Safeguarding Key Resources

The Diocese of Lichfield is committed to caring for all the children, young people and vulnerable adults with whom it has contact with, in all aspects of their wellbeing and at all levels. Therefore, we urge all our parishes to read and implement a Safeguarding Policy as outlined in the House of Bishops revised Policy Document Promoting A Safer Church 2017

Every parish is required to have their own safeguarding policy and a reference template is listed below. Parishes also need to ensure that the policies have actually been ratified and adopted by the PCC and that this is recorded in meeting minutes. Parish Safeguarding Policies should be reviewed annually in line with Diocesan Policy.

In conjunction with the  Parish Safeguarding Policy it is very important that parishes are also aware of our Safer Recruitment policies. From January 2022 all parishes should be following the Safer Recrutment process for any appointed roles within the parish whether these are paid or voluntary. 

 

Survivor Strategy

  • Survivor and Disclosure Guidance February 2021 - download 

Diocesan Safeguarding Resources: Policy Documents and Practice Guidance

Church of England Safeguarding Resources: Policy Documents and Practice Guidance:

  • Parish Safeguarding Handbook download
  • Promoting A Safer Church 2017 - CofE Safeguarding Policy download
  • The Church of England Safer Environment and Activities - download
  • Responding Well to Domestic Abuse 2017 download
  • Protecting All God's Children 2010 download
  • Responding Well To Those Who Have Been Sexually Abused 2011 download
  • Responding to Safeguarding Concerns or Allegations that relate to Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults (Practice Guidance) download
  • Guidance for DBFs, PCCs and Religious Communities: Identifying and Reporting Safeguarding Serious Incidents to the Charity Commission 2019 - download
  • Practical guidance: How to make a Safeguarding Serious Incident report to the Charity Commission 2019 download
  • The National Church Institutions Safeguarding Privacy Notice is available here

Church of England Practice Guidance Documents Issued 2015

  • Practice Guidance: Safer Recruitment June 2015 download
  • Practice Guidance: Safeguarding in Religious Communities June 2015 download
  • Practise Guidance: Risk Assessment for Individuals who may Pose Risk to Children or Adults June 2015 download
  • Practice Guidance: Responding to Serious Safeguarding Situations Relating to Church Officers June 2015 download
  • Practice Guidance: Safeguarding Records: Joint Practice Guidance for the Church of England and the Methodist Church June 2015 download
  • Safeguarding Guidance for Single Congregation Local Ecumenical Partnerships June 2015 download

 

Key Forms for Parish Use

  • Safer Recruiting in the parish - executive summary and models of good practice - download 
  • Safer Recruitment and Peole Management Tool - download
  • Model Activity Risk Assessment  Template 
  • Model Parish Safeguarding Checklist - download
  • Parish Safeguarding Coordinators action plan template - download 
  • Model Volunteer Driver Agreement - download 
  • Model consent form for the use of Photographs - download and an accompaning privacy agreement - download 
  • Model Volunteer Role Description - download 
  • Application Form for Volunteer Roles with Children and Vulnerable Adults - download
  • Reference Form for Volunteer Roles with Children ad Vulnerable Adults - download 
  • Church of England Confidential Declaration Form updated Dec 2020 - download
  • Model Interview/Discussion for Volunteer Roles with Children and Vulnerable Adults - download
  • Guide to Activity that make Volunteer Roles eligibile for a DBS check - download
  • Church of England Roles where the activity is seen to be eligible for a DBS check - download
  • Letter of Appointment to Volunteer Role - download
  • Volunteer Role Working Agreement - download
  • Statement of Safeguarding Principles - download
  • Pocket Size Guide to Safeguarding - download

Please also look at the information and advice given on the Ecclesiastical Insurance Group site regarding 'Planning Events' here - EIG

Theological Resources

  • Forgiveness and Reconciliation in the Aftermath of Abuse (2017) download
  • The Gospel, Sexual Abuse and the Church: A theological resource for the local church (2016) download 

A Briefing Note from the National Safeguarding Team - September 2015

Other useful resources:

 

Powered by Church Edit