Safeguarding Resources

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National Church of England Safeguarding Policy

  • Promoting a Safer Church (2017): the new national House of Bishops policy statement for Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults.  This document is to be supported by more detailed practice guidance, which will be made available in due course.
  • Protecting All God’s Children (2010): Previous national policy for safeguarding children.  Please continue to refer to this until the supporting practice guidance is available for the new policy.
  • Promoting a Safe Church (2006): Previous national policy for safeguarding vulnerable adults.  Please continue to refer to this until the supporting practice guidance is available for the new policy.

Note: Explanation of duty to have ‘due regard’ with respect to House of Bishops policy and practice guidance (issued February 2020)

National Church of England Safeguarding Practice Guidance

Diocese of Exeter Policy and Guidance

Guidance for all churches, parishes, mission communities and other Church of England bodies within the Diocese of Exeter

In October 2017 Diocesan Synod approved the Diocesan Safeguarding Policy Statement 2017.

This policy replaces the previous May 2014 policy.  While we await the revised national practice guidance to accompany the new 2017 policy from the House of Bishops, please refer to the existing practice guidance found here:

Diocesan Safeguarding Practice – Adults – May 2014 (August 2017)

Diocesan Safeguarding Practice – Children – May 2014 (August 2017)

Safeguarding and Data Protection: detailed guidance on how and why Safeguarding data is held and processed in the Diocese of Exeter in line with GDPR and the UK Data Protection Bill, including data retention periods.  In Summary:

  • Where it is possible and appropriate to obtain consent from an individual we should do so.
  • Where it is necessary to process data for the ‘Safeguarding of children and of individuals at risk’ it is in the ‘substantial public interest’ and we have a lawful basis for the processing of that data without consent of the data subject.
  • Where we have a ‘legitimate interest’ we can process data without requiring consent.

National Church Institutions Safeguarding Privacy Notice: This privacy notice explains what to expect when the NCIs collect your personal information.

Parish Toolkit for Safeguarding

Safer Recruitment

The role description templates below contain the key safeguarding responsibilities along with generic duties and responsibilities for the specific role outlined.  Please adapt the role descriptions to fit your local circumstances:

Domestic Abuse

Covid-19: Domestic Abuse Response and Resource Guidance

Domestic Abuse – Discreet Contact Posters

Please display the relevant poster for your locality on the back of toilet doors or other discreet locations where people can privately and safely take the number they need to get help.  Use scissors to cut vertical slits between the telephone numbers at the bottom to produce tear-off tabs that people can pull off and keep somewhere safe.

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