Safeguarding Guidance

Please find below a selection of material for parishes to download to help them provide safer churches for all, including guidance for video and photography and hiring out your church hall.

New Church of England guidance

In June 2015 the new Church of England safeguarding policies and practice guidance came into effect. We will be working to integrate these into our regional material, but in the meantime the documents are all available on the Church of England website’s safeguarding section.

The new documents relate to:

  • Safer Recruitment
  • Safeguarding for LEP’s
  • Safeguarding Records
  • Safeguarding in Religious Communities
  • Serious Safeguarding Situations
  • Risk Assessment

Theological resource for the local church

Newly published The Gospel, Sexual Abuse and the Church: A Theological Resource for the Local Church is an excellent resource for churches who wish to consider how they might discuss and develop their approach to protecting and valuing all the members of their community, including those who have suffered abuse in church settings in the past; and those who have harmed others in the past but now wish to make a new life in Christ. Safeguarding from abuse and responding well to it needs to be grounded in Christian theology and so should be part of the Church’s regular ministry of preaching and teaching. Good safeguarding is integral to the mission of the Church.

General guidance

South-West Child Protection Procedures – multi-agency child protection guidelines

Social Care Institute for Excellence –  vulnerable adult safeguarding procedures

Common Assessment Framework (CAF) guidance – resources including form to refer a family to GETSET, the early help (to prevent a child being at risk of abuse or neglect) for families project.

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Who to contact

  • Glenys Armstrong

    Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser

    Tel: 01749 685135

  • Helen Humphreys

    Assistant Safeguarding Adviser

    Tel: 01749 685103

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