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Training for Clergy and the Celebret Process

The Catholic Church of England and Wales, the Bishops and Congregational Leaders are committed to Safeguarding as an integral part of the life and ministry of the Church. We affirm the One Church approach to safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults through the promotion of a sustained and sustainable culture of constant vigilance. The Church recognises the personal dignity and rights of all Vulnerable People towards whom it has a special responsibility.

As part of the “One Church Approach” to Safeguarding, the Bishops’ Conference has agreed that all Clergy must complete a common National Safeguarding Training programme.

The Safeguarding Team would wish to thank  all clergy for your ongoing commitment to safeguarding and ensuring our Parishes are a safe place for children and vulnerable adults.

In respect of the Celebret - Westminster Celebrets include a statement that says the priest ‘has an enhanced DBS check and has undergone the required safeguarding training’ and as such, the holder has a current Enhanced DBS check, renewed within the last three years, and he has received safeguarding training as detailed above within the last two years.

In respect of DBS: it has now been confirmed that the expectation is for all clergy to have a DBS check every 3 years. 

In respect of training: it is expected that all clergy must receive updated Safeguarding Training every two years. This is in two parts:
- Firstly, the completion of 2 Educare modules on ‘Child Protection’ and ‘Safeguarding Adults’, or if you have already completed these in the last two years, the expectation is to complete the refresher modules.
- Secondly, to attend safeguarding training.


The training days in 2021 are as follows:


Tuesdays: 15th June, 6th July and 14th September


The content of this training will be the national modules as agreed by the Bishops’ Conference, including relevant learning from the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA).  It will be facilitated by Liam Ring, until recently the National Training Coordinator for the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service (CSAS). He will be supported by the Diocesan safeguarding team.  

This training will be via invitation only and those invited have been sent an email.



Wednesdays 28th April, 23rd June and 22nd September


The theme the training day will be “You and Adults at risk”  and will be led by TAYE training. 

They will begin at 11.00am and finishing by 4pm. You need only attend one session.


This training will be via invitation only and those invited have been sent an email.



If you would like further info on this one-day courses, please email Gabriele Sedda on 


Online Safeguarding Training: Towards a Culture of Safeguarding  

The Church has a responsibility to ensure all those who undertake work in the name of the Church are adequately trained in safeguarding matters.

The Catholic Trust for England and Wales has purchased a package of e-learning programmes available to all members of the Catholic community free of charge. However for every employee of the Diocese this training is compulsory. This is part of the Church’s ongoing commitment to safeguarding. These modules include:

  • Child Protection 
  • Child Protection Refresher (2020)
  • Child Exploitation
  • Safeguarding Adults
  • Safeguarding Adults refresher (2020)
  • Mental Capacity
  • Online Safety

What do I need to do to access this training resource?

  1. To register your interest please email: 
  2. Your email should contain your name, the name of your parish/order/ congregation, and your role (for example: Priest; member of the Religious; Safeguarding Representative; Youth Worker; Teacher; SVP/Volunteer; Parent/Grandparent/Guardian; Other).
  3. On receipt of your email the safeguarding administrator will register your email address with EduCare.
  4. You will receive a welcome email from EduCare inviting you to set your password.
  5. You will then have instant access to the training programmes.

E-Learning Brochure



Parish Safeguarding Representative (PSR) Induction days

This induction training day provides new PSRs (parish safeguarding representatives) with appropriate safeguarding training needed to carry out the important PSR's role within their parish.

Dates for 2021:

  • Tuesday 26 January 2021 - Zoom session
  • Tuesday 23 March 2021 - Zoom session
  • Tuesday  18 May 2021 - Zoom session
  • Tuesday 20 July 2021 - Face to Face or Zoom session (depending on circumstances)
  • Tuesday 28 September 2021 - Face to Face or Zoom session (depending on circumstances)
  • Tuesday 23 November 2021 - Face to Face or Zoom session (depending on circumstances)

The venue is Vaughan House, 46 St Francis Street, London SW1P -  10am to 3:30pm. 

Pre-course material and further details will be provided to those attending nearer the date. If you have any questions then please contact Arianna Sommariva (details below).


Parish Safeguarding Representative (PSR) Refresher Training

Dates for 2021:

  • Thursday 25 February 2021 - Zoom session  18:30/20:30
  • Thursday 29 April 2021 - Zoom session 18:00/20:30
  • Thursday 17 June 2021 - Zoom session 18:00/20:30
  • Thursday 21 October 2021 - Zoom session 18:00/20:30

For any assistance please contact Arianna Sommariva at or 0207 798 9358 / 07719563119.

Document Awareness Training for PSRs - for additional information please click here.


PSR Safeguarding Conferences 2021 TBC


Code of conduct for parish priests document here below:

Caring safely for others

Hall Hire Agreement for parishes (February 2021). Document here below:

Hall Rental Agreement for parishes - February 2021