Safeguarding Leaders Training

All training is now booked on the Canterbury Diocese Training Platform - Canterbury Diocese Training (


The Leadership Pathway is 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.

It is a compulsory element for being granted and continuing to hold a Licence. 

The course will be run in accordance with the programme set out by the National Safeguarding Team and is usually delivered over two 90 minute sessions using Zoom with joining instructions sent out in advance. A small number of face-to-face sessions are also available for people who are unable to access online training, either because of a disability or because they do not have access to a computer or equivalent. When booking you must ensure you are available for both dates.

There are some reflective pieces of work which need to be undertaken in advance of each session and sent back to the trainer by the date indicated below.

Participants also need to ensure that they have completed both the Basic Awareness (formerly C0) and Foundations (formerly C1) online Safeguarding training (found on the Church of England Safeguarding Website) in advance of the course and can provide evidence of their completion.

Once the course is completed, there are a couple of additional tasks that will need to be undertaken prior to completion certificates being sent. Completion of the training, therefore, is usually around 6 weeks after the first session.  You will be required to update your training every 3 years. 



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