Advanced Safeguarding Training

Advanced Safeguarding training is a requirement for those in certain roles within the Methodist Church and is offered in two forms: In person Training and Online Training. 

To see who is required to do Advanced Safeguarding Training please click here 

The training takes around 5hrs to complete and is a mix of conversation, videos and delivered training. There is some preparation material to complete, and this will be sent out prior to the event. As an acknowledgement and thanks to those participating in the training, a catered lunch is provided .

Please note that registrations close 20 days before the event date to allow enough time to receive and complete the preparation material before attending the core session.

There needs to be a minimum of 15 people registered for the session to take place. The Foundation Module must be completed before attending the Advanced Module.

If you are unsure whether you are required to complete this course please contact your church or circuit safeguarding officer or consult page 151 in the Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and Guidance for the Methodist Church in Britain.


All in person training will run from 10am until 3:30pm latest, with lunch provided.

23rd September (Saturday) - Portholme Church (Portholme Road, Selby, YO8 5SQ), Goole and Selby Circuit

23rd November - Pickering Recreation Club (Mill Lane, Pickering, YO18 7DB), Ryedale Circuit

16th January - Grewelthorpe Village Hall (Lake Terrace, Ripon, HG4 3BU), Ripon and Lower Dales Circuit

22nd February - Kingston Wesley Methodist Church (Holderness Road, Hull, HU9 3LP), South Holderness Circuit

16th March (Saturday) - Melbourne Village Hall, YO42 4QJ Bridge Circuit

3rd May - Queen Street Methodist Church (Queen Street, Scarborough, YO11 1HQ), North Yorkshire Coast

15th July - Wesley Methodist Church (Oxford Street, Harrogate, HG1 1PP), Nidd Valley Circuit

All in-person training can be booked here

The course is split into 2 sections:
Self-Study/e-learning – You will receive login details for Theology X which will give you access to online material to explore at home. It is expected that it will take around 4-7 hours to go through all the material online, however, you can split this up into smaller chunks of time and complete it over the month before the session. This material does need completing at least two full working days prior to attending the Zoom session with the trainers. Trainers will check if you have completed the online material before the Zoom session, if you have been unable to do so by the date of the Zoom session, you will need to transfer your Zoom session attendance to a later date.

Gathered Session – This is a 2-hour Zoom session for up to 20 people with the District's Advanced Module Trainers. There will be opportunity to reflect on learning from the online self-study material and engage in further discussion with others.

You will receive access to the self-study on Theology X around a month before. Booking for the dates will close about 3 weeks before. This is to allow everyone enough time to receive and complete the self-study material before attending the Zoom session. The Zoom link will be sent nearer the time of the Gathered Session.

We are pairing with with the Yorkshire Plus region for the delivery of this training. Whilst each District is leading specific dates, you can book onto any of the following training dates:

·      Wednesday 4 October – hosted by Yorkshire North and East

·      Monday 23 October – hosted by Yorkshire North and East

·      Wednesday 6 December – hosted by Sheffield

·      Thursday 25 January 2024 – hosted by Sheffield

·      Wednesday 21 February 2024 – hosted by Sheffield

·      Tuesday 5 March 2024 – hosted by Sheffield

·      Wednesday 4 June 2024 – hosted by Yorkshire North and East

·      Thursday 20 June 2024 – hosted by Yorkshire North and East


Use this link to register for your preferred date and time:

Registrations close 30 days before the event date to allow enough time to receive and complete the self-study materials before attending the zoom session.
There needs to be a minimum of 8 people registered for the gathered session to take place.

If you have any questions or are struggling with booking online, please contact

It is suggested that each circuit has 2-3 people who can host foundation training sessions, so to allow this to happen we recommend that you take 'Train the Trainers'.

In Train the Trainers we equip you with the skills and practical things you need to deliver the Foundation module. You would then be able to support the training needs of your church or join your Circuit Training team. 

As a trainer you will need to have completed the Foundation module and to complete the Advanced module within 6 months.

If you are interested in doing this training please talk to your Circuit Safeguarding Officer

We are offering two sessions during the next connexional year:

28th September - 6:30 - 8:30pm  - Online

2nd March - 1:30-4:30pm -  In person in the Wolds Edge Mission Area of the Bridge Circuit

Both of these training days will be offered as regional training opportunities