The Diocesan Safeguarding Protocol 'In safe Hands' was adopted by Diocesan Synod in the autumn of 2011 and updated in 2014, with additional information regarding Safer Recruitment.
In November 2015, the Diocesan Synod agreed to continue to adopt the Church of England Safeguarding Policies. Synod also agreed that the policies and protocols will only be provided electronically, with no hard copies being provided by the diocese.
When the Church of England safeguarding policy is updated later this year, the diocesan handbook 'In Safe Hands' will be withdrawn from use and replaced with protocols which complement the new Church of England policies. From that date no hard copies will be made available, all being online only. Parishes who print off copies will be responsible for ensuring that they are the most current documents.
The diocesan safeguarding team are currently working on local protocols to complement the updated policies when received. It is anticipated that there will be a single date when parishes will be circulated all of the revised policies and new diocesan protocols. This is likely to be at the end of the year.
Details of how parishes should implement Safeguarding Policies can be found here
The Church of England provides national safeguarding policies and there is a requirement that dioceses, and parishes, implement these and the practice guidance.
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