Safeguarding Policy and Practice Guidance
The Archbishop's Council funds a National Church of England Safeguarding Team. This is a team of expert Safeguarding Professionals based at Church House, Westminster London. One of the many functions of the National Safeguarding Team is to produce National Safeguarding Policy and Practice Guidance. This is done by extensive research and lengthy consultation with internal and external safeguarding experts. All Policy and Practice Guidance is regularly updated and reviewed.
You can learn more about the National Safeguarding Team and their activities by accessing the Church of England website's National Safeguarding page.
We here in Hereford Diocese will always adhere strictly to all National Safeguarding Policy and Practice guidance. We will not seek to develop our own policy and practice guidance but may produce additional supplementary information leaflets and pro forma documents to assist in safeguarding activity. See below in the supplementary information section.
Important -Word of CAUTION
The Ecclesiastical Insurance Group have made it clear that their insurance cover is only valid where National Safeguarding Policy and Practice Guidance is being followed. In addition the Safeguarding and Clergy Discipline Measure 2016, once brought into force later this year, will require all clergy authorised to officiate; other relevant Church Officers (e.g Church Wardens) and parochial church councils to have "due regard" to safeguarding policy and practice guidance issued by the House of Bishops. A duty to have due regard to guidance means that a person under that duty is not free to disregard it but is required to follow such guidance unless there are cogent reasons for not doing so.
See below for ALL Current National Safeguarding Policy and Practice Guidance:
Protecting All God's Children (Safeguarding policy for children and young people, 4th edition, 2010)
This is the main policy document for the Church of England, outlining how it will respond to safeguarding concerns with regards to children and young people. It is currently under substantive revision and is due to be combined with the below adult safeguarding policy. Due in 2017.
Promoting a Safe Church (Safeguarding Policy for adults 2006) This is the main policy document outlining how the Church of England will respond to concerns about adult safeguarding issues. It is currently under substantive revision and is due to be combined with the above child and young person. Due out in 2017.
Safer Recruitment (2016) This is the Church of England's current guidance on undertaking safer recruitment practices for all paid and voluntary roles within the church, particularly those who are deemed to be in regulated activity.
Responding Well to those who have been sexually abused (2011) This outlines how the Church of England will respond to those who are survivors of sexual abuse.
Responding Well to Domestic Abuse (2017) This outlines how pastoral responsibilities of those responding to domestic abuse within the church.
Responding to, assessing and managing safeguarding concerns or allegations against church officers (2017). This outlines how the Church of England will respond to safeguarding allegations involving church officers. This is new Guidance.
Key Roles and Responsibilities of Church Office Holders and Bodies – Practice Guidance (2017). This is new guidance. It makes clear every church officers responsibilities in relation to safeguarding.
Joint Safeguarding Guidance for Single Congregational Local Ecumenical Partnerships (2015) This outlines the responsibilities of single congregational LEPs in coming under the safeguarding policies of their respective denomination. This is a joint policy with the Methodist Church.
Safeguarding in Religious Communities - Practice Guidance (2015) This outlines expectations of religious communities to come under the umbrella of local diocesan safeguarding policies and training.
Joint Safeguarding Records - Practice Guidance (2015) This outlines good practice in respect of recording practices. This is a joint policy with the Methodist Church.
Learning and Development Framework - Practice Guidance (2017) This is the Church of England's framework for learning and development in respect of safeguarding, outlining key roles and responsibilities and training modules to be undertaken.
National Policy and Practice guidance is currently being developed in relation to Spiritual Abuse and Complaints and Whistle blowing.
Parish Safeguarding Policy Statement
Parishes are expected to formally adopt National Policy and Practice Guidance on a yearly basis and display a Safeguarding Policy Statement in a prominent place. A template for this is available to download - brand new 2017 version
Important - All policy and practice guidance published on this website will always be the most up to date version.