Diocese of York

  1. What is the purpose of a parish safeguarding policy?

    The policy exists for several reasons:

    1. To clearly state the commitment of the church to prioritise promoting the safety and well-being of children and vulnerable adults;
    2. To establish a clear framework for those entrusted with the care of children and vulnerable adults;
    3. To give confidence to parents and carers when they entrust those running activities and groups at the church; and
    4. To give confidence to those who act on behalf of the church when action needs to be taken.
  2. 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 (2016 reviewed) safeguarding policy, please email it as an attachment to safeguarding@yorkdiocese.org, or post it to:

    Dave Finan
    Diocesan House
    Amy Johnson Way
    Clifton Moor
    YO30 4XT

  3. 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.

  4. Is there a Church of England template for a parish safeguarding policy?

    The National Safeguarding Team is presently revising a template for a parish safeguarding policy which combines children and vulnerable adults into one policy. The team is taking a phased approach to consultation to facilitate this as a more meaningful exercise, spread over a number of months, with a view to the policy going to the House of Bishops in December 2016.

    As a result of this, a national standard parish safeguarding policy should be available for parishes to adopt at the beginning of 2017. However, it is important that all our churches have an up-to-date safeguarding policy to refer to during 2016, so for this reason, we have included interim template documents which can be adopted by your parish until the national template is available.

  5. Template for an Adult and Child Safeguarding Policy 2016

    The template for a parish safeguarding policy 2016, has been reproduced with kind permission from St Mary’s Strensall, who have worked to develop this template, in the absence of any national church of England parish safeguarding policy template (which is still under development at this time). This template should also be linked with the revised York Diocesan Safeguarding policy guidance document 2016.

    Confidential Form

    Logging a concern proforma

    Parental consent form

    Referee letter

    Reference proforma

    Safer Recruitment DBS Procedure - draft issue 5

    Strensall Policy

  6. Parish Policy Templates
  7. Diocesan Policy

    If you'd like to view the Diocesan guidance and policies, please use the links below:

    Diocesan Safeguarding Statement of Policy

    Photographs and Consent