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.

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.

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 church trustees.

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

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 2 is a pre-requirement for attending Level 3.

HEBA provides named certificates of attendance to those who attend training. These are sent to your church contact after the training.

Training dates

2019

VenueDayDateLevelTimeAvailability
Four Oaks Baptist ChurchSaturday6th April210:00 - 13:00
Hereford Baptist ChurchSaturday13th April210:00 - 13:00
Hereford Baptist ChurchSaturday27th April310:00 - 15:30
St Peter’s Baptist ChurchSaturday11th May210:00 - 13:00
Cannon Street MemorialSaturday11th May310:00 - 15:30
Barnt Green Baptist ChurchSaturday15th June310:00 - 15:30

If your church wishes to host a safeguarding training event in 2019, please contact Sonia at the HEBA office: sonia@baptist-heartofengland.org

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

Please book places using this booking form as it helps enormously with the administration.

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.

Cost

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 £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, participants need to read ‘Safe to Grow’ and ‘Safe to Belong’, or the new combined document in advance. They can be downloaded using the following link: www.baptist.org.uk/Groups/220754/Safeguarding_Policy_and.aspx

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