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SAFEGUARDING

We are committed to the safeguarding, care and nurture of everyone within our church community.

DBS APPLICATIONS

Under Diocesan guidelines we need to check that all volunteers involved with children or potentially vulnerable adults have DBS clearance, and that this be re-checked every 5 years. If you are hoping to join a team that requires you to undergo a check, you will need to complete a DBS application before getting invovled; please chat to your team leader about how to complete this.


POLICY & RESOURCES

Additional resources for reference during the Covid-19 pandemic:

Keeping safe whilst self isolating

Domestic abuse support services

Guidance on mental health and wellbeing

 

Parish Safeguarding Handbook

House of Bishops' Safer Environment and Activities' Guidance

Our policy for the protection of 0-18s is available to download here.

Our policy for the protection of vulnerable adults is available to download here.


TRAINING

Following changes in the National Church Safeguarding Policy the Diocese has implemented a new programme of Safeguarding training courses. All the training follows the national standard as issued by Church of England training team and is transferable, so if you move to another Diocese or role this training will be valid. 

To find out whether you need to complete any training to support your voluntary role, please chat to your team leader. If training is required further details, along with links to complete C0 and C1 and book onto further courses, can be obtianed from the Diocesean website.


SUPPORT

IF SOMEONE DISCLOSES INFORMATION TO YOU

  • be calm
  • listen and don’t make comments or judgements
  • never promise confidentiality, tell them you may have to share any information
  • do not: ask leading questions, investigate it, discuss it with anyone else or ignore it
  • reassure them that speaking up was right
  • tell them what you will do next
  • contact a designated person listed below

IF YOU CONSIDER SOMEONE TO BE IN REAL & IMMEDIATE DANGER

You must call either:

The police 101 or, in an emergency: 999
MASH 023 8083 3336 / out of hours 023 8023 3344 

Then inform a Designated Person (detailed below) within 24 hours

CONCERNS ABOUT SOMEONE’S SAFETY

Talk to a Designated Person or the Diocesan Safeguarding Manager detailed below:

DESIGNATED PERSONS

Parish Safeguarding Officer // safeguarding@highfield.church or 07723 461604 

Priest in Charge // vicar@highfield.church or 07595 333881

or, failing the above, Church Wardens // wardens@highfield.church or 023 8055 8234

DIOCESAN SAFEGUARDING MANAGER

Jackie Rowlands // 01962 737317  or  07921 865374