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Basic Awareness & Foundation

New Safeguarding Training dates:  Leadership
The Church of England’s National Safeguarding Team has now prepared material for virtual delivery.   This is the Leadership course, and is for clergy, Chaplains, Lay Ministers, Readers, churchwardens, parish safeguarding officers, and may include those who are in paid employment or a voluntary role which involves substantial leadership of work with children, young people or vulnerable adults, and Ministry Interns.  For more information and how to book please  click here

The Diocese of Durham takes the safeguarding of children, young people and adults very seriously..

Safeguarding means the action the Church takes to promote a safer culture. This means we will promote the welfare of children, young people and adults We work to prevent abuse from occurring, seek to protect those that are at risk of being abused and respond well to those that have been abused. We will take care to identify where a person may present a risk to others, and offer support to them whilst taking steps to mitigate such risks.

Reporting Concerns

If you are concerned that a child or vulnerable adult has been harmed or is at risk of harm, do not hesitate to contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser for advice and support. If you wish to report an allegation of abuse from the past, or in the present, please do not hesitate to contact us. Your information will be treated appropriately and kept confidential.

Beth Miller – (Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser)

Address: Cuthbert House, Stonebridge, Durham DH1 3RY

Email: [email protected] | [email protected]

Mobile: 07968034075

If you are unable to speak to the Safeguarding Adviser and a child, young person or adult is at immediate risk of harm please call 999.

Complaints about how a safeguarding matter has been dealt with:


If you are not happy about how a safeguarding matter has been dealt with and you cannot resolve the issue or concern with the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser you should, in the first instance, contact the Independent Chair of the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Group;

Mark Gurney – (Independent Chair of Safeguarding Advisory Panel)

Address: Cuthbert House, Stonebridge, Durham DH1 3RY

You may also report any concern using the Diocese’s “Whistleblowing” policy here.

Please see below four tabs which when you click on the one you require will provide you with all the information you need to implement good safeguarding practice in your parish.

Please find below the main policies for implementation within your parish.  To access the documents click on the name of the document you wish to access and this will take you to the full document which is on the Church of England website.

  1. Diocesan Safeguarding Policy 
    This document completely replaces Safe and Secure. Please make sure you delete Safe and Secure, and use this document now.   The policy will be reviewed annually and you can always ensure you are using the most up to date version by checking the front cover, which will indicate the year and version:  this document states Version 2021.1 .; if it is revised during the year, the new document will be Version 2021.2, etc.  The most up to date version will always be on the website.
    Click here for Model Parish Safeguarding Policy
    Click Here for Introduction to the Diocesan Safeguarding Policy 2018
  2. Parish Handbook. 
    This document supports and supplements the Diocesan Policy and is a resource to enable you, as a parish, to ensure you have in place all you need to, to make your church as safe as possible. The Handbook is helpful working tool, and does not need formal adoption by the PCC.The handbook comes with a variety of proformas for your use to make it as easy as possible to have the correct paperwork in place. All the proformas are in word format for ease of use and can be found here.
  3. Promoting a Safer Church; House of Bishops policy statement (2017)
    Please see page 24 of the above document for information on putting the policy into  practice.  In order to formulate an action plan please complete the Parish Checklist which can be found in the tab entitled Supporting Documents click here.   Completion of this document will enable you to form a parish action plan.  The link at the end of page 24 will take you to the full set of National Polices and Practice Guidance
  4. Safer Recruitment Practice Guidance (2016)
    The appendices referred to in this document can be found in word format for parish use in the tab entitled Supporting Documents click here.
  5. Responding well to domestic abuse practice guidance (2017)
    Please see Appendix 5 in Supporting Documents Tab, click here for an example of a Parish Statement on Domestic Abuse.  Also in this section you will find a document entitled What you need to do in Parish, for information on how to implement this policy at a local level.
  6. Key roles and responsibilities of church office holders and bodies practice guidance (2017)

Training

Foundation

Safeguarding Leadership (replacing C2 and C3)

The Safeguarding Leadership Pathway is about leadership and cultural change, and those people who participate should be those who play a lead role in shaping the culture of the Church body concerned.

 This includes clergy, Chaplains, Lay Ministers, Readers, Parish Safeguarding Officers and Churchwardens, and may include those who are in paid employment or a voluntary role which involves substantial leadership work with children, young people or vulnerable adults, and Ministry Interns

It does not now include Sunday School leaders, lay persons appointed to exercise pastoral leadership within a local church, directors of music, home visitors, house group leaders, home visitors, or support and link persons working alongside clergy in a wellbeing/support structure.  All these people must do the Basic (formerly C0) and Foundation (formerly C1) pathways which are online courses that can be completed by an individual in their own time.

If you are not sure whether someone needs to complete the new Leadership Pathway please contact Beth Miller ([email protected]) or Sheila Bamber ([email protected])

For those who need to do the Leadership Pathway for the first time, or who need to renew their C2 training AND are included in the list above, we are continuing to deliver this training virtually.  Each course includes two 90 minute Zoom sessions with preparation and follow up tasks.

To take part in the training you will need access to the internet,   a computer, phone or tablet that includes a microphone and camera, and a space where you can work uninterrupted for the sessions.

One of the limitations of this method of delivery is the limited option for individual pastoral conversations. Sessions will be limited to a maximum of 12 participants, and two trainers will be present at each session to help us respond to individuals.  We will use the chat functions provided within Zoom and provide mobile numbers for text and voice messaging to address any pastoral issues in the best way we possibly can.

We do understand that this training covers sensitive material; also that for some using interactive technology is a challenge.    If you feel that for either technical or pastoral reasons it would not be possible or beneficial for you to complete your training virtually please contact Beth Miller [email protected] or Sheila Bamber [email protected] and we will discuss alternative arrangements with you.

To book please contact Sheila Bamber ([email protected]).  Please include your parish and role, and dates of your previous C0, C1 or C2 training.

Dates for October – December (please note that you required to attend BOTH sessions listed for the course)

64

VCSL Leadership

 

Tues am

(10.30-12)

5 Oct 12 Oct
67

VCSL Leadership

 

Thurs pm

(2-3.30)

14 Oct 21 Oct
68

VCSL Leadership

 

Sat am

(10.30-12)

16 Oct 23 Oct
70

VCSL Leadership

 

Mon am

(10.30-12)

1 Nov 8 Nov
71 VCSL Leadership

Weds eve

(7-8.30)

10 Nov 17 Nov
72

VCSL Leadership

 

Tues eve

(7-8.30)

30 Nov 7 Dec
73 VCSL Leadership

Thurs pm

(2-3.30)

2 Dec 9 Dec

Please follow this link to access all the National Church of England Policy and Practice Guidance in relation to safeguarding.