Thank you to all those parishes who have already informed us who has been appointed to the new positions required by our policy – Church Safeguarding Officer and Children’s Champion. As soon as your PCC has discussed this and appointed, do let us have the relevant contact details so that we can stay in touch and supply information and support. If you are experiencing any problems at all with this, please don’t hesitate to contact me or another member of the Diocesan Safeguarding Team.
A variety of Guidance Documents have been written and will be available on the safeguarding page of the website. These include: Volunteering and Working in the Diocese, First Aid, Off Site Visits, Electronic Communications, Staffing (which includes ratios of adults : children in groups), Risk Assessments, Undertaking Activities in Your Home and Unaccompanied Children. If there any other areas where you think some guidance would be useful, please let me know (especially if you have something already that you’d be willing to share with the Diocese!).
These will all be on the website for the beginning of the New Year.
We would also like to build a bank of role descriptions that can be used in parishes to support the recruitment of volunteers and paid workers. The role descriptions related to the policy will be placed on the web site – Children’s Champion, Church Safeguarding Officer along with Evidence Checker – for DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) applications. I see some very good examples of role descriptions accompanying DBS application forms and would be grateful if you could send me an electronic version safeguarding (Email: safeguarding [at] london.anglican.org) if you would be willing to make these available to other parishes so they can ‘tweak’ them to suit roles in their parish.
I hope you all have a very Happy Christmas; the Diocesan Safeguarding Team look forward to our continued work together in 2013 to ensure our Diocese is as safe as we can possibly make it.