The Parish Safeguarding Officer is responsible for ensuring and monitoring delivery of Safeguarding training to all who require it.

All those who work with children, young people or adults at risk, or are responsible for those who do, must take part in safeguarding training every three years at the highest level required for those with applicable roles.

This means that if someone is required to do Leadership level training for their role, they do not need to refresh their Basic or Foundation training, if they just require Foundation training then they do not need to renew their Basic training etc.

Basic online training should be completed by everyone involved with children, young people and vulnerable adults – all clergy, church safeguarding officers, PCC members, licensed lay ministers, children’s champions and those working with any vulnerable group (children, young people or adults at risk).  Although it is only guidance, we do suggest that everyone completes at least Basic safeguarding training.

To check which level of training you’re required to complete, please see this chartNote: The National Church are currently updating the Parish Safeguarding Handbook, although this may not be published for a while.  If there is discrepancy of information, please always follow the Parish Safeguarding Dashboard and the Safeguarding Learning and Development Framework.

The Basic Awareness (C0) and Foundation (C1) safeguarding training courses can be accessed through the Church of England Safeguarding Training Portal. These need to be completed before moving on to Leadership Training for the first time, if a role requires this additional level of training.

Leadership Training, previously known as C2/C3, should then be completed by anyone who has safeguarding leadership responsibilities or leads activities involving children and/or adults at risk.

Senior Staff who have keys roles in safeguarding policy, strategy and practice should also complete Senior Staff training.