- Safeguarding in Action (non-FAQ)
Safer Recruitment and DBS Checks
Following good practice for safer recruiting is extremely important when safeguarding the vulnerable in our diocese and our parishes. Disclosure certificates (formerly known as ‘CRB’) are an important element in safer recruiting. In June 2013, the Government made changes to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly CRB). Here is an at-a-glance guide to what these changes mean for people in the Diocese of York:
- A Disclosure and Barring Service Certificate is still needed for everyone in public ministry and for everyone whose church duties (paid or unpaid) mean they have regular contact with under-18s or people who are legally defined as vulnerable adults.
- Bishopthorpe Palace will remind Clergy and Readers when their Disclosures are due for renewal and will ask for the certificate to be sent to the office for checking.
- All other people who need a Disclosure for parish-based work should get a form and completion notes from either from their local Child Protection Officer or from Becci Richardson, the Disclosure and Barring Service Administrator at Bishopthorpe Palace. When they receive their certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), they should show it to their incumbent or parish Child Protection Representative.
- If the certificate has nothing (e.g. convictions, cautions or any other information) recorded, the incumbent or parish Child Protection Representative must contact the DBS administrator with the issue date and certificate number. The person’s appointment or continuation can then go forward.
- If however there is anything at all recorded, the certificate must be sent to Bishopthorpe Palace for independent assessment.
- The fact that something is recorded on the certificate does not automatically mean that the applicant will be considered unsuitable. However, a parish must not confirm someone in post whose certificate has anything recorded until the independent assessment has been made.
The Church of England’s Safer Recruitment Guidelines (which includes who needs to be DBS checked) is available by clicking here.
Please download the following documents for further guidance and information:
If you would like further information or advice about safer recruitment, please contact Becci Richardson who is the DBS administrator at Bishopthorpe Palace. Becci is available on 01904 707021 or by emailing Becci.Richardson@archbishopofyork.org.
Procedure for Handling Concerns and Allegations
Please find below the Diocesan Procedure for the Handling of Safeguarding Concerns, Incidents and Allegations, and documents to use if you need to log a concern about a child:
If you are a survivor of sexual abuse in a church context, and would like to talk to someone about this, there are a number of people you could approach.
If you want to speak to someone within the Diocese of York, you can speak to the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser on 07551 124951 or email@example.com.
If you want to inform the Statutory Authorities, you can speak to a Local Authority Designated Officer, and you can find their details through the Local Safeguarding Children Boards listed below.
If you would value support from people who have been through similar experiences, you can contact MACSAS, Minsters and Clergy Sexual Abuse Survivors. MACSAS is a support group for women and men from Christian backgrounds who have been sexually abused by Ministers or Clergy, as children or as adults. Please see their website at www.macsas.org.uk.
The following groups may also be of help:
Local and National Contacts
Local Safeguarding Children's Boards
Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) were established by the Children Act 2004. LSCBs are now the key system in every part of the country for organisations to come together to agree on how they will cooperate with one another to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. The purpose of this partnership is to hold each other to account and to ensure safeguarding children remains high on the agenda across their region.
Our LSCBs are:
National Safeguarding Contacts
Church of England Resources
National safeguarding resources from the Church of England, including House of Bishop's policy statements, safeguarding developments, and resources for parishes: www.churchofengland.org
The Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service
The Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service (CCPAS) is the only independent Christian safeguarding charity in the UK, which provides a 24 hour confidential helpline professional training and advice, news updates, support and resources, and other specialist safeguarding services: www.ccpas.co.uk
The Child Exploitation Online Protection (CEOP) website provides the latest information on the sites you like to visit, mobiles and new technology for children, parents and teachers: www.thinkuknow.co.uk
The NSPCC's Safe Network provides safeguarding information related to activities outside the home – from after school art clubs to weekend reading groups: www.safenetwork.org.uk
Stop it Now!
Stop it Now! works to prevent sexual abuse of children, and believes and acts on the principle that all adults are responsible for protecting the most vulnerable in society: www.stopitnow.org.uk
The NWG offer support and advice to those working with children and young people under eighteen who are affected by abuse through sexual exploitation. The network links professionals involved in creating the best response for children and young people and their families who have become subjected to child sexual exploitation: www.nwgnetwork.org
Further Forms and Resources
Please find below forms to download for safeguarding in your church. If you need help or support, contact the Safeguarding Adviser on 07551 124951 or firstname.lastname@example.org.