Who I am and my experience

It has now been nearly 2 years since I took up post as your Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser. In that time I have been very busy travelling around the Diocese meeting people and gaining an insight into the complexities of church work and our current safeguarding arrangements. I have also now had the opportunity to deliver safeguarding training to a wide variety of audiences drawn from across the Diocese in many Parishes.

Welcome to the Diocesan Safeguarding Webpages – where we hope you will find lots of useful information. Please take some time to have a good look and please let us know what you think. We will aim to constantly update and improve the information available.

There are many sections for you to choose from:

Safeguarding Strategy and Action Plan – This gives an overview of how we aim to approach Safeguarding in the Diocese.

Independent Safeguarding Audit - This tells you all about our audit.

Safeguarding Policy and Practice Guidance – This gives an overview of all current National Safeguarding Policy and Practice Guidance.

Learning and Development - This details the many varied Safeguarding Training Courses available together with an indication as to who in what role should attend.

Latest Training opportunities – This sets out dates and venues when training is available and how you can book on.

Safer Recruitment – This sets out everything you need to know about how to recruit a paid or volunteer church worker and includes guidance about Disclosure and Barring Service checks.

Information for Parishes and Benefices – This is a brief list for Parishes to look at as to what they need to have in place regarding safeguarding.

Advice and Guidance – This is about how and when to contact me.   

Parish Safeguarding Handbook - The central Church of England Safeguarding team has released a new quick and easy guide to all you need to know about safeguarding in a parish. Primarily aimed at incumbents and Parish Safeguarding Officers it will also be useful to anyone involved in church life. There are specific sections to support PCCs and leaders of activities for children, young people and/or adults who may be vulnerable.