Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility

We have a range of core safeguarding training modules developed by the Church of England which aim to promote a safer environment and culture.

Completion of safeguarding training is an expectation and for some it is a mandatory requirement for their role.

Safeguarding training should be updated at least once every three years.

The Diocesan Safeguarding Trainer, Mandy Wells, along with volunteer trainers from across the Diocese, provide a range of courses in safeguarding within the church context.

National safeguarding training modules have been amended, and these changes were implemented within the Diocese of Truro from April 2020.

  • C3 Clergy and Lay Ministers safeguarding training no longer exists;
  • C5 Refresher safeguarding training no longer exists;

Each person, according to their role, would normally have to attend the highest level course as a face-to-face session. For example: A PCC member would normally complete the Basic Awareness (C0) module online, and then attend the Foundation module (C1) face to face; a Churchwarden would access C0 and C1 online, but then attend the Leadership session (C2) face to face (currently via Zoom).

Interim Safeguarding training arrangements – March 2020

In line with government advice we are not carrying out face to face Safeguarding training until further notice.

If your role requires you to undertake Basic Awareness (C0) and/or Foundation (C1) training you will still be required to complete that training as usual, using the online e-Learning modules. Information about how to access this training can be found below.

For those who are required to undertake Leadership training for your role* we are pleased to say the virtual leadership (C2) module is now available to book onto. This module will be in place until further notice. We do not know when face to face training will be safe to resume.

As outlined below this module is the first of the new style learning and development modules. It is anticipated that all modules will follow this format in the future.

  • Individuals will be required to show evidence that they have previously completed Basic Awareness (C0) and Foundation (C1) by sending a copy of their certificates to If completed online the certificates can be accessed by logging into the safeguarding portal.
  • The course is delivered via Zoom and so you will need access to a computer, tablet or smart phone that has a camera and microphone.
  • There are two 90 minute sessions to be attended as part of the course. Your 2 sessions will be on the same day of the week with one week in between. eg. Monday of one week and Monday of the next week.
  • There will be a maximum of 12 participants on each session.
  • A workbook will be sent to you by email prior to the first session. This will contain all the information relating to the course and what is required, including an invitation to Zoom.

The next available training dates are:

Wednesday 13th & 20th January 2021 – 10am until 11.30am

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Monday 18th & 25th January 2021 – 1pm until 2.30pm

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Monday 27th January 2021 & 3rd February 2021 – 6.30pm until 8pm

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Monday 8th & 15th February 2021 – 1pm until 2.30pm

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Wednesday 17th & 24th February 2021 – 10am until 11.30am

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Monday 8th & 15th March 2021 – 1pm until 2.30pm

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Wednesday 17th & 24th March 2021 – 10am until 1130am

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(Anyone in a leadership role, e.g. clergy, readers, church wardens, local worship leaders, local pastoral ministers, children and young people’s leaders and bell tower captains)

If you want any advice on how to book please contact the safeguarding team on .


Accessing Basic Awareness (C0) and Foundation (C1) training online.

Log in here:  If you have not already done so you will need to register and create a log-in.

Once you have logged in, click on the tab that says ‘Online Courses’, then select Basic Awareness or Foundation.

If you are having problems accessing the online training portal for your basic and foundation safeguarding training please email the national safeguarding team training helpdesk on


Online Safeguarding Training

There is lots of good safeguarding training that you can do online:

Clewer online safeguarding and modern slavery – accessed via the Church of England training portal (under additional resources).

Suicide – let’s talk –suicide prevention skills accessed via the Zero Suicide Alliance.

See. Hear. Stop the abuse – Understanding how you can help when a sexually abused or exploited young person has something to tell.


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