Safeguarding Training

Safeguarding training is important

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

HEBA has arranged for qualified trainers to deliver the BUGB training at Level 2 and Level 3.

Level 2 training is designed for all those who work with children, young people and adults at risk.  This includes the Minister, Deacons/trustees and the designated person for safeguarding. 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. Level 2 is a pre-requirement for attending Level 3.

Level 3 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.

HEBA provides named certificates of attendance to those who attend training. These are sent to your church office contact following the course for distribution to each individual that attended. It is the individual’s responsibility to keep these safe as we do not provide duplicates or hold lists of those who attended training sessions (other than Ministers and Pastors). It is up to each church to maintain their own records regarding who has completed safeguarding training, including which level, where and when.

Training Requirement for Ministers

All accredited, nationally and regionally recognised pastors/ministers are required to undertake the safeguarding training required by the Ministerial Recognition Committee (MRC) to maintain their accreditation/recognition. A safeguarding training clause should be included in the Terms of Settlement for all of the above ministries. See the Terms of Appointment here:

If you require a waiver to call a non-accredited minister the safeguarding training required by the MRC will be a condition of the waiver being granted. A safeguarding training clause in the Terms of Settlement would also be required in this case. If your minister is not accredited or recognised and you do not need a waiver we would strongly encourage you to retain this clause.

The current training requirements are to undertake Excellence in Safeguarding Training through BUGB at level 2 and 3 every 4 years, and every year to undertake an online BUGB training session on a particular aspect of safeguarding. The responsibility to ensure that non-accredited and non-recognised ministers undertake their safeguarding training remains with the minister and the church trustees.

We are postponing all Safeguarding Training from March 21st until further notice

When we are able to meet again for such events we will let our HEBA Churches know and will begin to post the dates and venues here again. Many thanks for your understanding, Sonia.

Training Opportunities

Please book places using the booking form by clicking here.

This helps enormously with the administration.



If your church wishes to host a safeguarding training event, please contact Sonia at the HEBA office:

Edward Road Baptist ChurchSaturday22nd February310:00 - 15:00Spaces available
Wade Street Baptist ChurchSaturday22nd February210:00 - 13:00
Warley Baptist ChurchSaturday29th February210:00 - 13:00Spaces available
Warley Baptist ChurchSaturday7th March210:00 - 13:00Spaces available
The BeaconSaturday21st March210:00 - 13:00
Bridgnorth Baptist ChurchSaturday21st March210:00 - 13:00
Chester Road Baptist ChurchSaturday28th March210:00 - 13:00
Walsgrave Baptist ChurchSaturday28th March210:00 - 13:00
Gorsley Baptist ChurchSaturday28th March209:30 - 12:30
Darkhouse Baptist ChurchSaturday4th April214:00 - 17:00
Selly ParkSaturday4th April210:00 - 13:00 TBC
Chester Road Baptist ChurchSaturday25th April310:00 - 15:00
Pershore Baptist ChurchSaturday25th April210:00 - 13:00
Pershore Baptist ChurchSaturday23rd May310:00 - 15:00
More dates below

Current fees apply to bookings for the above events.

New fees apply to bookings for the events below.

Other dates will be added to this list as they become available.

Shrewsbury Baptist ChurchSaturday2nd May210:00 - 13:00
Darkhouse Baptist ChurchSaturday13th June310:00 - 15:00


Payment must be made with bookings to prevent the significant number of ‘no shows’ we have experienced in past years, which was frustrating when we also had waiting lists of people wanting to attend sessions. See the form for more information.

Ministers and other workers recognised/accredited by the Baptist Union of Great Britain – no charge (HEBA will cover their training cost).
For those from Churches that do not contribute regularly to Baptist Home Mission £25 per person.
For those from Churches that do contribute regularly to Baptist Home Mission - a discounted price of £15 per person.

Fees Increase: Having held the current fees for five years, we need to increase these for any events booked into the training diary after 12th February 2020.

The increased rates are £15 for churches giving to Baptist Home Mission and £25 for others. No charge for ministers and other workers who are recognised/accredited by BUGB.

Essential reading

In order to get the best from the training, participants need to be familiar with the ‘Safe to Grow’ and ‘Safe to Belong’ document. They can be accessed using the following link:

Participants should also be familiar with the safeguarding policy statement and procedures from their own Church.