Safeguarding Learning and Development (Training)

Due to current restrictions we are now only able to offer Learning and Development sessions online via Zoom using materials designed specifically for this by the National Safeguarding Team.

Interim Lichfield Diocesan Training plan 2021-2022

 (Pending NST new Diocesan training strategy later in 2021) 

The National Safeguarding Team (NST) have advised that the Basic awareness and Foundation online training Modules are now of such a high standard that they meet the training needs of all lay volunteer leaders in churches, including church wardens and people who role previously indicated they were required to undertake C2 training. Therefore, when the original C2 certificate expires, please take the Basic Awareness and the Foundation modules online -

There are plans to enable these training modules materials to be downloaded from June 21st when the government is scheduled to lift all restrictions  so that they can be delivered to groups of people in churches  face to face  or even  via Zoom.

The Safeguarding team will continue to deliver all Safeguarding Leadership Pathway C2, (which has replaced the former C3) training via zoom until further notice. Cohorts of delegates will continue to be invited to training opportunities whilst the training remains via zoom.

Between April and September 2021 cohorts 18-29 will be trained. Some of these cohorts are exclusively clergy or LLMs, some mixed with LLMs and clergy, some Readers in training. We have included evening sessions for Readers in training and the option of an evening or Saturday morning for those LLMs who are in full time employment.

Cohort 29 which is scheduled to run in August is the only cohort with some places available. As there will be clergy whose training expires between April and September 2021, they will be invited to join this cohort or will have to wait until September.

The National Safeguarding team have released an induction module for new Safeguarding Coordinators in parishes which will be delivered this diocese during September/October. The safeguarding coordinators are also required to undertake Safeguarding Leadership Pathway training, it is envisaged that they will undertake this module as and when their previous C2 training expires or for new safeguarding coordinators after their initial induction training.

All Clergy with PTO (Permission to Officiate) will continue to undertake the Safeguarding Leadership Pathway training until the end of 2021 when a new module written for clergy with PTO will be released.

Shortly to be released are 2 additional online modules, Safer Recruitment and Awareness of Domestic Violence. Everyone is encouraged to take the 2 optional modules on Modern Slavery which continue to be available on the National Safeguarding Training Portal:

Julia Dixon
Safeguarding Training Advisor
April 2021.

Safeguarding Training is valid for three years from the date of attendance and all participants are strongly advised to keep their certificate as a record and proof of completion. Your licence to minister is dependent upon you holding valid and in date safeguarding training. If you have undertaken Leadership or C3 Safeguarding during the last three years in another diocese within the Church of England, please send proof of your attendance/completion of the course to in order that we can ensure your record is kept up to date. 

Before attending the Virtual Leadership Module delegates will need to have previously completed C0 and C1 modules  on line. If you have completed these modules at any time between January 2016 and December 2019 you do not need to do them again. If you have never attended a C3 Leadership Module (run from 2016 - 2019) you will need to complete C0 and C1 before attending the virtual session. 

If you wish to learn more about Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking, there are now two online courses and additional resources including videos and case studies produced by the Church of England and the Clewer Initiative.


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