"Wherever I go across the diocese, churches are engaging in excellent children’s work and youth activities, as well as running drop-ins, lunch-clubs, food banks and street pastors, reaching out to some of the more vulnerable members of our society.
Because of the potential of just one person to cause terrible damage to the lives of children or vulnerable adults – and appalling collateral damage to the life of their families, friends and church community – the risk is one that we must guard against with utmost vigilance.
Could I therefore urge all parishes and worshiping communities to ensure that the protocols on these pages are implemented and reviewed regularly in line with diocesan policy, while thanking you for every way in which your church is having a transformative effect on the lives of others." - Bishop Andrew
Implementing Safeguarding Policies & Safer Practice in Parishes
First point of reference for implementing safeguarding policies and safer practice in your parishes is the Parish Handbook
Contact details, and how, to report a safeguarding concern or incident.
Includes national safeguarding policies and national practice guidance. Details the steps parishes must take to successfully implement the diocesan safeguarding policy.
Local Diocesan Protocols & resources to help parishes implement the safeguarding policy, including safer recruitment, risk assessments, lone working and more, such as social media, the PREVENT strategy & posters.
Details of what safeguarding training is on offer, who should take which training, links to online training courses, all upcoming training dates and the online booking form.
Guidance on the roles which require DBS checks, supporting contacts and the application process.
All upcoming safeguarding events and events on safeguarding topics.
Resources and events to support parish safeguarding officers.
Find out how each member of the team can help you on matters of safeguarding and get in touch.