Safeguarding Training Courses

C0 Basic Awareness Course: There will be two C0 Basic Awareness courses held in the church rooms at St. Mary’s Church. You only need to attend one of the courses if you are interested. The first date is Friday 20th September 2019 at 7.30pm in the upper room of the church rooms and the second, on Saturday 12th October at 10am in the lower room. This course is a mandatory ‘starter’ course for all those roles that require a DBS check and for PCC members. Having said that, anyone who wishes to attend the course to get a good insight into child and vulnerable adult protection is more than welcome. If you are interrested, please email Peter Stefanovic, the Parish Safeguarding Officer.

Please note that the Diocesan Safeguarding Trainer is leaving the Diocesan Safeguarding Team at the end of August 2019 for pastures new within the diocese. Recruitment for a new safeguarding trainer will not commence until September 2019. As a result, there will be some disruption to the provision of safeguarding courses by the Diocese. For further information, please visit the safeguarding news page on this website at

17th January 2019: The latest safeguarding courses are now available to book.

Saturday 10th November 2018 – 10am to 1pm: Safeguarding C1 Foundation Course

A C1 Foundation course will be held in the church rooms at St. Mary’s, Chard on Saturday 10th November 2018 between 10am and 1pm. To apply to attend the course, and for further details, please email the Parish Safeguarding Officer, Peter Stefanovic.

General Information on Safeguarding Courses

It is a mandatory requirement for a role that requires a DBS check that the person fulfilling that role attends the Safeguarding Courses applicable to that role. In reality, at least ninety percent of those roles will only require that the C0 Basic Awareness Course and C1 Foundation Course be completed; the C0 Basic Awareness Course must be completed first. Volunteers and paid workers must attend a refresher course every three years. A full list of core roles within the church and the training required for those roles can be found here.

The Church Of England is aiming for the best practice that all Church Officers, whether or not a DBS check is required, attend a C0 Basic Awareness Course. This course is available Online. If you decide to complete the online training course from this link, in order for accurate records to be kept, please inform the Parish Safeguarding Officer when you have completed the course.

There are no courses being held in the parish at the moment, however, if you would like us to provide a face to face C0 Basic Awareness Course or C1 Foundation Course within the Cloverfield Benefice or associated Deanery then in the first instance. please email Peter Stefanovic, St Mary’s Parish Safeguarding Officer. These courses, and others, are also provided by the Diocese Of Bath And Wells. Diocese Safeguarding Courses 2018.