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


Training sessions using the BUGB materials (see below) will be held across the NBA region as follows, at a cost of £4 per person.  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.

Level 2 - 

Sat 4 March 10.00am - 1.00pm Portrack BC,  

Tues 7 March 6.30pm - 9.30pm Durham City BC,  

Sat 18 March 10.00am - 1.00pm Beacon Lough BC

Level 3 - 

Tues 6 June 6.30pm - 9.30pm Portrack BC,  

Sat 10 June 10.00am- 1.00pm Durham City BC,  

Sat 17 June 10.00am - 1.00pm Beacon Lough BC

A booking form is available at the bottom of this page

Note for ministers – a level 2/3 session for ministers is to be held on 19th September from 10 to 3 – details to follow.

“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.  A new version of the DVD is currently under production.

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

15 Feb 2017, 14:24