Clergy Safeguarding Training and Celebret Applications
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 responsibility.
As part of the “One Church Approach” to Safeguarding, the Bishops’ Conference has agreed that all Clergy must complete a National Safeguarding Training program.
Clergy applying for a Celebret will need to contact the Private Secretary directly.
Celebrets granted by the Diocese of Westminster include a statement that says the priest ‘has an enhanced DBS check and has undergone the required safeguarding training, and is the holder has a current enhanced DBS check, renewed within the last three years, and has received safeguarding training within the last two years.'
DBS - all Clergy must have an enhanced DBS check every 3 years.
Training - all Clergy must complete updated Safeguarding Training every 2 years.
The training involves two parts:
1 - the completion of 2 EduCare TES online modules on ‘Child Protection’ and ‘Safeguarding Adults’. If for any particular reason, these modules have already been completed in the last two years, the expectation is to complete the 2 Refresher modules.
2 - to attend a face to face Diocesan Safeguarding training session, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find book onto an upcoming training.
2023 Clergy Safeguarding Training sessions: will be by invitation via email only.
For further information regarding these half day courses, please email email@example.com
External Clergy Trainings:
Safe In Faith Trainings for Clergy 2023 :
19th September at 2.30pm - Workshop 1: Understanding Domestic Abuse - For Clergy
17th October at 2.30pm - Workshop 2: Understanding Domestic Abuse in the Context of Catholic Spirituality - For Clergy
7th November at 2.30pm - Workshop 3: Understanding Trauma and Trauma Informed Care - For Clergy
21st November at 2.30pm - Workshop 4: Signposting, Safeguarding and Self Care - For Clergy
Safe In Faith Trainings 2023 :
2nd October at 7pm - Module 1: Understanding Domestic Abuse – Part 1 – For Professionals
9th October at 7pm - Module 1: Understanding Domestic Abuse – Part 2- For Professionals
16th October at 7pm - Module 2: Understanding Domestic Abuse in the Context of Religion and Faith
23rd October at 7pm - Module 2: Understanding Domestic Abuse in the Context of Religion and Faith
6th November at 7pm - Module 3: Understanding Trauma and Trauma Informed Care: Part 1
13th November at 7pm - Module 3: Understanding Trauma and Trauma Informed Care : Part 2
Please sign up for the Safe in Faith Safeguarding sessions here: https://safeinfaith.org.uk/training/
You can find more information on Clergy training with Safe In Faith here.
The Safeguarding Team would like to thank all Clergy for their ongoing commitment to safeguarding and their work to ensure parishes are a safe space for children and vulnerable adults.
EduCare Online Safeguarding Training for Employees of the Diocese
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 EduCare E-learning program is available to all members of the Catholic community, free of charge. However, for Diocesan employees, EduCare online training is compulsory. This is part of the Church’s ongoing commitment to Safeguarding procedures. These modules include:
- Child Exploitation
- Child Protection
- Domestic Abuse: Children and Young People
- Online Safety
- Safeguarding Adults
- Mental Capacity
REFRESHERS (to be completed 2 years after initial completion date):
- Child Protection Refresher
- Safeguarding Adults Refresher
For more detailed information about the EduCare modules, please read the brochure from the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission here.
What do you need to do to access this training resource?
- To register your interest for EduCare training, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Your email should contain your name, the name of your parish, and your role, i.e. Priest, Religious Order member; Parish Safeguarding Representative; Youth Worker; Teacher; SVP/Volunteer; Parishioner).
- On receipt of your email, you will be registered for the training with EduCare/TES.
- You will then receive a welcome email from EduCare/TES inviting you to set your own memorable password.
- You will then have access to the training modules.
EduCare Online Safeguarding Training for Volunteers of the Diocese
For volunteers (especially volunteers that work in close contact with children and/or adults at risk), EduCare online training is strongly advised to be completed. Volunteers can access the EduCare training free of charge by following the same access instructions as above.
- For guidance to help you access your EduCare modules to complete your training, please read this New EduCare User guidance.
For any further assistance with any Safeguarding training, please contact email@example.com
Throughout our section, you will find links to external websites. Every effort is made to keep the website up and running smoothly and ensure these links are accurate, up to date, and relevant. However, the Safeguarding Department cannot take responsibility for pages maintained by external providers.
If you come across any external links that do not work, we would be grateful if you could report them to the web content team or at firstname.lastname@example.org