Friday 23rd June
Safeguarding Training

Why safeguarding training is important

We have heard all too many references in the media recently reminding us of occasions when the church has failed to safeguard some of its members and guests. This is tragic, and a sad reflection on Christian people.

Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility. Whether working with children, young people or adults at risk, everyone in an organisation needs to understand the importance of keeping everyone safe.

Some people who need support can be vulnerable to harm by others – abuse or neglect, for example. Some can be a risk to others, perhaps because of their behaviour or the way they need to be supported. Developing a culture of awareness will help everyone feel more protected and lessen the risks posed within church life.

Leading by example is one of the most powerful ways of setting and maintaining cultures. Training is a key way of developing your awareness of safeguarding and becoming a culture-changer.

Many Churches have been taking Safeguarding seriously and have been making provision for their ministers and volunteers to participate in the safeguarding training provided by HEBA.

It is very important that our Churches are aware of the requirements that all BUGB accredited ministers must be trained up to Level 3 every 4 years by BUGB-approved trainers. They must also must have an up to date DBS check (renewed every 5 years).

Level 2 and Level 3 Training - Delivered by CCPAS

We are pleased to offer a number of safeguarding training events around the Association during 2016-2017.

Level 2 training is designed for the Minister, Deacons/trustees, the designated person for safeguarding and all those who work with children, young people and adults at risk. This level now includes an introduction to the problem of spiritual abuse.

Level 3 is designed for the Minister, Deacons/Trustees, the designated person for safeguarding and anyone involved in the recruitment of paid staff or volunteers who will be working with children, young people and adults at risk.

It includes more information about spiritual abuse and provides further advice with what to do if a disclosure is made, or if you discover that abuse of any kind has or is taking place. Level 3 follows on from level 2 and it is strongly advised that you attend level 2 before attending level 3.

Training dates


May 13th ½ day Level 2 Castle Hill, Warwick Fully booked
May 13th ½ day Level 3 Delves Baptist Church Few places remaining
May 13th ½ day Level 2 Wade St, Lichfield Fully booked
May 16th Evening Level 2 Rugby Fully booked
June 10th ½ day Level 2 Cannon Street Memorial
June 10th 1 day Level 3 Ross on Wye
July 1st ½ day Level 2 St Peter's, Worcester Fully booked
July 6th
Level 2 St Peter's, Worcester Fully booked

More training is being arranged for autumn/winter 2017/18.

Please book through the HEBA office at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it using the format below to give full information for each participant.

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Ministers and Accredited workers – no charge (HEBA will cover their training cost).
For those from Churches that do not contribute regularly to Baptist Home Mission £20 per person.
For those from Churches that do contribute regularly to Baptist Home Mission - a discounted price of £10 per person.

Essential reading
In order to get the best from the training, attendees need to read the following publications before the training:
'Safe to Grow' - a book/booklet - available from The Baptist Union in Didcot or the HEBA Office £8.50.
'Safe to Belong' - a web based document - about safeguarding adults at risk - available as a download online - or if you would like we can print a copy off at HEBA office - £1.50 each if picked up or £2.50 if posted.

These are excellent documents - full of helpful information, guidelines and template documents.