What is the purpose of a parish safeguarding policy?
The policy exists for several reasons:
- To state clearly the commitment of the church to prioritise promoting the safety and well-being of children and vulnerable adults;
- To establish a clear framework for those entrusted with the care of children and vulnerable adults;
- To give confidence to parents and carers when they entrust those running activities and groups at the church; and
- To give confidence to those who act on behalf of the church when action needs to be taken.
Where should the policy be available?
The safeguarding policy should be displayed in every place where activities involving children and/ or vulnerable adults could take place, such as within the church and on church hall noticeboards. The safeguarding policy should be reviewed, signed and dated annually, and the copy on display should be updated following every review.
The safeguarding policy should also be available from the Diocese of York’s safeguarding team. A reviewed and signed copy should be sent to the Diocese annually.
To send us a copy of your (annually reviewed) safeguarding policy, please email it as an attachment to email@example.com, or post it to:
Diocesan Safeguarding Officer
Diocese of York
Amy Johnson Way
When should parishes refer to their policy?
The policy should be consulted every time a new activity which could involve children and/ or vulnerable people is planned. The policy should be consulted when recruiting leaders and helpers, and for guidance when taking photographs and using social media.
Parish Policy Templates
Here are templates introduced in 2016 for you to use to update your parish safeguarding policy, pending introduction of a national Church of England template during 2017.
Please click on the links below to download.
Here as an example of good practice is a policy developed and adopted by a parish in the Diocese of York:
Safeguarding Vulnerable People & Child Protection Policy