Diocese of Exeter Safeguarding Policy and Guidance
Guidance for all churches, parishes, mission communities and other Church of England bodies within the Diocese of Exeter
Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse:
Diocesan Safeguarding and Domestic Abuse Policy Statements:
In March 2021 Diocesan Synod approved the Diocesan Safeguarding Policy Statement 2021. The Diocesan policy statement is revised in line with the national Church of England policy, which is typically renewed every three years, but is reviewed regularly in the interim by the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Panel.
Diocesan Domestic Abuse Policy Statement 2021: foreword by the Bishop of Exeter and theological statement.
- Flowchart: Responding to concerns about a child or adult at risk: a simple flowchart summarising the initial actions to be taken when you are in possession of information regarding a safeguarding situation.
- What happens when an offender wants to worship at your church: guidance on how to respond if you become aware of an offender (or someone else who poses a risk) who is worshiping or wants to worship in your church.
- Safeguarding complaints policy and procedure EDBF: guidance on how to make a formal complaint about the Safeguarding service provided by the Diocese of Exeter.
- 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.
- Confidentiality – Information Sharing Guidance for Clergy and Parishes: guidance on how safeguarding information should be handled.
- National Church Institutions Safeguarding Privacy Notice: This privacy notice explains what to expect when the NCIs collect your personal information.
Seeking to Raise a Concern or Make a Complaint About Your Experience of the Safeguarding Service Provision in the Diocese of Exeter?
If you have a concern over the service being provided by the Diocese of Exeter with regard to Safeguarding, we are open to feedback and would encourage you to phone 01392 345909 or email the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, Charlie Pitman, to discuss your concerns.
Should your concerns remain unresolved we would direct you to our Safeguarding Complaints Policy and Procedure to guide you in how to raise a formal complaint.
SCIE Audit 2017/18
SCIE Audit – Diocese of Exeter Summary: This summary explains the SCIE audit that took place in November 2017 in the Diocese of Exeter.
SCIE Report: The Social Care Institute for Excellence’s final report on the Diocese of Exeter’s audit, published in February 2018.
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