- In an emergency situation please call the Police on 999.
The Church of England has a safeguarding learning and development framework which ensures that training is available to everyone in every Church of England community to enable them to safeguard children and adults and to work and worship safely together. The framework was approved by the House of Bishops in December 2015 and has been revised and reissued in January 2017 and again in July 2019.
A Diocesan Training Strategy has been adopted for 2020 - 2023 and is available here: Diocese of Bristol Safeguarding Training Strategy 2020 - 2023
The Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA) and Diocesan Training and Development Officer are available to advise on training and other safeguarding practice issues.
Each online module takes approximately 45 minutes to complete and are free to all.
The course is accessible via the National Safeguarding Training Portal here:
You can access the basic awareness and foundation safeguarding training via the portal. If the highest level of training needed is the Foundation you need to attend a face to face course. There is also training in the portal covering Modern Slavery.
Guidance on what to do in order to access the course is available in this document here:
NB: When entering your Parish name please use the full name: E.g St Stephens, Southmead or Benefice and Parish of Southmead, not 'St Stephens'.
The Diocese of Bristol support PCCs in meeting your safeguarding responsibilities by providing trainers to deliver the Safeguarding Foundation and the Safer Recruitment courses locally in Parishes. We recognise that many of our trainers and trainees are volunteers; since it's important that our time together is used efficiently, we ask that there is a minimum number of 10 for a training session. If you have trouble filling these places we can help you to organise a joint session with neighbouring parishes.
In order to request a Safeguarding Foundation or a Safer Recruitment course please complete the form and return to firstname.lastname@example.org