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Safeguarding training

Part of our Safeguarding Policy

6.1: Safeguarding training- who needs to do what

The Church of England online Safeguarding modules are regularly reviewed, updated and improved in order that we all have the right level of training for the role we undertake. A major update was implemented during 2021. The Diocese of St Albans issued an associated newsletter that has used as the basis for the St Nicholas training set out herein. The newsletter can be found here . The training requirements from the St Nicholas perspective, excluding those relating to the Rector, are as follows:

  1. Basic Awareness is to be undertaken by:
    1. All Church Officers (i.e. anyone appointed by or on behalf of the Church to a post or role, whether they are ordained or lay, paid or unpaid.).
    1. Anyone going on to complete any other safeguarding learning pathway.
  • Foundations is to be undertaken by:
    • Anyone in a role which involves work with children, young people, or vulnerable adults.
    • Churchwardens.
    • Anyone going on to complete any other safeguarding learning pathway.
    • PCC Members.
  • Leadership is to be undertaken by:
    • Parish Safeguarding Officer.
  • Raising Awareness of Domestic Abuse is to be undertaken by:
    • Pastoral Visitors.
    • Parish Safeguarding Officer.
    • PCC Members.
    • Churchwardens.
  • Safer Recruitment and People Management is to be undertaken by:
    • Person responsible for administering DBS.
    • Parish Safeguarding Officer.
  • Parish Safeguarding Officer Induction is to be undertaken by:
    • Parish Safeguarding Officer.

The assignment of the above in terms of specific roles is as follows, including the requirements for renewal of the training:

  1. All volunteer roles:
    1. Basic Awareness – renewal every three years.
  2. Roles that have direct contact with children, young people or vulnerable adults:
    1. Basic Awareness.
    1. Foundations – renewal every three years.
  • Parish Safeguarding Officer:
    • Basic Awareness.
    • Foundations.
    • Safeguarding Leadership Pathway – renewal every three years.
    • Safer Recruitment & People Management – renewal every three years.
    • Responding Well to Domestic Abuse – renewal every three years.
    • Parish Safeguarding Officer Induction (if new to the role).
  • PCC Members:
    • Basic Awareness.
    • Foundations – renewal every three years.
    • Responding Well to Domestic Abuse – renewal every three years.
  • Church Wardens:
    • Basic Awareness.
    • Foundations – renewal every three years.
    • Responding Well to Domestic Abuse (as a PCC member) – renewal every three years.
  • Person responsible for administering DBS:
    • Safer Recruitment and People Management – renewal every three years.

6.2: Safeguarding training – undertaking training

The St Nicholas Safeguarding Training Officer is responsible for ensuring that the required safeguarding training is undertaken. The Officer will prompt people to undertake the relevant training for the role undertaken, in particular when that training is due for renewal. However, it would be useful for individuals to confirm that the relevant training is planned when initially undertaking the role. On successful completion of the training, the course certificates need to be sent to the Safeguarding Training Officer, in order to confirm completion of the course and the date on which the course was completed.

Many of the courses are completed online whilst attendance at others is booked online. The following table provides the links for undertaking or booking the course, as appropriate, with information about the duration of the course.

Basic Awareness The Church of England Safeguarding Training PortalComplete online. Circa 75 minutes 
2. Foundations The Church of England Safeguarding Training PortalComplete online. Circa 90 minutes 
3. Safeguarding Leadership Pathway Book via https://www.stalbans.anglican.org/diocese/safeguarding-training/Delivered virtually by a facilitator and safeguarding trainer. 2 x 90-minute sessions 
4. Safer Recruitment & People Management– renewal every three years The Church of England Safeguarding Training PortalComplete online. Circa 90-120 minutes 
5. Responding Well to Domestic Abuse – renewal every three years The Church of England Safeguarding Training PortalComplete online. Circa 90-120 minutes 
6. Parish Safeguarding Officer Induction (available from late 2021/early 2022) Book via https://www.stalbans.anglican.org/diocese/safeguarding-training/Delivered virtually by safeguarding trainers. 1 x 180 minute session 

6.3: Safeguarding training – useful information

The selection of “The Church of England Safeguarding Training Portal” link, will display the page presented below. The login panel is at the bottom of the page, which may be hidden until the page is scrolled up. New users will need to register on the site first by clicking on ‘Create new account’ (see second page). 

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The “Create new account” process requires:

  1. Agreement of the Safeguarding Training Privacy Policy, by clicking the button on the first page.
  2. Entry of details to create the new account.
    1. Set the ‘Diocese’ to St Albans.
    1. Set “My Church Town City …” to Stevenage: St Nicholas.

The page presented below will be displayed when your account is created and you have logged in. The required course can be selected using the ‘COURSES’ option on the menu bar or via the “Online Courses” panel, which will be via the second page presented below.

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The Safeguarding Training Officer will be able to assist if you have any problems or questions and can be contacted via: 

            safeguardingtraining@saintnicholaschurch.org.uk