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The Diocese of Southwark: Safeguarding

Diocesan Safeguarding Training Strategy 2016-17

The House of Bishops policies and practice guidance require dioceses to offer consistent training in safeguarding for clergy, and other diocesan officers including all those who hold the Bishop’s licence. Although there is no statutory requirement for this training, there may be issues of insurance and vicarious liability should training opportunities not have been made available to parishes by the Diocese, together with robust encouragement to access it. The costs for this training are fully covered by the Diocese for diocesan officers and members of parishes in the Diocese.


Training will be focused on building healthy communities with a culture of safety, in which the wellbeing of all is ensured and nurtured. Modules reflect the national requirements across all dioceses for ensuring healthy safeguarding practice, responding well to victims and survivors of abuse in the church context. They emphasise the need to work in co-operation with the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, and with statutory agencies, in all safeguarding matters.

Minimal requirements

There are minimal requirements for safeguarding training for ordained, licensed and other church officers, including:

  • All those who hold the Bishop’s licence, commission or permission to officiate (this includes Deacons, as part of IME; new incumbents/stipendiary clergy new to the Diocese, as part of CMD; non-Stipendiary Ministers; Readers and commissioned Southwark Pastoral Auxiliaries, as part of training and post licensing/commissioning; those applying for Bishop’s Permission to Officiate)
    • Senior Diocesan staff
    • Children and youth workers employed by the Diocese or in parishes
    • Parish Safeguarding Officers
    • Churchwardens

Evaluation and review

All courses will be evaluated and certificates of attendance for each participant will be provided. A record of attendance will be kept by the Diocesan Safeguarding team, and reminders sent to those who have not met minimum requirements.

The Strategy is evaluated, reviewed and adjusted annually in response to new legislation, policies and guidance as advised by the national safeguarding team, and feedback from the previous year.

Current courses

The annual training programme is set by the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, the Safeguarding Group and the Diocesan Bishop. Safeguarding training is delivered by the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser or her Assistant, with support from recruited voluntary trainers, at accessible venues in the Diocese.

All available courses are listed on Eventbrite as part of the Diocesan Safeguarding Training Strategy for 2016/17. A range of training opportunities is provided, reflecting the needs of the target groups. Local, tailor-made courses for deaneries or groups of parishes can be negotiated on request, to be delivered by voluntary parish trainers.

Attendance at courses must be booked in advance.

Please note: if you don’t cancel without informing us in advance we may charge a non-attendance fee of £10