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.
- Safeguarding E-Bulletin
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 2018
The National Archbishops' Council has agreed that each Diocese should undertake a regular Safeguarding Audit.
The 2018 Parish Self-Audit will be available here later in the year.
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.