Who Should Attend Which Training?

The Learning and Development Guidance 2017 approved by the House of Bishops and adopted by Guildford Diocese sets out the safeguarding training framework to ensure best practice, to equip those in role to respond effectively and with confidence in the event of a safeguarding concern and to promote ongoing vigilance in ministry.

The Practice Guidance is available to view on the Church of England website.

This sets out the required safeguarding training for all those in parish ministry, paid and voluntary, lay and ordained. Core safeguarding training modules aim to promote a safer church across church communities from members of our congregations to our senior leaders. A modular programme builds core, generic safeguarding training according to role, and through a person’s ministry path. The framework also identifies specialist areas of training which will be necessary for some roles. We deliver two of those modules, Safer Recruitment, S1 and Responding to Domestic Abuse and the remaining specialist will be developed and implemented by the national safeguarding team over the next 12 months.

As a diocese we do encourage PCC members to complete the online ​Core 1 training or attend Core 1 Parish training sessions, reflecting the PCC’s accountability as a body corporate for safeguarding in the church. These afford a valuable opportunity to explore best practice. Further information on Parish Training, including how to book.

Core 1 Foundation

This is required training for anyone who has safeguarding responsibilities or who, in their role, is in regular contact with children and/or adults.

This includes, but is not limited to, safeguarding representatives, safeguarding lead on PCC, church wardens, Readers in training, Ordinands prior to placement, spiritual directors, pastoral visitors, home group leaders, youth and children’s workers, bell ringers, activity assistants, church administrative staff.

It is available to complete online or can be delivered face to face to a parish or group basis by request.

Please Note: the National Core 0 Training is currently under revision. PCC members and others for whom Core 0 is recommended under the 2-17 Guidance are strongly encouraged to complete Core 1 Online.

Refreshed every 3 years by C5 module (not yet available).

Core 2 Lay Leadership 

This is required training for anyone who has safeguarding leadership responsibilities or responsibility for leading activities involving children and/or adults. This is available ​as parish training or as a generic/deanery session.

It includes safeguarding representatives, safeguarding leads on PCC, church wardens, youth and children’s leaders, Directors of Music, Bell Tower Captains, Home visitors, choir leaders, Overall Home Group leaders.

Refreshed every 3 years by C5 module (not yet available).

Core 3 Clergy

This is required for all those, ordained or lay, holding a “license, commission, authorisation, permission to officiate,” from the Bishop.

It includes, but is not limited to clergy, authorised lay ministers/​LLM's, authorised pastoral assistants, Clergy/LLM with PtO*.

Refreshed every 3 years by C5 module (not yet available).

*If PtO is rarely exercised then the Bishop can at their discretion limit the training requirement to C1.

Specialist Training

Specialist modules covering a range of subject areas have been developed by the national safeguarding team and by Guildford Diocese to complement the core modules. While the core modules provide the core training necessary to recognise, respond, refer and record safeguarding concerns, many ministers and church officers will also need to do further training in particular areas. Specialist modules (S modules) have been developed to meet these requirements. These modules are designed to raise awareness of these specific areas of safeguarding rather than to develop expertise.

The national specialist training currently available is S1 Safer Recruitment and S3 Responding to Domestic Abuse. In addition we offer training in Safer Ways with Social Media.

S1 Safer Recruitment

Explores the scope of safer recruitment procedures in the church context for all paid staff and volunteers with children and adults.

This is required training for those with responsibility for administering DBS, Clergy and those with recruitment responsibilities (for example designated members of PCCs or members of staff who regularly sit on interview panels), Parish/Cathedral Safeguarding Officers, Safeguarding Leads on PCC/Chapter.

Recommended also for anyone involved in the recruitment of church officers, paid and unpaid, ordained and lay.

S3 Responding to Domestic Abuse

Examines 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 is required training for anyone holding the Bishop’s Licence or Permission to Officiate, Spiritual Directors, Bishops Visitors, Pastoral Visitors, Leaders of children/adults activities, Diocesan/ Parish/Cathedral Safeguarding Representatives.

This is also recommended for anyone holding the Bishop’s commission or authorisation, Churchwardens, Youth Workers and others relevant to the role.

All those attending training receive a certificate of attendance, a copy of which we will also send to Willow Grange for clergy blue files where appropriate. Please make a copy and give it to your Safeguarding Representative.

The best way to book is through the online booking form. You can also download the training resources at the point of booking. In case of difficulty please contact Boo Squires, Safeguarding Administrator, through email,, or on 01483 790354.

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