Guidance for Parish Safeguarding Representatives in the Diocese of Exeter
Parish Safeguarding Representatives are at the forefront of safeguarding in the Diocese of Exeter, working hand-in-hand with their clergy, the PCC and the Diocesan Safeguarding Team to make our churches safer and welcoming to all.
There are three main parts to the role which are advocacy, handling the reporting of concerns, and localising safeguarding policy and practice. A summary of the roles and responsibilities of a Parish Safeguarding Representative is available here.
The Diocesan Safeguarding Team aim to provide support and advice on all matters relating to safeguarding, including:
- guidance on policy and best practice;
- supporting attendance management where persons posing a risk are attending your church;
- facilitating safeguarding training;
- direction on Safer Recruitment;
- offering opportunities for safeguarding representatives to network, receive updates and share best practice.
The National Safeguarding Team have produced the Parish Safeguarding Handbook that pulls together the most relevant elements of the national practice guidance and policy documents in to one concise reference guide for parishes. As Parish Safeguarding Representative, you should ensure that you are familiar with this document and that all church officers in your parish are aware of where they can access a copy (either physically or electronically). [NB: Where the handbook refers to Parish Safeguarding Officers or PSOs, we refer to them as Parish Safeguarding Representatives or PSRs in the Diocese of Exeter.]
For the latest news and developments in Safeguarding in the Diocese of Exeter, please see the Safeguarding newsletter here.
If you haven’t yet undertaken a local audit of your Safeguarding provision we strongly recommend that you complete this Safeguarding Checklist to capture a snapshot of where your church is currently with Safeguarding.
To report concerns regarding an individual or to ask a question about safeguarding, please go to our Safeguarding Contacts page.
For the latest safeguarding policies and guidance, please go to our Safeguarding Resources page. Follow the ‘Parish Toolkit for Safeguarding’ link to access the resources that will assist you in the day to day activities of a Parish Safeguarding Rep.
For information on safeguarding training opportunities and how to book on to courses, please go to our Safeguarding Training page.
For information on employing Safer Recruitment in your parish, please go to our Safer Recruitment and DBS page.
If you need to report a serious concern about a child or young person and are unable to contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team and you are unsure on who to contact or how, please click on this link and follow the link to your local authority area: https://www.proceduresonline.com/swcpp.
These procedures manuals also contain useful information about specific types of abuse for safeguarding practitioners, so if you are looking for more detailed information on how abuse might manifest itself with a young person then the manual may provide some answers.