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Policy and Procedure

Information about your Parish Safeguarding Policy and how to implement it in your church.

Rob Marshall

Diocesan Safeguarding Officer

01904 699509 / 07914 668907

Sara Dickinson

Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Officer

01904 699524 / 07521 433801

Your Parish Safeguarding Policy

At the heart of any intention to safeguard children and vulnerable adults in church is a Parish Safeguarding Policy. Below is information about your parish safeguarding policy and how to implement it in your church.

A Parish Safeguarding 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
  • To give confidence to those who act on behalf of the church when action needs to be taken.

Your Parish 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.

Your Parish Safeguarding 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.

A signed copy of your reviewed Parish Safeguarding Policy should be sent annually to the Diocesan Safeguarding Team, as an email attachment to, or by post to:

Diocesan Safeguarding Team
Diocese of York
Amy Johnson Way
Clifton Moor
YO30 4XT