Role Description of a Parish Safeguarding Representative
The Parish Safeguarding Representative (PSR) is responsible for ensuring that the Diocesan policy in respect of safeguarding children and vulnerable adults is implemented within the parish or benefice and its congregation. They are the link between the parish and the Safeguarding Team at the Diocese.
The PSR should be a lay person who has a special interest in the care and welfare of children and vulnerable adults and an ability to liaise with and advise those who work directly with them. The PSR should have an understanding of safeguarding issues through Diocesan safeguarding training. The PSR is supported by the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, and the local Archdeacon.
The PSR should be responsible to the PCC and the parish incumbent, and these three units should work together to implement the Parish Safeguarding Policy, Procedures & Good Practice Guidelines. In some circumstances it may be necessary for the incumbent to be the PSR, but this is generally not desirable as the incumbent should be available in a supporting role when difficulties arise.
Quarterly Safeguarding E-Bulletin
To be kept up to date with safeguarding news, you can subscribe to our quarterly E-Bulletin by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Previous E-Bulletins are available to view using the links below:
- Updates for the new year.
[Safeguarding E-Bulletin #3 has been withdrawn since most of its content has been superseded]
- Overview of the training modules;
- Parish self-audit;
- Updates to our website;
- Guidance on risk assessments;
- What is a vulnerable adult?
- Our PSR Facebook Forum.
- What is safeguarding?
- Some safeguarding dos and don'ts;
- Data Protection Guidance.
As PSR, it is your responsibility to ensure you have up-to-date safeguarding training (C0 Awareness, C1 Foundation, C2 Leadership and a refresher every 3 years).
It is also your responsibility (together with your incumbent and PCC) to ensure that those in your parish have the relevant safeguarding training.
Parish Self-Audit 2016
The National Archbishop’s Council has agreed that each Diocese should undertake a Safeguarding Audit during 2016 or 2017. The independent inspection of safeguarding in the Diocese of York, by the Social Care Institute for Excellence, took place in June 2016.
The independent chair of the York Diocesan Strategic Safeguarding Group, Sue Proctor, has therefore asked that each parish/ benefice completes a self-audit. This will assist both our PCCs and those who are responsible for safeguarding at a diocesan level to better understand the status of safeguarding practice, and consequently consider additional advice and resources which would help to improve safeguarding procedure and response for everybody in the Diocese.
The self-audit will be most effective if completed by representatives of the PCC, the incumbent and the Parish Safeguarding Representative (PSR) together, in order for all parties to fully understand the work that needs to continue.
You can print the audit and complete it by hand, and post it to:
Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser
Ask if you’d like us to print a copy and send it to you to fill in.
You can also complete the audit online at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SG-ParishAudit-2016 and your answers will be submitted automatically.
Please send your completed audit by one of the above means as soon as possible. If you have trouble completing the audit, please do let us know.
I need support - who can I contact?
If you need support, advice, answers to any questions on any matter to do with safeguarding, please get in contact with us.
Safeguarding does not have to be a lonely place, and you are part of a wider team within the Diocese of York.
You are supported in your role by:
- Julie O'Hara, our Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser
- Becci Richardson, DBS Administrator
- Andy Broom, Archdeacon of the East Riding
- Sam Rushton, Archdeacon of Cleveland
- Sarah Bullock, Archdeacon of York
You can also contact local safeguarding boards for help, and national support networks.
All of these contact details are available on our Contact Safeguarding page.