Safeguarding is everyone's business. Advice on creating a safer church.
Jenny Price - Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser
Church House, 1 South Parade, Wakefield WF1 1LP
For urgent matters, please ring 07800 740001
Gill Knowles - Safeguarding & Child Protection,
DBS Administrative Officer
Church House, 1 South Parade, Wakefield WF1 1LP
For all DBS matters.
The 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'.
1. Latest News
1. Latest News
How to get DBS applications processed in the new diocese - 8 August 2014
Letter to Parishes re On-line DBS Checks - 30 July 2014
2. National Policy and Guidance
Working Together to safeguard children: A guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children - March 2013
Protecting All God's Children (4th edition) - November 2010
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. West Yorkshire and the Dales Diocese Policy and Guidance
There is a strategic safeguarding committee which oversees all safeguarding arrangements.
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
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
Display Poster: What to do if you think or suspect someone from church is being abused - April 2012
WYAD Diocesan Policy - Safeguarding Children and Young People - April 2014
Children in Church - display poster (pdf) - May 2014
Children in Church - display poster (Word doc) - May 2014. West Yorkshire and the Dales parishes may add their details to this document only within the existing wording. Any queries - contact Jenny Price.
Code of Good Practice WYD - April 2014
Safe and Secure Consent for photos Form WYAD - April 2014
WYAD Diocesan Referral Form - making a child protection referral - September 2014
Protecting Children and Young People Checklist WYAD (Word doc) - September 2014
Model Child Protection Policy Statement for parishes in WYAD Diocese (pdf) - September 2013
Model Child Protection Policy Statement for parishes in WYAD Diocese (Word doc) - September 2013
Model Safeguarding Policy and Procedural Guidance for parishes WYAD (pdf) - April 2014
Model Safeguarding Policy and Procedural Guidance for parishes WYAD (Word doc) - April 2014
Church or parish halls - model hiring agreement for PCCs WYAD (Word doc)
3b. Safeguarding Adults
Vulnerable Adult Protection Policy WYAD - April 2014
Safe Church - a handbook containing guidelines and procedures to protect adults who may be vulnerable and those working with them in Wakefield Diocese - August 2012
Safe Practice Safe People - Guidelines for those in positions of trust or exercising pastoral ministry with those who may be vulnerable - April 2014
Promoting a Safe Church with Adults WYD - display poster (pdf) - April 2014
Promoting a Safe Church with Adults WYD - display poster (Word doc) - April 2014. West Yorkshire and the Dales parishes may add their details to this document only within the existing wording. Any queries - contact Jenny Price.
4. Safe Recruitment and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
Please note that ALL DBS application forms for clergy should be sent to:
Gill Knowles at Church House, 1 South Parade, Wakefield WF1 1LP
01924 371802 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Disclosure and Barring Service check before being allowed to do such work or hold office.
Information for CPOs re DBS Service - June 2013
Letter to All Child Protection Officers, PCC Secretaries and Incumbents - June 2013
DBS Disclosure Confirmation Template WYD when Clear (pdf) - April 2014
DBS Disclosure Confirmation Template WYD when Issues (pdf) - April 2014
Summary - What you need to do now - June 2013
Please note a DBS certificate held with the former dioceses of Bradford, Ripon & Leeds or 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 below:
Confidential Declaration Form WYAD - April 2014 (Word)
Confidential Declaration Form WYAD - April 2014 pdf)
DBS Checks and Church Roles - Interim Guidance - updated September 2014
DBS Eligibility in relation to children, young people and vulnerable adults - added October 2012
Points for evidence checkers - January 2013
Child Protection - DBS - Interview Identity Checklist
DBS Continuation Sheet - updated May 2011
Recruitment of ex-offenders policy WYAD
Storage and handling of disclosure information in the Diocese of Wakefield
Safeguarding Training continues across the new diocese at each of the diocesan offices. Find out more here.
6. Links to General Guidance
Younger Children and Social Networking Sites: A Blind Spot - a report from the NSPCC about the use and impact of social networking sites on 11 and 12 year olds and what might be done.
CEOP: Child Exploitation and Online Protection Service - works across the UK tackling child sex abuse and provides advice for parents.
Social Media - Advice and Guidelines - 2014
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
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
Local Authority Contact List - August 2010