Safeguarding Learning Events

Spiritual Abuse Webinar for the Diocese of Newcastle

Friday, 2 February 2024, at 11am

For all clergy, parish safeguarding officers and church wardens

We are pleased to announce consultant to the Church of England and co-author of ‘Escaping the Maze of Spiritual Abuse: Creating Healthy Christian Cultures', Professor Lisa Oakley will give a webinar for our Diocese, exploring what spiritual abuse is and its key characteristics.

The webinar will look at the impact of spiritual abuse and consider key features of responding well to a disclosure and there will be some introductory discussion about creating healthy Christian cultures.

There will be the opportunity for discussion in breakout groups and a question and answer session.

It will be followed in March, by a series of workshop conversations related to the webinar.

We expect this webinar to be very popular and places are limited, so early booking is advised. Please book your place here:

Professor Lisa Oakley is professor of safeguarding and knowledge exchange and deputy programme leader for the MSc in Family and Child Psychology in the School of Psychology, at the University of Chester. She has taught in higher education for over 30 years and is a chartered psychologist and chair of the British Psychological Society Safeguarding Advisory Group.

Lisa has conducted research into issues of faith, safeguarding and abuse for the past 20 years and has focused on spiritual abuse and has co-authored a number of articles and book chapters on these topics, which she has presented nationally and internationally. She is currently engaged in a cross-faith research project exploring experiences of disclosing abuse that was experienced in a religious context.

Information about Leadership Learning Events

Leadership Learning Pathway for those in leadership in church settings, builds on the Basic Awareness and Foundation modules, available online at the Church of England’s learning portal. Click here for more information about the Safeguarding Leadership Learning Pathway.

Safeguarding Learning

Everyone working in either a voluntary or paid capacity in the Diocese needs to update their Safeguarding Learning every three years.

Click here to register for the Safeguarding Basic Awareness Online Training and the Foundation Training available on the Church of England website.

This training and learning is from the National Safeguarding Training and Development Framework for the Church of England and every diocese is expected to cover the same core information.

Click here to view the training and development framework and what level of training is required for your role (Basic Awareness Online and/or Foundation Online and/or Leadership Learning) published in 2021. Please pay particular attention to pages 20-22. *Please note Newcastle Diocese have decided that all Churchwardens, given their key and influential role, are required to complete safeguarding learning to leadership level.

Click here to view our 2024 Safeguarding Leadership Learning dates. 

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