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Safeguarding People


July 2013 - Issue 17

In this edition:

  • Meet Steve Short
  • The new Disclosure and Barring Service single certificate
  • Safeguarding training
  • Could you be a voluntary trainer?
  • Self audit tool
  • The safeguarding context

June 2012 - Issue 14

In this edition:

  • Safeguarding Children Online
  • Authorised Listeners
  • Coming soon ... the parish self audit tool
  • The new training programme
  • When did you last look at the website?
  • Do we hold details for your Parish Safeguarding Officer?
  • CRB changes
  • The PSO Agony Aunt...

January 2012 - Issue 13

In this edition:

  • How do you keep safeguarding on your agenda? – will you help with a pilot?
  • Training for ‘front line’ workers
  • The new role of Authorised Listener
  • Agreements for worship with offenders against children or vulnerable adults
  • Changes to 'A Safe Church'
  • Out of hours cover for urgent safeguarding matters

July 2011 - Issue 12

Safeguarding newsletter July 11 imageIn this edition:

  • Safeguarding training programme from September 2011 attached – new courses!
  • Tips for holiday playschemes
  • Could you be a voluntary diocesan trainer?

April 2011 - Issue 11

safeguarding april 2011A Safe Church - Have you updated your copies?
Parish Safeguarding Officers, these were sent to one of you in early December.  If you still have them lurking in your filing tray, please update your copies now (before the parish visitation). 

Have you implemented the changes?
To help you to implement the changes, you’ll find in this newsletter an excellent crib sheet devised by Janet Irwin, Parish Safeguarding Officer at St Nicholas Church, Tooting.  You need to apply the changes to your local situation, and present them to your PCC for review and adoption.

You can find the most up to date version of A Safe Church here.

Also in this edition:

  • Diocesan training opportunities and tools for local training
  • Safer Recruitment practice – roles requiring CRB, the ‘Freedom Bill’, increases in fees, completing the CRB form

December 2010 - Issue 10

Jill SandhamIt’s good to be back..... and my thanks to Kate Wood who covered the DSA post so professionally during the summer months.  Happily, due to the current volume of work, Kate is continuing to work one day per week until the end of the year, at which point we will be reviewing our resourcing.

Communicating with PSOs - In addition to these quarterly newsletters, I am experimenting with occasional e-mails when there is something in particular to communicate – for instance, a training course of interest which you may not have spotted.  In November, one such e-mail turned an undersubscribed course, in danger of being cancelled, to one which is now oversubscribed and with a waiting list! 

This suggests that a key and effective role of the PSO is to ensure that safeguarding information is communicated to those with different roles in your church.  This is why we are sending all copies of the updates of A Safe Church for your parish to you, confident that you will be able to track down all of your copies and make the replacements.

July 2010 - Issue 9

Introducing the Safeguarding Support Officer
Margaret ThompsonMargaret Thompson joined us at Trinity House in the middle of May for 7 hours per week.  She is available to respond to your routine phone and email queries about implementation of the policies, procedures and guidelines in  A Safe Church.  She may also assist with some Parish Safeguarding Officer training, if time permits.

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser – extended leave

The Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser will be on leave from Monday 5th July to Monday 18th October 2010. 

ISA registration – STOP PRESS!
You will have heard that the Home Secretary, has announced that registration with the Independent Safeguarding Authority, due to have started in July 2010, has been put on hold for a review. 

March 2010 - Issue 8

Please read this edition carefully and promptly, as it contains important and urgent information

December 2009 - Issue 7

Christmas safeguarding sparkles
The Rocking Song
Little Jesus, sweetly sleep, do not stir;
We will lend a coat of fur,
 We will rock you, rock you, rock you ......
Only persons who have been subject to a Criminal Records Bureau check and have enhanced clearance will be permitted to rock baby Jesus.

Jingle Bells
Dashing through the snow
In a one horse open sleigh
O'er the fields we go
Laughing all the way .....           
A risk assessment must be submitted before an open sleigh is considered safe for members of the public to travel on.

While shepherds watched their flocks by night
All seated on the ground
The angel of the Lord came down
And glory shone around .....
The angel of the Lord is reminded that before shining his / her glory all around she / he must ascertain that all shepherds have been issued with glasses capable of filtering out the harmful effects of UVA, UVB and Glory.

Away in a Manger no crib for a bed ......
Referral to Social Services???

September 2009 - Issue 6

A Safe Church - Implementation
A reminder that if you haven’t yet presented the new diocesan policies, procedures and guidelines to your PCC, there is a PowerPoint presentation available to initiate discussion, downloadable from:

Extension for adoption
The deadline for PCCs to adopt the policies has been extended to the end of December 2009.  This is due to a number of training events for clergy having to be postponed from June to September.  It is helpful for clergy to have done the day’s training before the PCC discussion.

June 2009 - Issue 5

A Safe Church
I hope that you have all now received your copies.  You should have one for the incumbent/priest in charge of each church, and one for Parish Safeguarding Officers.  One of these copies should be lodged and freely accessible in each church. The CD inside the front cover can be shared as widely as you wish within the congregation, and the manual is downloadable in sections from the diocesan website (see link below). 
If you would like to purchase further copies, there are a limited number for sale, at a cost of £20 plus £5 postage and package per manual; please email me if you wish to order copies.

September 2008 - Issue 4

I am delighted by the response from parishes to my various pleas for voluntary assistance. We have appointed Judy Wright, who is the Child Protection Officer for the Richmond Team Ministry, as the first chair of the new Safeguarding Reference Group. Judy is a retired social work manager with a wealth of experience in the safeguarding field. In addition, eight new voluntary trainers will be working with me in offering training to parishes and clergy. They all have experience of training and safeguarding in their professional lives - which include social work, police, health visiting, youth work, clinical psychology and ordained ministry. In due course, some of them will be available to deliver training more locally than we are currently able to offer.

April 2008 - Issue 3

In my second three months as Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, I have noticed a steady and increasing stream of queries from parishes. In comparison with my first three months, enquiries about policy implementation have increased from 14 to 41, and enquiries about concerns relating to safeguarding children have increased from 4 to 26. I am confident that this is not because of a sudden surge of concerns, but more because the message of accessibility of advice is getting through, and we are moving towards a consistent approach to safeguarding. Keep the enquiries coming!

January 2008 - Issue 2

Welcome to the second edition of Safeguarding Children - and thank you to those who responded to September's with positive feedback, and good ideas which I shall act on. Steve Gendall, Child Protection Representative at St Peter and St Paul, Lingfield, suggested a question and answer slot, and helpfully supplied the first question - so see this new slot, and please do send me more queries which you think may be of interest to others too. No-one commented on the desired frequency - so I will produce this quarterly, and review at the end of the year. I'm very keen to use every opportunity to promote positive images of safeguarding children in our publicity. 'Googling' images for safeguarding children brings up a wide range, including the one to the right. Do e-mail me with any that you have found and like (but of course be careful only to use photos you have taken yourself with the permission of parents or carers, and without names attached, and beware copyright infringement). It's been a busy first few months, with plenty of new developments, which I've included in this edition, to keep you informed. So read on!

September 2007 - Issue 1

I've been in post as the new full time Diocesan Safeguarding and Child Protection Adviser for just three weeks, and I'm looking forward to working with parish clergy and child protection representatives across the diocese. I shall be co-ordinating the Child Protection Diocesan team of the three Area advisers, Tim Bryan, Ian Luke-Macauley and Roger Jones, and we work closely with Linda Craven, the Diocesan Criminal Records Bureau Administrator, whom many of you will know. On this side of the sheet you will find an explanation of what we offer and how to contact us; overleaf is a range of information. I plan to send out regular bulletins, but at this stage I am asking you what you would find helpful by way of support - please respond to the questions at the foot overleaf if you have views!