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Last updated 29th July 2019

Overview

Safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults is the responsibility of everyone. It is central to our mission and ministry and is integral in the Diocesan Vision which asks us to consider how to make our church communities healthier.

These safeguarding pages guide all those in the Diocese of Blackburn on the part that they need to play to ensure the church is a safe environment where concerns are responded to and people can flourish.

By drawing in specialist support where needed and by working together in a transparent way, all those with safeguarding responsibility in parishes and the Diocese can help to create healthy Church communities which have a positive and transformative effect on our society.

All churches and faith communities are required to have in place arrangements which include:

  • Procedures to identify, respond to and report concerns
  • Codes of safer practice
  • Safer recruitment procedures

Our policies will govern the work undertaken with children, young people and vulnerable adults who attend church or take part in activities on church premises (or that are organised by the church) within the parish.

Liability insurance in relation to such issues may be invalidated if such policy is not in place and being implemented.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PARISHES

All parishes in The Church of England are now required to make their local safeguarding arrangements clearly accessible via the home page of their parish website by having an obvious link to further information, including contact details. 

For parishes using A Church Near You (ACNY) as their ONLY parish website (which is possible now due to recent changes in functionality on ACNY) the safeguarding contact link appears automatically. 

Parishes with their own separate website however must also make sure contact information is clearly available on the homepage as soon as possible, if it isn't there already. This is required, even if a parish also has a presence on ACNY. 

Suggested wording:

The parish of xxxxx is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and we have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer(s), PSO(s) xxxadd contact details herexxxx. The Diocese of Blackburn's safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contact details for the Diocesan Safeguarding Team (DST) who advise our PSOs. If you are concerned a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DST. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services.

For further guidance about this, alongside other parish obligations in relation to safeguarding, see the Parish Safeguarding Toolkit page here on the website and you can also email the safeguarding team for more information about this via sharon.hassall@blackburn.anglican.org, rachael.campion@blackburn.anglican.org or julie.grimshaw@blackburn.anglican.org