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Safeguarding

Here in the Diss Team Ministry we take safeguarding very seriously.

We believe that every human being is made in the image of God. It follows that we should honour everyone regardless of their age, capabilities, gender or ethnicity.

Protecting the vulnerable, whether adults or children, is a responsibility carried by all in Christian ministry; we cannot be satisfied until we are sure we have done all in our power to protect them from harm. Our churches must be a safe haven.

So there are things that we all need to do.

There are a number important documents we all need to read. These are the diocesan guidelines, called Safe Haven, on how we are all involved in protecting and making our church safe and our own policies (one for children and one for adults). These are available under "Further Reading" on the left hand side.

We need to display our policies for children and vulnerable adults in our churches and in all buildings where these people may be so we can all read the policies and know what we are expected to do.

The PCC of each church is responsible for making certain that every volunteer and employee in their church has been checked and is  safe to work with vulnerable adults and children. Can you imagine how awful it would be if someone sneaked through and harmed one of our people because we hadn't checked them properly? So we have to follow the Safer Recruitment Policy (see "Further Reading")  to ensure that this never happens.

These checks involve all of our volunteers completing a Confidential Declaration Form, because in church and  in church halls we do come into contact with vulnerable adults. A copy of this form is available under "Forms" on the left hand side. Some people may be asked to obtain a criminal records check from the Disclosure and  Debarring Service - a DBS check. This will be carried out by  the named person for safeguarding

Yes, we have two named persons who on behalf of the PCCs, are responsible for putting all these policies and guidance into practice. Our named persons are:

For children and young people: Angie Gardner
For vulnerable adults: Gill Partridge

It is their responsibility, not only to get the right people to complete the right forms, but also to ensure that all of us are up to date with our training. Please review the chart below which shows which level of training you need.

C0 C1 C2 C3 C4
Recommended for anyone who needs a basic level of awareness Of safeguarding. Required for anyone Who has safeguarding responsibilities or Who have contact with children, young people and/or adults Who may be vulnerable. Required for aryone who has safeguarding leadership responsibilities or responsibility for leading activities involving children, young people and/or adults who may be vulnerable. Required for those holding a license, commission, authorisation, permission to officiate from a Bishop — Ordained and Lay Required for senior staff who have who have key roles in safeguarding policy, strategy and practice
This may include but is not limited to:

Vergers,
Servers,
Welcomers,
Caretakers,
Refreshment helpers,
Shop Staff,
Sides persons,
PCC members,
Church wardens,
Bell ringers,
Choir members,
Music group members,
Employees Of the Diocesan Board of Education and Diocesan Board Of Finance
Including but not limited to:

Safeguarding officers (Parish/cathedral),
Safeguarding lead on PCC,
Church Wardens,
Readers in training,
Ordinands prior to placement,
Spiritual directors,
Pastoral visitors,
Bishops visitors,
Helpers at activities,
Servers,
Church administrative staff,
Members Of religious communities who are in active ministry and work with vulnerable groups (children Or adults).
Including but not limited to:

Safeguarding officers,
Lead on PCC,
Church wardens,
Youth and children's pastors,
Bishops Visitors,
Directors Of Music,
Bell Tower Captains,
Home Visitors,
Ordinands prior to leaving TEI,
Safeguarding Leads in religious communities,
Choir leaders
Including but not limited to:

all clergy holding a licence or licensed/authorised lay ministers and Readers.

For those holding permission to officiate. the Bishop granting permission should determine the level Of training in consultation With the DSA;

for those whose ministry will be active C3 is the required for those for whom Pto will rarely be used it may be more for C1 to be completed.
including:
Diocesan Area Suffragan,
Honorary Bishops,
Deans,
Residentiary Canons,
Archdeacons, Of Ministry,
Training,
Ordinands,
Bishop's Chaplain,
TEI principal. Vice principal and Safeguarding Lead,
Directors and Wardens of Readers,
the Diocesan Registrar,
Diocesan Secreta ry/chief Executive,
Director Of Communications/chief of Staff,
Director of Human Resources, Chair of Safeguarding Group,
Leaders of Religious Communities
and Safeguarding Leads.
This course is a pre-requisite for attendance at any other core module.. Completing C1 and C2 gives an equivalent level Of training to C3,
Refreshed every three years by a revised CO module Refreshed every three years by the C5 module Refreshed every three years by a revised C4 module

If you need course C0 or C1 you can now access this online by following this link: https://safeguardingtraining.cofeportal.org/

Lastly, you will see that there is a roles and responsibilities checklist (see "Forms") which all churches must work towards fullfilling. We are hoping that this document will be discussed at every PCC meeting in order to support the named person in carrying out the safeguarding policies.

There are other documents that are included here which you may need if you are involved in safer recruitment of work with children. For a complete list of documents please go to the Norwich Diocese safeguarding website:

https://www.dioceseofnorwich.org/training/safeguarding/guidance/

or for national policies see the Church of England safeguarding website

https://www.churchofengland.org/more/safeguarding