Safeguarding, or the action the Church takes to promote a safer culture in all our churches, is at the heart of our Christian faith. A Safeguarding Policy and Protocol has been in place within the Diocese in Europe since December 2015.
All clergy and Readers within the Church of England have Safeguarding training and need record check clearance certificates as a normal part of their ministry. Our lay volunteers who work with young people and vulnerable adults also go through the safeguarding process. This is to ensure that our congregation is a safe place for young and vulnerable people to visit.
“Safeguarding is actually a culture of awareness which should involve the whole Church community, not just those individuals who volunteer.”
The Most Reverend Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury
Therefore we also encourage you to complete one or more of the safeguarding courses issued by the Diocese (see link below). These courses are at present only available on-line, but from 2023 our Safeguarding Officer is hoping to be able to offer them as group courses at St Andrew’s.
Link to the on-line Safeguarding courses: https://safeguardingtraining.cofeportal.org/
1. “Basic Safeguarding Awareness”
2. “Safeguarding Foundations”
3. “Raising Awareness of Domestic Abuse”
When you register you will need to open a new account. Please choose “Not part of a Training Institution” and “Europe” as the Diocese. If you would like to be registered as having completed the courses, please send a copy of your certificates to: firstname.lastname@example.org