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.
- 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.
- Introducing our new Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser;
- 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
You may be aware that the National Archbishop’s Council has agreed that each Diocese should undertake a Safeguarding Audit during 2016 or 2017. We have been notified that the independent inspection of safeguarding in the Diocese of York, by the Social Care Institute for Excellence, will take place in June.
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.
We would suggest that the self-audit will be most effective if completed by representatives of the PCC, the incumbent and the Parish Safeguarding Representative 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:
If you’d like us to print a copy and send it to you to fill in, please let me know.
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.
Facebook Forum for Parish Safeguarding Representatives
In January and February this year, our Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser held four 'Safeguarding Surgeries' to give PSRs and other interested parties the opportunity to understand what is happening in the Diocese or York and across the Church of England with regard to safeguarding.
Feedback from these sessions showed us that a useful resource for Parish Safeguarding Representatives would be a forum to share information about good practice, safeguarding training, ask questions and share experiences.
Following this, we have started a Facebook Forum for PSRs in the Diocese of York. The Facebook Forum is not compulsory, so don't worry if you are not on Facebook, but it may be a useful resource for those who are.
Please feel free to join our Parish Safeguarding Representative Facebook Forum by clicking here.
Please note, this group is absolutely not for disclosing confidential safeguarding information. If you, or anybody else in your parish, has a concern about safeguarding, please contact the DSA immediately. Nothing posted on this group is under a confidentiality agreement.
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:
- Dave Finan, 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. To visit it, please click here.