Training and Events

The Safeguarding Training Officer delivers various levels of safeguarding training, and dependent upon your role, you may be required to undertake one or more of the Safeguarding Training Modules. Below are explanations of each module and details of how to complete training either online or by booking a training session with the team. 


Safeguarding Training Modules (for more details on each module and who should attend, click on the title)

To download a fact sheet with the list of training on offer and details of who should attend, click here

C0 Basic Awareness Safeguarding Training (C0 is a prerequisite to courses C1, C1 and C2 combined or C3)
Course Description and who should attend? C0 is basic safeguarding training for anyone volunteering in a Church, Cathedral, fresh expression of Church, or on behalf of the Church in the community. It provides a basic knowledge of safeguarding as a foundation in keeping people safe in the church community whether in role or as a member of a Church. C0 is also a pre requisite to courses C1, C1 and C2 combined or C3. These courses are for anyone who is working with children, young people or vulnerable adults or in a position of trust.
C1 Foundation Safeguarding Training
Course Description This is a foundation module that aims to situate safeguarding in the context of the Church and equip participants with knowledge and skills in knowing what, when and how to report concerns. Who should attend? This is a course for lay volunteers and paid staff in roles involving contact with under 18s and/or vulnerable adults. It is also suitable for paid staff members who have only indirect contact with under 18s and/or vulnerable adults. It is not a course for clergy, who should instead attend a C3 course (although clergy who wish to attend as an additional course in order to accompany volunteers from their church are welcome to do so). Is this all the training I need? Those in leadership roles (which include those in licensed or authorised lay ministries) will also need to attend a C2 leadership safeguarding course. Everybody will need to do refresher training every 3 years.
C2 Leadership Safeguarding Training
Course Description This is a safeguarding leadership module that explores practice guidance in diocesan safeguarding processes and includes how to respond to serious safeguarding situations, information recording and the importance of partnership working. Who should attend? This course is required for anyone who has safeguarding leadership responsibilities or responsibility for leading activities Involving children, young people and/ or adults who may be vulnerable.
C3 Clergy and Lay Ministers Safeguarding Training
Course Description This is a safeguarding foundation and leadership module provided to equip people in leadership roles, particularly clergy, to embed healthy parish safeguarding practice. The session aims to situate safeguarding in the context of the Church and equip participants with knowledge of state and CoE legislation, policies and practice guidance, including how to respond to concerns about and disclosures of abuse. Who should attend? This training is required for those holding a license, commission, authorisation, permission to officiate from a Bishop – Ordained and Lay. Is this all the training I need? Clergy and those in leadership roles will need to undertake additional specialist training modules as these are developed and brought on stream by the national church. Everybody will need to do C5 safeguarding refresher training every 3 years.
C5 Refresher
Everyone is required to do C5 refresher training every 3 years. This course aims to refresh your knowledge and understanding of good safeguarding practice within the church; update you with key changes & developments and remind you of your responsibilities for responding well to safeguarding concerns.
S1 Safer Recruitment
Course Description This training module explores the scope of safer recruitment procedures in the church context for all paid staff and volunteers and adults. This module is essential for those with responsibility for administering DBS, Clergy and those with recruitment responsibilities. This would involve PCC members, Cathedral and Parish Safeguarding Coordinators and Safeguarding leads.
S3 Responding to Domestic Abuse
This module focuses on the issues relating to domestic abuse, especially for vulnerable groups and children in the context of adult abuse, and how the Church can respond well to this. This module is essential for anyone holding the Bishop’s Licence or Permission to Officiate, Spiritual Directors, Pastoral roles, Visitors, Bishop’s Visitors, leaders of children/youth and adult activities and Parish/ Cathedral Safeguarding Coordinators.
Training on Modern Day Slavery
Training on Modern Day Slavery – The Clewer Initiative offers a range of resources and online training for churches on the issue of Modern Day Slavery and how to respond – this can be accessed via their website

How to complete training online (C0 and C1 only)

  1.   Click on link to National Safeguarding team training portal -

  2. Click online course C0 and or C1

  3.  Click on create new account

  4. Enter your details

  5. Enter Diocese of Leicester

  6.  Enter ‘not part of training institution’ on institution drop down box

  7.  Go to either C0 or C1 core module

  8. Complete core module

  9. Once completed core module print off certificate

  10. Bring certificate C0 with you to any required further face to face safeguarding training

  11. Inform your Safeguarding Coordinator you have completed the training for their records

How to book

Click here to view upcoming training dates. To book a place one of the sessions complete the booking form a follow the process detailed on the event page. 

Please note there is a maximum of 25 places per session. 

If you have 8 people or more who require safeguarding in your Church/Parish you can book the Safeguarding Training Officer to come to your venue. To book training slots please complete a booking form for groups.

Please send all completed booking forms to

Alternatively you can send the booking form by post to:

Safeguarding Team

St Martins House

7 Peacock Lane



Download the Training & Development Safeguarding Practice guidance here

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