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Safeguarding 2015

Demand for training continues to increase

AR 2015 Safeguarding picMembers of the Safeguarding team provide advice to parishes and diocesan departments on all aspects of safeguarding children and adults at risk of harm.

During 2015 the diocesan safeguarding trainer continued the modular approach to face-to-face training introduced in 2014. The demand for parish training continues to increase every year, but e-learning has proved particularly popular with over 700 people registering during 2015.

On behalf of parishes the team submitted 1,688 DBS applications for lay staff and a further 78 for clergy.

In October more than 50 delegates attended the safeguarding team’s second one-day conference for parish safeguarding officers. It included keynote addresses on the Care Act and domestic abuse delivered by Surrey County Council Adult Services and South West Surrey Domestic Abuse Group.

The diocesan safeguarding adviser also supported parishes, responding to concerns and referrals to the local authority, and assisted in the safe inclusion of ex-offenders into services of worship.

Ian Berry

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser