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Safeguarding Training

by sfutch last modified 24 Jan, 2022 11:50 AM

Attendance at Church of England training is mandatory for anyone performing certain roles connected with church activity including those who are lay and ordained. There is also a requirement to refresh training every three years. For more information from the national church regarding safeguarding training click here.

There are four 'levels' or 'Core Pathways' of training and different roles are eligible for each level. Each course builds on the knowledge gained from the previous, so they should be completed in consecutive order until the individual has reached the highest level of learning for their role.

There is also a safer recruitment online course (available through the Church of England Training Portal), and Understanding Domestic Abuse which will be available online and as a face-to-face course from January 2022. 

Within Salisbury Diocese we have created a matrix to help guide parishes about the minimum level of training (and DBS) each role may require.


Please be aware that the Church Of England are currently revising their Safeguarding Training Development Framework so when this is announced there will be changes to which roles need to complete which level of training.


If you might struggle to access safeguarding training for whatever reason, please do not hesitate to contact Jonathan Whiter (Salisbury Diocese Safeguarding Trainer) and we can discuss how we might be able to make reasonable adjustments to support you. This may be relevant if you are a survivor of abuse and may require some additional support to enable you to engage with training. Jonathan’s contact details are on the Who to Contact page.

Core Training Pathways 


The National Safeguarding Team are currently developing training courses relating to Domestic Abuse Awareness, Safer Recruitment and People Management, and a specific Leadership course for those who have Permission To Officiate.

Train the Trainer Course

Periodically we offer Train the Trainer courses so parishes can then deliver Basic and Foundation courses within their locality. For more information please contact Jonathan Whiter (Salisbury Diocese Safeguarding Trainer).







Thank you to Nenad Stojkovic for the use of the Senior Leadership image

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