TOWARDS A SAFER CHURCH - Safeguarding training programme


With Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser Ruth Rogan

It is now two and half years since we launched our Safeguarding Training Programme and during this time we have trained 1000 people on ‘Creating a Safe Space’, primarily laity and retired clergy, and 300 people on ‘Helping Others Create a Safe Space’, primarily clergy and Readers.

More than 200 people have been involved in undertaking a Parish Audit and producing a ‘Parish Safeguarding Action Plan’ and over 70 people have attended sessions about recruiting volunteers and paid staff safely.

We will run our last ‘Refreshing Safeguarding Practices’ (parish audit and action planning) on November 8th with the opportunity to ‘drop in’ at Church House anytime between 3-6pm. By the end of 2017 we would hope that every parish/church has its action plan in place, approved and monitored by the PCC.

In October 2017, we will be publishing our ‘Safeguarding Training Programme’ for 2018 and for the first time this will include refresher training for all those who attended their safeguarding training in 2015 (SG1/C1 and SG6/C3). These sessions will be held in different parts of the Diocese so hopefully there will be a convenient date and venue for those of you who need to attend.

Also for the first time we are running sessions specifically for bell ringers, organists and those involved in the musical life of our churches.

There is an on-line module available now called C0 - this is a basic safeguarding awareness raising module and is something to access before attending the foundation modules of C1 and C3. If anyone is interested in finding out more about this, please get in touch with Ruth Rogan at For all other training bookings please contact Ruth O’Hagan at R.O’ or on 0191 2704115

We can never be complacent about safeguarding training however much we think we know and however much experience we have. There is always more we can learn and reflect on to really ensure that our churches are the safe spaces we want and need them to be for everyone.

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