Safeguarding

Safeguarding is everyone's business. Advice on creating a safer church. 

Jenny Price, Wakefield Diocese Safeguarding Officer

Jenny Price - Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser
Church House, 1 South Parade, Wakefield WF1 1LP
01924 371802
jenny.price@wakefield.anglican.org

For urgent matters, please ring 07800 740001

Gill Knowles, Safeguarding Administrator

Gill Knowles - Safeguarding Administrator
Church House, 1 South Parade, Wakefield WF1 1LP
For non clergy CRB matters and checks.
01924 371802
gill.knowles@wakefield.anglican.org

 

 

The Wakefield Diocese follows the policy of the Church of England.
Details of the major Church of England Documents can be found under 'National Policy and Guidance'.

 

Resources

1. Latest News

2. National Policy and Guidance

3. Wakefield Diocese Policies and Guidance

4. CRB/DBS checks and the Independent Safeguarding Authority

5. Training

6. Links to useful General Guidance

7. Links to Useful Organisations

 

1. Latest news

Keeping Safe: The Festive Season - advice from the Suzy Lamplugh Trust about keeping safe over Christmas and New Year.

Safeguarding and Child Protection Newsletter - November 2013

Social Media - Advice and Guidelines - June 2013

Important New Information for CPO's re DBS Service - June 2013

Letter to All Child Protection Officers, PCC Secretaries and Incumbents - June 2013

DBS Disclosure Confirmation Template when Clear (Word doc) - June 2013

DBS Disclosure Confirmation Template when Issues (Word doc) - November 2013

Summary - What you need to do now - June 2013

 

DBS Press Release re 'Position applied for' - email sent to all CPO's, 17 May 2013

'Working Together to safeguard children: A guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children' has just been published.
This is a simpler version than the last edition, and makes only minimal reference to faith communities. However, we are required to be aware of the guidance and ensure that our arrangements comply with the guidance in section 4. The document has been influenced by Professor Eileen Munro who has spoken extensively to children in her review of child protection  in Local Authorities. These comments chime with those in Responding Well about listening carefully to those who have been hurt.'

 

CRB/DBS Checks and Church Roles - Interim Guidance - November 2012

CRB/DBS Eligibility in relation to children, young people and vulnerable adults - added October 2012

Changes to ID Checking for CRB/DBS Applicants - August 2012

New ID checking guidelines - effective from 28 May 2012 - added November 2012


 

2. National policy and guidance

Protecting All God's Children (4th edition) - November 2010
Safer Recruitment Policy for the Church of England and Methodist - June 2013
Promoting a Safe Church - Policy for safeguarding adults in the Church of England
- 2006 (external link)
Responding well to those who have been sexually abused
- new policy and guidance - July 2011
Responding to Domestic Abuse: Guidelines for those with pastoral responsibility - 2006
DfE Theatre Performance Guidance - added April 2013

 

3. Wakefield Diocese Policies and Guidance

A Diocesan Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults Support Group oversees these matters in Wakefield diocese. The members of this group are: a Lay Chairperson appointed by the Bishop, the Archdeacons, the Diocesan Secretary, the Bishop's Chaplain, Diocesan Director of Education, Diocesan Director of Ordinands, Bishops Advisor for Children's work, a lay person experienced in Child Protection work, and the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser who acts as the Groups Coordinator.

Brave Adults, Safe Church - a handbook containing guidelines and procedures to protect children and young people and those working with them in Wakefield Diocese - December 2013

Safe Church - a handbook containing guidelines and procedures to protect adults who may be vulnerable and those working with them in Wakefield Diocese - December 2013

Please contact Gill Knowles or Jenny Price if you are have any difficulty these documents.

Safeguarding and Child Protection Newsletter - April 2013

 

3a. Safeguarding Children

Guidance for those newly appointed as Parish Child Protection Officers - September 2011
Display Poster: What to do if you think or suspect someone from church is being abused
- April 2012
Diocesan Policy -Protecting and Safeguarding Children and Young People
- November 2011
Confidential Declaration Form - December 2013
Children in Church - display poster (pdf) - May 2012
Children in Church - display poster (Word doc) - May 2012. Wakefield parishes may add their details to this document only within the existing wording. Any queries - contact Jenny Price.
Diocese of Wakefield Code of Good Practice - Guidelines for adults working with children and young people -  August 2010
Diocesan Photographic Policy including video/camcorders and photographs - January 2009 and Image Consent Form - June 2009
Diocesan Referral Form - making a child protection referral - August 2010
Protecting Children and Young People Checklist - July 2010
Model Child Protection Policy Statement for parishes in Wakefield Diocese
(pdf) - September 2013
Model Child Protection Policy Statement for parishes in Wakefield Diocese
(Word doc) - September 2013
Model Safeguarding Policy and Procedures Guidance for parishes in Wakefield Diocese (pdf) - October 2013
Model Safeguarding Policy and Procedures Guidance for parishes in Wakefield Diocese (Word doc) - October 2013
Church or parish halls - model hiring agreement for PCCs (Word doc)

 

3b. Safeguarding Adults

Diocesan Policy - Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults - November 2011
Safe Practice Safe People - Guidelines for those in positions of trust or exercising pastoral ministry with those who may be vulnerable - September 2011
Promoting a Safe Church
- display poster (pdf) - May 2012
Promoting a Safe Church - display poster (Word doc) - May 2012. Wakefield parishes may add their details to this document only within the existing wording. Any queries - contact Jenny Price.

 

4. CRB/DBS checks and the Independent Safeguarding Authority

Please note that ALL CRB/DBS application forms for clergy should be sent to: 
Bishop's Lodge, Woodthorpe Lane, Sandal, Wakefield WF2 6JL.

It is a legal requirement that all people who work with children, or who hold a position of responsibility in the church, should have a Criminal Record Bureau/Disclosure and Barring Service check before being allowed to do such work or hold office. The diocese acts as an 'Umbrella Organisation' for such checks which are free for volunteers.

Important New Information for CPO's re DBS Service - June 2013
Letter to All Child Protection Officers, PCC Secretaries and Incumbents
- June 2013
DBS Disclosure Confirmation Template when Clear (Word doc) - June 2013
DBS Disclosure Confirmation Template when Issues (Word doc) - November 2013
Summary - What you need to do now
- June 2013

Please note a CRB/DBS certificate held with the Diocese of Wakefield is valid for 5 years from the date of issue.  A Self declaration Form should be completed by all volunteers/employees in parishes annually. This form is available to download - Confidential Self Declaration Form - December 2013.

CRB/DBS Checks and Church Roles - Interim Guidance - November 2012
CRB/DBS Eligibility in relation to children, young people and vulnerable adults - added October 2012

New ID checking guidelines - effective from 28 May 2012 - added November 2012
From 25 September 2011 the www.crb.homeoffice.gov.uk  website closed and is replaced by information on the Home Office website

Points for evidence checkers - January 2013
Child Protection - CRB/DBS - Interview Identity Checklist 
CRB/DBS Continuation Sheet - updated May 2011
Recruitment of ex-offenders policy 
Storage and handling of disclosure information in the Diocese of Wakefield

 

5. Training

Training sessions can be arranged locally on request.
Please contact Jenny or Gill.

 

Towards a Safer Church: Work in Progress
Saturday 29 March 2014, 9.30am – 4.00pm at St Martin’s Church, Brighouse. Increasing understanding of safeguarding and applying it in parishes. This very practical day is particularly for Brighouse and Elland Deanery but all are welcome.
Download more information.
St Martins Brighouse are providing a buffet lunch, so please book with Revd Andrew Hall by 1 March 2014.

 

6. Links to useful General Guidance

Younger Children and Social Networking Sites: A Blind Spot - a new report from the NSPCC about the use and impact of social networking sites on 11 and 12 year olds and what might be done.
Social Media - Advice and Guidelines
- June 2013
Staying safe online
- advice and resources for leaders
Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation
- a document directed at Local Authorities from Barnados but useful for those involved with young people.
Central Council of Church Bell Ringers 
information and guidance to protect young ringers as well as a sample Permission to Ring Consent Form
Safeguarding Children and Young People from Sexual Exploitation
 - June 2009 
Safer Working Practice for adults who work with children - November 2007
Towards Good Practice Practical guidance for parishes working with children and young people produced by the Children and Youth Team.
Safeguarding Children from abuse linked to a belief in spirit possession

 

7. Links to useful organisations

Central Council of Church Bell Ringers 
Criminal Records Bureau/Disclosure and Barring Service
Independent Safeguarding Authority
Barnsley Safeguarding Children Board
Calderdale Safeguarding Children Board 
Kirklees Safeguarding Children Board
Wakefield Safeguarding Children Board
Local Authority Contact List - August 2010

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