News, Training and Development

Safeguarding in the Catholic Church is changing

Following the commissioning of a National Review, in 2019, into the safeguarding structure and arrangements in the Catholic Church, the Catholic Safeguarding Project continues to progress their work during the current implementation stage. For further information please click here 

Training Update

Further training and development had been planned for 2020 however due to Covid–19 these sessions have not been possible. As soon as the safeguarding department are in the position to do so this training/development will be rearranged. However please have a look a what training was provided in 2019.

Events that took place during 2019, included a clergy day in April regarding communication on safeguarding matters, safeguarding support meetings for PSRs and RSLs in June and July, our annual Safeguarding Conference on the theme of Spiritual Abuse in October and an Autism Awareness course in November.

We received the following feedback from the Safeguarding Conference – ‘excellent’, ‘very informative’, ‘interesting and helpful’, ‘well presented with enthusiasm and conviction’, ‘high quality professional presentation that was engaging and thought provoking’, ‘thought provoking and inspirational’, ‘constructive and enabling’.

Here are some further comments regarding the Autism Awareness course – ‘an outstanding day’, ‘very useful’, ‘it gave me more confidence in understanding autism’, ‘really helpful’, ‘I have learned a lot about autism’, ‘a very informative, thought provoking and enjoyable day’, ‘excellent training with good knowledge and skills’.

Members of the Catholic Church community are also able to benefit from the online safeguarding training that is available through Educare, including modules on child protection, adult safeguarding, online safety and mental capacity. During 2019, 74 new learners registered for this online resource and 105 modules in total, were completed!

Safeguarding Newsletter

Download the latest Diocese Safeguarding Newsletter here

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 Church is dependent on Clergy, Religious and Lay people using their skills and talents to nurture and support the Catholic community. Some will be paid employees, but the majority undertake their work on a voluntary basis. Whilst some will recognise their role as a volunteer, many rightly see their caring and support contribution as part of their Christian responsibility and ministry. But we all have a role to play in safeguarding the young or adults who may be at risk and it is for this reason that the Catholic Church in England and Wales has worked with EduCare to bring you an e-learning package that will raise awareness throughout the Catholic Community in our countries.

This e-learning package is part of the Church’s commitment to safeguarding, and is available to all members of the Catholic community free of charge.

Training modules that are available include; Child Exploitation, Child Protection, Domestic Abuse: Children and Young People, Mental Capacity. Online Safety, Safeguarding Adults, Understanding Anxiety, Low Mood and Depression and Self Harm. There are further refresher modules available in Child Protection and Safeguarding Adults.

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

1) To register your interest please email 

2) Your email should contain your name and your role, for example Clergy or Religious, Safeguarding Representative, volunteer or other. 

3) The safeguarding administrator will then register your email address with EduCare. 

4) You will receive a welcome email from EduCare inviting you to set your password which will then allow instant access to the training programmes.

Additional Online Safeguarding Training Resources

The safeguarding office is pleased to promote the following e-learning training that is available for anyone across the Diocese to access.

The Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children Partnership offers a wide range of online safeguarding training modules including; Awareness of Domestic Violence and Abuse, Awareness of Forced Marriages, Child Poverty, Child Sexual Exploitation, E-safety, Fabricated Illness, FGM, Gang Related Issues and County Lines, Hidden Harm – the effects of parental problem substance use on children, Level 1 Safeguarding Children, Level 2 Safeguarding Children, Level 3 Safeguarding Children, LGBT Awareness, Modern Slavery and Trafficking, Radicalisation and Extremism, Safeguarding and Leadership, Safeguarding Children in Education, Safeguarding Children Refresher training, Safer Recruitment, Safer Sleeping for Babies, Self- Harm, Sexual Health, Suicidal Thoughts, Supporting Teenagers and Young People, Toxic Trio, Working with Children with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities.

Details as to how to register for this e-learning training can be accessed here: Introduction to E-learning document for NSCP.

The following online training is also available:

E-Learning for ACT: Action, Counter, Terrorism
This learning will give you a greater awareness of ACT which could benefit you as a member of the public and also as your role in your parish. This training will take approximately 45 minutes to complete. This can be completed at your own pace, you can print off supporting materials and your certificate when you have completed the training.

To celebrate their second anniversary, ACT (Action Counters Terrorism) Awareness e-Learning launched a new and updated version of the course to keep us at the forefront of helping protect the UK from terrorism.

Version 2 has been developed in partnership with counter-terrorism officers to ensure the training covers the latest changes to the threat picture and developments in protective security advice.

Included in the updated version is additional content covering a programme called SCaN (See, Check and Notify), as well as new and relevant activities and exercises to help train staff. The new version also includes the recently launched ACT app which can be downloaded for smartphones.

The following e-learning modules are available:

  1. Introduction to Terrorism
  2. Identifying Security Vulnerabilities
  3. How to Identify and Respond to Suspicious Behaviour
  4. How to Identify and Deal with a Suspicious Item
  5. What to do in the Event of a Bomb Threat
  6. How to Respond to a Firearms or Weapons Attack
  7. Summary and Supporting Materials

Please use this link to access the training: 

Before starting the course, you will be asked to answer the following questions, the screen will look like the below:

How many learners are undertaking this learning? (Select 1)

Specify your area of business (Select Place of worship)

Specify your Region (Select your region)

Specify your job role (Select other)

Type your access code (Type in 900750)

Start (press)

If you have any problems, please contact Lorraine Elks.

Additional useful Resources

The Domestic Abuse Group of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has issued guidance on how parishes can support victims of domestic abuse which can be found using the following link

The National Board of Catholic Women has published (August 2020) a practical booklet on domestic abuse, entitled, ‘Raising Awareness of Domestic Abuse’, which can be downloaded here. The booklet seeks to raise awareness within the Catholic community of domestic abuse and the impact upon victims and their children and offers pastoral care and guidance.

The following e-learning course is available through the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) which aims to raise awareness of dementia and can be accessed using this link

Understanding the needs and experiences of survivors of abuse is crucial for an organisation that it open to learn, welcoming and committed to providing a safe system for all those that are part of it. Please use click here to watch a webinar recording from 11 December 2020 on the subject of survivor engagement in faith-based organisations.

A further development resource is available through the independent education charity, Inform, on the topic of Sexual Abuse framed by Faith or Belief. Please follow this link to access the July 2020 seminar.