Last updated 25th January 2023
The Parish Safeguarding Dashboard Tool is a simple to use, online tool, that helps Parish Safeguarding Officers and incumbents (on behalf of the PCC) to keep track of safeguarding governance in your parish via mobile phone, tablet or computer. Over 5,000 parishes across 31 dioceses are already using the tool.
Authorised users answer a series of questions by clicking on the appropriate buttons.
Guidance and links to the relevant national policies and templates are provided for each of the questions.
Action plan notes can be added and tracked.
Completion of tasks are tracked using the simple traffic lights on the dashboard allowing quick identification of gaps that are still to be addressed.
The Parish Safeguarding Dashboard Tool has a dedicated website with more information, FAQs and tutorials: Safeguarding Dashboards
Thanks to some national funding we have rolled out the tool free-of-charge to parishes in Blackurn Diocese in two cohorts during the autumn of 2022. Parishes in receipt of the Lowest Income Community Fund (LICF) grant are in the first cohort and were invited to participate in September and all other parishes were invited in early October.
87% of parishes had signed up by 25th January 2023
58% of parishes had answered at least one question by 25th Janaury 2023
Use of the dashboards is currently voluntary in the Diocese of Blackburn - however we think that this tool is a must-have for all PCCs to utiliase as charity trustees to demonstrate good safeguarding governance.
The Blackburn Safeguarding Team and some PSOs particpated in a webinar during which there was a system demo and Q&A. You can view the video of the webinar here
A quote from a PSO who has been using the dashboard.
"I recently shared with our PCCs information about the new Diocesan Dashboard and how much it helped in my role as Safeguarding Co-ordinator. I have found it a great tool; very easy to use and navigate and I love the documents that email straight out of it."