Safeguarding Training

Our Safeguarding training modules are compliant with the National Church Safeguarding Framework which requires core modules to be refreshed every 3 years.

Not sure which module is for you? Here’s a summary:

Safeguarding Basic Awareness Module

All Church Officers

Anyone going on to complete any other safeguarding learning pathway. To complete the course online please follow this link



Safeguarding Foundations Module

Anyone holding the Bishop’s licence, commission, authorisation, or permission (clergy, PtO, Readers, LLMs).

• Anyone in a role which involves work with children, young people, or vulnerable adults.

• Churchwardens.

• Anyone going on to complete any other safeguarding learning pathway.

• Pre-ordination or license students, prior to BAP or selection Panel.

• Vergers.

• PCC Members / Lay Chapter Members.

• Staff at Theological Education Institutions with student facing roles.

• Members of the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Panel

To complete this course online please follow this link.



Safeguarding Leadership 

This is designed for those people who play a lead role in shaping the culture of the Church body concerned. This will always include:

• All clergy holding the Bishop’s licence, commission, authorisation, or permission (including PtO where exemption has not been given) including Honorary/Assistant Bishops and Chaplains.

• All Readers and Licensed Lay Ministers holding the Bishop’s licence (under Canons E6 & E8), together with all others who hold the Bishop’s commission, authorisation, or permission to carry out similar ministerial functions (including PtO where exemption has not been given). (Ordinands need to have completed the Leadership Pathway before their diaconal ordination and lay ministers in training before they are licensed.)

• Non-executive members of Chapter (unless their role in the diocese requires a higher level).

• Safeguarding Officers / Leads in all Church bodies.

• Teaching staff at Theological Education Institutions who are delivering the Leadership Pathway.

Find out more here.


Permission to Officiate (PtO) Training

It is recognised that those with Permission to Officiate (PtO) still need to participate in safeguarding learning. It is also recognised that the exercise of PtO and the level of ministry can vary considerably between different people. For some it will involve a high level of work regularly, for others a very low level of work irregularly. As the main Safeguarding Leadership Pathway is now targeted at those people “who play a lead role in shaping the culture of the Church body concerned” those with PtO whose role meets this criterion must participate in the main Safeguarding Leadership Pathway. Those with PtO whose role does not meet this criterion must participate in a bespoke PtO Safeguarding Learning Pathway.  To book a date please click here


Parish Safeguarding Officer Induction

The purpose of this session is to introduce people to the PSO role making sure that they have all the tools required to carry out the job successfully. The focus of the session is to equip participants with an understanding of the role of the Parish Safeguarding Officer and induct them into key working practices and relationships. Prior to attending the course, PSOs will need to complete the Basic and Foundation courses as detailed above. To book a date click here

Lay Leaders

The Safeguarding Lay Leadership Module is specifically aimed at leaders of children’s and adult activities, Churchwardens, PCCs, Safeguarding Leads, Directors of Music, Bell Tower Captains, Organists, Choir leaders, home visitors and safeguarding coordinators. This is an additional module, produced by the Diocese of Canterbury, to give local, practical advice and support and to supplement the material provided by the Church of England national safeguarding team. From June 2021, this training is no longer being delivered as a face-to-face session. As an alternative, the training will be available on a video, which will shortly be available from this website.