Although the responsibility for Safeguarding lies in particular places, both within the diocese and the parish, it is everyone’s business to be vigilant.
If a child or adult is at immediate risk of significant harm, in the first instance you should always contact your local social services team or local police (call 101). You must then inform your Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser.
DSAs remain available between 09.00 and 17.00, Monday to Friday. Advice on what action to take outside these hours can be found in the important information section above.
Best practice for safeguarding is prevention. There are specific responsibilities for certain roles within the church, please make sure that you are aware of and act by those.
Parish Safeguarding Officer:
‘Eyes and ears’ Communicate with officers, congregation, Diocese Safeguarding Advisor Report to PCC – prevention/protection Recruit Safely, including DBS checks Ensure volunteers and paid workers are trained
‘Eyes and ears’ Represent PCC Check Insurance Link with Health and Safety Complete Archdeacon’s’ Articles of Enquiry
Parochial Church Council: Agree policies and procedures for the Church. Agree events and activities to be done in the Church’s name Fund insurance and maintenance of safe buildings
All Church Wardens and volunteer leaders should also be familiar with this policy:
Safeguarding Contact Information and Advice
Whenever you need guidance or advice on safeguarding matters, please contact your Parish Safeguarding Officer:
When responding to specific situations or circumstances:
Listen – and keep listening Don’t ask questions Don’t promise confidentiality Accept what you hear without passing judgement Don’t investigate Inform individual what you are going to do Make careful notes as soon as you can (circumstances, what was said). Include date/time of the incident and keep safely Contact the PSO/Vicar Don’t talk to others In an emergency contact Police/Children’s Services