The Safeguarding Leadership Learning Pathway for those in leadership in church settings, builds on the Basic Awareness and Foundation modules, and is available online at the Church of England’s learning portal. Due to changes in our process all information for all levels of Safeguarding Learning are now only available via the portal (Actual teaching sessions for Leadership Learning will be via zoom or face to face). You will need to create an account on the portal if you don’t already have one. For help creating account follow this link.
If you have not yet completed those two courses, please do so as they provide the foundation for the learning you will undertake in the Safeguarding Leadership Learning Pathway.
This pathway supports the vision set out in the national Safeguarding Learning and Development Framework, which ensures that all Church officers develop their skills and knowledge in safeguarding to an appropriate level. As a Church we recognise the importance leaders play in creating and maintaining a safe environment for all, in whatever way they support the work of the Church. It is essential that we understand safeguarding as a theological imperative, rooted in the nature and love of God and demonstrated in behaviours that give equal value to all.
The Church has committed to developing a set of National Safeguarding Standards as part of a quality assurance framework. The framework currently under development will be a mechanism for:
- Asking the question “How well are we doing this and what difference is it making?”
- Analysing the answers to this question to develop organisational safeguarding expertise.
- Using that learned expertise to drive systematic change and continuous improvement in both the quality and impact of each activity, as our understanding of the nature of Church-based abuse evolves.
This learning pathway has been built around the National Safeguarding Standards.
Dates for 2024 are now available via the portal Church of England’s learning portal
We appreciate that this is a new process, and so to help we have produced a guide which shows how to book, but also how to complete the required precession work for Leadership Learning. The guide can be downloaded here.
Once you have booked on your course, you may also find the course handbook useful. The handbook contains additional information for context and will help expand your learning. It can be downloaded from the portal or here.