The Diocese of Winchester is working towards creating a church which is safer for everyone. The Church has an ambition to make a paradigm shift in its relationship with safeguarding, so that safeguarding flows from the essence of its mission and values. Safeguarding training is a key aspect of working towards this ambition.
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 the learning every three years. For more information from the National Church regarding Church of England’s Safeguarding Learning and Development Framework 2021 please click here. This framework sets out the details of the Church’s safeguarding learning pathways for all Church bodies, and the expectations on Church Officers in respect of those pathways. It replaces all previous safeguarding training practice guidance.
There are four pathways of safeguarding learning. The pathways build on the knowledge gained from the previous pathway and therefore they must be completed in consecutive order until the individual has reached the highest level of learning required for their role.
Within Winchester Diocese we have created a matrix to help guide parishes with identifying the minimum level of training each role may require.
Additional support for those undertaking the pathways – we want to ensure no one is excluded from completing any of the pathways. If we can support you by providing the details in a different format or supporting you over the phone, or by email please let us know. If you require someone to sit with you during the Zoom or on-line sessions to assist you, please do so.
Safeguarding learning can impact participants in a variety of ways. If you feel at all uncomfortable about any aspect of the learning, please get in touch with our Safeguarding Trainer either before or after you attend the course. If there is anything that would trigger any previous experience of abuse or make participation difficult then please ask to speak to the trainer.