Catholic Church offers free online safeguarding training

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Catholic Church offers free online safeguarding training

The Catholic Church has been working with EduCare to create an e-learning package that raises awareness about safeguarding. Rebecca Bretherton, Diocesan Safeguarding Administrator, reports.

In our current national lockdown, everyone can help to keep people safe. These e-learning modules from the Catholic Church in England and Wales are part of its commitment to safeguarding, and are available to all members of the Catholic community free of charge.

The training is useful for everyone, as keeping people safe is a responsibility we all share. People with church roles which involve working with children or adults at risk should complete the training modules as preparation for their volunteer work. 

I particularly recommend the module about online safety. It is always an issue but is something to be particularly aware of during this pandemic as so much of our socialising and information is online at the moment. If you have children in your life, you will learn from it, and it has some tips for adults including a reminder to make sure devices are safe.

To access this training package:

  1. Email the Diocesan Safeguarding Administrator Rebecca Bretherton on to register your interest. 
  2. Your email should contain your name, email address, the name of your parish/order/congregation, and your role. For example: Priest, Member of the Religious, Safeguarding Representative, Youth Worker, Teacher, SVP or Other Volunteers, Parent/Grandparent/Guardian, or Other.
  3. On receipt of your email the Safeguarding Administrator will register your email address with EduCare.
  4. You will receive a Welcome Email from EduCare and will have an opportunity to set your password.

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