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Last updated 1st February 2023

Parish Safeguarding Officer Guidance

The Parish Safeguarding Checklist is a short summary of the what a parish needs to do to meet its safeguarding requirements. 

The documents below are templates the Diocese recommends and further resources from the National Safeguarding Team can be found at Church of England Safeguarding Resources

Safeguarding Children

Factsheet - Sexting (Youth Produced Sexual Imagery) Dec 2018
Guidance on Staffing Levels/Ratios Jun 2015
Guidance on Unaccompanied and Uncollected Children Jun 2015
Model Registration Form - Activities and Trips Dec 2018
Parental consent for children Mar 2018
Photograph/video consent form Mar 2018

Safeguarding Adults

Dementia Factsheet - Making Decisions and Handling Difficult Situations Jun 2018
Domestic Abuse Disclosure Flowchart Mar 2018
Guidance for Undertaking Activities in Your Own Home Jun 2015
Good Principles when Visiting Vulnerable Adults Nov 2017

Working with Young People online

Video Calling Jun 2020
Being connected with ZOOM safely Jun 2020

General Documents

Parish Safeguarding Audit 2020 Dec 2019
Parish Safeguarding Audit - Areas for Action Jul 2019
Parish Safeguarding Audit - Confidential Information Form Jul 2019
Sample Whistleblowing Policy Dec 2019
Safer Working Practice Nov 2019
Code of Safer Working Practice Nov 2019
A list of important telephone numbers Feb 2022
PCC Parish Safeguarding Checklist July 2019
Parish Safeguarding Handbook (August 2019) Dec 2019
Model Parish Safeguarding Policy Dec 2018
Safeguarding Records Retention Dec 2015
Model Parish Recording Template Dec 2018
Promoting a Safer Church Poster Dec 2018
Parish Who's Who Dec 2018
Engaging with Social Media


What to do when an offender wants to worship at your church  Dec 2017
First Aid Jun 2015

Model Agreement /Consent Forms

Hall Hire Agreement Jun 2015

Model Safeguarding Provision that can be attached to any Hire of Church Premises Agreement 

Dec 2018
Model Consent Form - Transport Dec 2018
Model Volunteer Driver Agreement Dec 2018

Risk Assessment Templates

Model Personal Risk Assessment Tool Dec 2018
Model Activity Risk Assessment Dec 2018
Model Risk Assessment Checklist for Home Visiting Dec 2018

Template policy on Recruitment of Ex-Offenders

Nov 2021

For guidance on Health and Safety policies for parishes, the following may be helpful:

 Ecclesiastical – Church Health and Safety


 Safer recruitment document templates can be found in the safer recruitment/dbs section of the safeguarding page