Training for clergy and parishes

We are committed to delivering high quality training for clergy and praishes

The Church of England’s Practice Guidance: Safeguarding Training and Development, published in 2019, provides a framework for safeguarding training.  A range of Core safeguarding training modules is a mandatory requirement for particular Church roles. 

Safeguarding training should be refreshed every 3 years.

The National Safeguarding Team have produced a framework of training to take account of the specific roles and context of the church from members of the congregations to senior leaders. 
Who gets what training in the Parish?
The national church training is organised at three levels. These are 

Basic Awareness
Recommended for anyone who wants a basic level of awareness of safeguarding.

Foundation
Required for anyone who has safeguarding responsibilities/contact with children and/or vulnerable adults

Leadership
Required for anyone who has safeguarding leadership responsibilities or is leading activities involving children and/or vulnerable adults.

Here we set out what is involved and how you can access the training. 

We are committed to making sure that officers and volunteers in our parishes have the right level of training. It is PCC's responsibility to make sure these duties are fulfilled. 

If you need further support and advice about what training is right for you then contact our Safeguarding Team.
 
Basic Awareness course
The Basic Awareness course can be completed by any member of the congregation, to support awareness-raising and a culture of support and vigilance in the Church.
 
You take it online at 
https://safeguardingtraining.cofeportal.org/login/index.php.

We recommend that those in the following roles are encouraged to complete basic awareness

Vergers, Servers, Welcomers, Caretakers, Refreshment Helpers, Shop Staff, Sidespersons, Flower Arrangers, Administrative Staff, Bell-ringers, Choir Members/Music Group Members (including Sound/AV Technicians), Liverpool DBF staff, Liverpool Cathedral staff and volunteers. Ordinands
Foundation course
The Foundation course can be completed by any member of the congregation to support awareness-raising and a culture of support and vigilance in the Church.

It must be completed by anyone who is required to complete the Leadership module,  prior to their attendance at the Leadership module.

It is required for anyone who has safeguarding responsibilities/contact with children and/or vulnerable adults

You can take it online at https://safeguardingtraining.cofeportal.org/login/index.php or you can book face to face training. Find out when the next course is at www.liverpool.anglican.org/Events-Page 

Attendees include but not limited to:

All those who need to complete Leadership training; Ordinands, sides people, welcomers, Lay employees and volunteers with pastoral responsibility, those working with children and vulnerable adults who do not lead the activity, drivers providing transport in an official capacity, choir/music/drama group member/leaders where there are under 18’s or vulnerable adults attending, PCC members, Spiritual Directors.
 
Leadership course
The Leadership course is required for anyone who has safeguarding leadership responsibilities or is leading activities involving children and/or vulnerable adults.

Attendees are required to have completed the Foundation course on line or face to face.

The Leadership course is face to face training. The latest courses are at www.liverpool.anglican.org/Events-Page

Those who should attend the leadership course include

Clergy and those with Permission to Officiate, Chaplains, Readers, Local Missional Leaders, Parish Safeguarding Officers, Lead Recruiters, Church Wardens, those who are in paid employment or a voluntary role which involves leadership work with children, young people or vulnerable adults, lay people exercising pastoral leadership in church such as leading home visiting teams or bereavement groups
 

Making it Easier

In this section

Responding well to domestic abuse

This course examines issues relating to Domestic abuse, and how the Church can respond well

This is face to face training. Find the next course at www.liverpool.anglican.org/Events-Page

This is essential training for anyone holding the Bishop’s Licence, commission authorization or Permission To Officiate.

We recommend this for Parish Safeguarding Officers, Spiritual Directors, Church Wardens, Leaders of children’s/adults activities, Youth Workers and others as relevant to their role.
 

How to do safer recruitment

This course explores the scope of safer recruitment procedures in the church context for all paid staff and volunteers.

This is a face to face training. Find the next courses at www.liverpool.anglican.org/Events-Pages

It is planned that this training will soon available on line.

This Essential Training for those with responsibility for administering DBS, those with recruitment responsibilities, clergy who are involved with recruitment, Lead recruiters.

This is recommended for anyone involved in the recruitment of church officers, paid and unpaid, lay or ordained.