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SAFEGUARDING IS EVERYONE’S BUSINESS


If a child or adult is at immediate risk of significant harm, in the first instance you should always contact your local social services team or local police (call 101). You must then inform your Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser Jenni Leccardi on 0113 3530259 or 07872 005189.

OUT OF HOURS ADVICE  

A DSA will usually be available between 09.00 and 17.00, Monday to Friday. Please see below for contact details of the DSA for your Episcopal area. If you require URGENT safeguarding advice outside these hours, or if you are unable to speak to a DSA, then please contact your Archdeacon. If they are unavailable then you must contact any of the Archdeacons in the Diocese of Leeds.

Remember, if anyone is at ​immediate risk of harm please refer to the actions above.

Being A Safe Church means that we follow Church of England Safeguarding Policies. By promoting welfare and a safe environment, creating a framework where risks of harm to welfare are minimised by taking action to address any concerns.

Practically, this means that the Parish Safeguarding Officers (PSO’s) work together with the incumbent, church wardens, PCC, and Diocesan Employees, to ensure:

Safe recruitment; DBS checks; Application and reference forms; Risk Assessments of Buildings and Activities; Adequate Insurance Cover;  Annual Safeguarding Audit: review of policies and procedures annually; Management and monitoring of those who pose risk;  Handle complaints; Communication; information sharing and record keeping; Observation of confidentiality boundaries and consent; Training and safeguarding education; DBS Application Procedures.

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. Without a valid DBS certificate, we cannot allow anyone to volunteer working with vulnerable/children’s groups.


Responsibilities

Best practice for safeguarding is prevention. There are specific responsibilities for certain roles within the church, please make sure that you are aware of and act by those.

Parish Safeguarding Officer:
‘Eyes and ears’
Communicate with officers, congregation, Diocese Safeguarding Advisor
Report to PCC – prevention/protection
Recruit Safely, including DBS checks
Ensure volunteers and paid workers are trained

Churchwardens:
Represent PCC
Check Insurance
Link with Health and Safety
Complete Archdeacon’s’ Articles of Enquiry

Parochial Church Council:
Agree policies and procedures for the Church.
Agree events and activities to be done in the Church’s name
Fund insurance and maintenance of safe buildings

All Church Wardens and volunteer leaders should also be familiar with this policy:


Safeguarding Contact Information and Advice

Whenever you need guidance or advice on safeguarding matters, please contact your Parish Safeguarding Officer:

When responding to specific situations or circumstances:

Listen – and keep listening
Don’t ask questions
Don’t promise confidentiality
Accept what you hear without passing judgement
Don’t investigate yourself
Inform individual what you are going to do
Make careful notes as soon as you can (circumstances, what was said). Include date/time of the incident and keep safely
Contact the PSO/Vicar
Don’t talk to others
In an emergency contact Police/Children’s Services