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. And which will be developed and implemented over the next 18 months.

Course Refreshers

Core 5 training is a new national safeguarding refresher module which will be launched in January 2019.

If you have completed the old diocesan safeguarding training modules you need to book onto the relevant core or specialist training through the online booking form.

Core 0 Basic Awareness

This is an e-learning programme developed by the national safeguarding team.

It is recommended for anyone who needs a basic level of awareness in safeguarding. This may include but is not limited to PCC members, Vergers, servers, welcomers, caretakers, bellringers, choir members, sidespersons, refreshment helpers and shop staff.

It is also a prerequisite for all those attending face to face diocesan safeguarding training.

This will be refreshed every 3 years by a revised C0 module.

As a diocese we do encourage PCC members to 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 face to face 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.

You may choose one of two options, Core 1 CYP, for those who work mainly with Children and Young People, ​or Core 1 A, for those working mainly with Adults.

Refreshed every 3 years by C5 module.

Core 2 Lay Leadership (delivered with S1 Safer Recruitment)

This is required training for anyone who has safeguarding leadership responsibilities or responsibility for leading activities involving children and/or adults.

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, Home Group leaders.

Refreshed every 3 years by C5 module.

Core 3 Clergy and Lay Ministers (delivered with S1)

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

It includes but is not limited to clergy, authorised lay ministers/Readers, authorised pastoral assistants, Clergy/Reader with PtO*.

Refreshed every 3 years by C5 module.

*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 Representatives, 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. Please make a copy of this and give it to your Safeguarding Representative.

You can either book online or contact Boo Squires, Safeguarding Administrator, through email,, or on 01483 790354.