This foundation level training course is for all people, whether paid or volunteers, who regularly work directly with children or have oversight for those who do.
You can work through the course online by following the sub-menu options on the left. No prior knowledge is required. The course content is summarised below.
As you study and complete the course, answer the questions in each section on the Answer Sheet given to you by your Child Protection Officer. If you need another copy, download the Answer Sheet here.
Why should the Church be concerned with Safeguarding?
What is meant by Safeguarding Children?
What are our responsibilities for ensuring children are kept safe?
What should I do if I am worried a child is being harmed?
Where can I go to get help?
What do I need to do next?
When you have finished this course you should be more confident to deal appropriately with issues of safeguarding; be aware of the best ways to ensure safety, and what to do if you are concerned for the welfare or safety of children and young people in your church or group.
Please work your way through the topics in the order that they appear. However you can always return to a topic for reference and a bit of revision if needed.
Each section has a range of resources to help you cover the important pieces of information. The resources include video and audio clips, and brief notes for you to read. There is also a link to the relevant parts of important National Church and Diocesan documents for further reading.
This is a basic level training that provides the basics.
Training which is not used quickly becomes stale, and it is important that you make this training real by actively looking at the safety of your context. The course also gives clear advice on what to do if there is an allegation of abuse. We hope we will never have to face this, but it can happen at any point; it is really important therefore that we refresh our knowledge in this area frequently.
If you have any questions please do talk to your local Child Protection Officer.
As you start this programme, listen to Su Foster talk about where you can get some help, should you need it.