Safeguarding Training dates for 2019

Level 2 
Saturday 9th March, 9.45 - 12.30, Billingham Baptist Church
Saturday 16th March, 9.45 - 12.30, Beacon Lough Baptist Church

Level 3
Saturday 22nd June, 9.45 - 12.30, Billingham Baptist Church
Saturday 6th July, 9.45 - 12.30, Beacon Lough Baptist Church 

Levels 2 and 3 for Ministers
Tuesday 24th September, 10 - 3.30, Durham City Baptist Church

Level 2 and 3 for Church Workers
Saturday October 12th, 9.45 - 12.30 and 1 - 3.45
Venue to be arranged

Church secretaries will receive booking forms in advance of each course and they will also available on this website (please see links below).  Remember, BUGB recommend that you renew your training at the appropriate level after three years. Level 2 and Level 3 training materials were both extensively revised in 2016 and both cover children, young people and adults at risk of abuse.

Lynn Fletcher, Safeguarding Officer for the NBA, is available to respond to your safeguarding inquiries and to advise on your safeguarding concerns:

“EXCELLENCE IN SAFEGUARDING” BUGB training sessions for all who work in the church (paid workers and volunteers)

In order to support you in your work with children, young people and adults at risk of abuse (vulnerable adults), BUGB has developed a three-level training scheme:

Level 1 is a DVD that helps you to raise awareness of the safeguarding of children and young people in the whole church and a copy has already been sent to each church.  The video is available to download from the BUGB website on

Level 2 is a three hour training session for those working regularly in the church with children, young people and adults at risk as well as for Designated Persons and those in a leadership capacity, including trustees, deacons, elders and ministers.  As well as providing participants with a sound basic grasp of safeguarding, realistic practical applications are considered.

Level 3 is a three hour training session going into greater depth for Designated Persons and leaders as above (who have already completed Level 2).  Level 3 uses powerful scenarios to help you test out your understanding and your church’s procedures.


BUGB guidance on safeguarding children and young people can be found in the publication “Safe to Grow” (Sixth Edition, 2011).  This is still available to purchase from BUGB and still contains much that is useful, but for the most up to date advice, do access the website.  

BUGB guidance on safeguarding adults is found in the online and downloadable publication “Safe to Belong” (2015).  

The BUGB website safeguarding section has lots of good advice and resources:

As well as model procedures and policies and guidance on safe recruitment of staff and safe working practices in your church, you can download detailed guidance on:

•        DBS checks

•        Cyber Safety

•        Understanding Domestic Abuse

•        Understanding Self Harm

BUGB Statement on the removal of Ministers / Church Secretaries

from the list of DBS verifiers sent to DDC

From the 1st June 2018 the Baptist Union has removed all ministers and church secretaries from the list of DBS verifiers sent to DDC, unless they have been confirmed by the church as continuing in the verifier role.

Notification of this change was given in a letter sent out with the annual returns request in January 2018. The letter asked that churches let us know if their minister and/or church secretary is acting as a verifier.

In previous years we have automatically enrolled the minister and church secretary as DBS Verifiers.  However, we recognise that this is a role that is often fulfilled by others in the church.  From now on when we are notified of a change to the minister or church secretary at a church, a verifier change form will be sent out to be completed and returned if the church would like that person to be a DBS Verifier.

If you would like to add names to the list of DBS verifiers for your church then please complete the Verifier changes form available from the Baptist Union website or via this link. This should be returned to Denise Moore or by post to Denise Moore, Baptist Union of Great Britain, Baptist House, 129 Broadway, Didcot, Oxfordshire, OX11 8RT.

Elaine Joy,
25 Jan 2019, 01:57