meet the team:

Seriena Hodder – Safeguarding Training Manager
Dawn Todd – Safeguarding Administrator

The team is supported by a wealth of experienced sessional trainers – Susan Dawson, Rachel Green and Heather Rolfe.

“People should leave a training experience in some way different from the way they entered, The safeguarding learning and development pathways have been developed with this intention” Safeguarding Learning and Development Framework 2021.

Training requirements: For a table of Training requirements for Church Officer roles, please see the training matrix and the learning and development framework

  • PCC members complete both the Basic Awareness, Foundation and Domestic Abuse Awareness courses. This is to reflect the importance of the governance role pf PCCs as Charity Trustees, especially where they are offering groups for children and vulnerable adults. 
  • Church wardens complete the Basic Awareness, Foundation, Leadership, and Domestic Abuse Awareness modules. This is due to their key role as leaders of their churches especially during times of vacancy. 
  • Spiritual Directors must also complete Basic Awareness, Foundation and the Leadership Module as they may well be mentoring key Church leaders who do have ultimate responsibility in their Parishes.

Training available via the CofE Training Portal – Safeguarding Training Portal

Safeguarding Basic Awareness (Online Training) – This course is the minimum training required for everyone holding any role in the church If you have any additional responsibilities such as work with children or adults, prayer ministry etc. Or are Safeguarding coordinator or lead for the PCC, or Church Warden then you also need to complete the Foundation and possibly the Leadership module as well. 

Foundation – we also provide this course as face to face training. Places do fill up quickly so book early to avoid disappointment.  If the Foundation module is the highest level of training you require please try to attend a face to face session.

Training is only available through the Diocese – either face to face or via Zoom. Each parish is individual and may have contextual areas of safeguarding that may need further training, please feel free to contact us for a consultation to ensure all your training needs have been met –

 “Survivors of abuse have a key role to play in the development and delivery of transformative learning, it is also fundamental to the development of healthy and safe cultures within church communities that the voices of victims are heard and considered at every step of our learning and development journey” Safeguarding learning and development Framework 2021.

If you have any specific needs to enable you to access the training, we can usually help.

Please contact Seriena Hodder or Julian Hodgson confidentially on 01636 817200 if you wish to discuss any concerns about training content prior to your booking.

We understand that safeguarding can be a difficult topic for some people. If you are concerned about the training or affected by any of the course content, then please contact the team for support.  

Contact us on 01636 817200 or

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