Safeguarding Resources for PSOs and Parishes
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Safeguarding practice is recognised by the Church of England as central to the mission and ministry of the church and integral to creating communities of wholeness with Christ at the centre.
Our shared aim is to ensure that children and vulnerable adults are safe in our churches and that all those who are survivors of abuse are listened to, valued and supported. As such the role of Parish Safeguarding Officer is key to ensuring that we all meet our safeguarding responsibilities in all of the work that we do.
The Diocesan Safeguarding Team are available to answer questions and queries related to safeguarding and can provide contact details for a wide range of Christian and secular organisations that can provide advice or support across a range of needs.
Information regarding a variety of organisations and sources of support can be found here: Safeguarding Resources.
It is important that new Parish Safeguarding Officers (PSO) make contact with the Diocesan Safeguarding Team so that they can receive welcome information and be provided with induction details. If you are changing the PSO within your parish find out about what needs to happen here: How to induct a new Parish Safeguarding Officer.
Each year a Parish Safeguarding Self-Audit is undertaken. It is usually sent out to parishes during October for return by mid-December. Feedback from the audit will enable Parishes to develop and implement an improvement plan and inform the Diocesan Safeguarding Team ensure they are providing effective support to parishes in the coming year.
Serious Incident Reporting - information regarding what to do when you need to report a serious safeguarding incident to the Charity Commission.
All of the Diocese of Bristol safeguarding policy, procedures and practice guidance can be found on the Safeguarding Policy and Procedure page. Parishes are required to have their own, local Policy and Procedures. Below are some examples to help you set this up and further Safeguarding advice documentation:
Parish Safeguarding Audit 2018 - Working document, use this document to complete your audit and record answers and evidence. Do not use this document to submit your audit return to the Diocese Safeguarding Team.
Please ensure that once you have completed the above and it has been approved by the PCC that you submit a return to the Diocese Safeguarding Team using this form: [PARISH SAFEGUARDING AUDIT SUBMISSION 2018]
If you would like any support or advice regarding the completion of the audit form or submission of the audit return please contact the Diocese Safeguarding Team: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Sample Parish Safeguarding Policy - REVISED August 2018 - Includes reference to new version of Working Together and other national guidance issued during 2017.
Parish Domestic Abuse Policy Statement - Template - July 2017!
Parish Safeguarding Policy Guidance - August 2017
Parish Safeguarding Responsibilities - August 2017
- Safeguarding Responsibilities: Churchwardens- November 2017
- Safeguarding Responsibilities: PCC Members - November 2017
Good Practice Guidance working with adults - August 2017
Good Practice guidance working with children - August 2017
Parish Safeguarding Recording Form - NEW 2018 - form that parishes can use to keep records relating to safeguarding incidents and concerns.
Model forms and templates to use when undertaking safer recruitment for volunteer roles.
Model Role Descriptions
These are sample of possible role descriptions for some roles you may have in your church or parish. They are not exhaustive or in any way prescriptive. You may wish to edit and add or amend certain responsibilities as these will differ between parishes. If you need a role description for a role that is not listed there is a generic form and you can ask for assistance form the Diocese Safeguarding Team.
- Children's Worker
- Flower Arranger
- Holy Communion Assistant
- Lunch Club Helper
- Pastoral Visitor
Activities eligible for a criminal records check - tool to assist you in deciding if a role is eligible for a DBS check (if you are not sure then please contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team).