Safeguarding training

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.

The Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA) and Diocesan Training and Development Officer are available to advise on training and other safeguarding practice issues.

Safeguarding Training Courses provided by the Diocese can be booked here.
A new Training Brochure covering the training provided from 2020 is available here.

Basic Awareness Online Children and Adult Safeguarding Modules

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:

How to... access safeguarding training online

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'.

Safeguarding Foundation, Refresher and Safer Recruitment Training

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

Foundation and Safer Recruitment Booking Form and Guidance

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