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Policy Implementation in Parishes

The Diocese of Guildford recognises the importance of delivering safeguarding support to parishes, including the provision of safeguarding polices, practice guidance and protocols for Children and Adults at risk.

The Church of England provides national safeguarding policies and there is a requirement that dioceses, and parishes, implement these and the practice guidance.

What do Parishes need to do?

  • Parishes need to continue to annually adopt the policy in accordance with the current requirement outlined in the diocesan handbook 'In safe Hands'
    Section 1. Page 3 section entitled 'Protecting All God's Children (2010) and Promoting a Safe Church (2006)
    NOTE: The additional national documents listed ​below also fall into this requirement
  • In practice, parishes will be following the policy and practice guidance documents listed ​below with the use of 'In Safe Hands' to assist in the implementation of those documents.
  • When advised, by the Safeguarding team, of the changes to the policies, PCC's should note these changes in the minutes to ensure that there is an audit trail for the move to the new policies. At that time, the information should be disseminated to relevant parish staff and 'In Safe Hands' withdrawn from use.

A revised parish policy statement for reporting the policy adoption process to the diocese, and for public display can be found below.

Current National Policies

These policies are being reviewed and updated, the diocesan safeguarding team will inform parishes when the new policies have been agreed by the House of Bishops.

Current National Practice Guidance

The Church of England have produced a series of practice guidance documents which are available on the diocesan website and should be regarded as the same as policies.

National Practice Guidance

Parish Safeguarding Responsibilities

Every year, the PCC will review and adopt the Church of England Safeguarding Policies, displaying a copy of the signed statement in a prominent position in the church....
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Policy Statement for the Safeguarding of Children and Vulnerable Adults

Policy Statement to be adopted at a PCC meeting....
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