Our Safeguarding Strategy
We will do all we can to ensure that our worshipping communities offer the safest places for children and vulnerable people.
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Some brilliant organisations:
We will do all we can to ensure that our worshipping communities offer the safest places for children and vulnerable people. Our office is based in Gloucester.
Head of HR and Safeguarding
Judith oversees our human resources and safeguarding strategies and plans.
01452 835516 / 07944 680320
Working Wednesday – Friday, Becca encourages and supports benefices and parishes; growing their confidence in safeguarding and supporting casework.
01452 410022 ext 260
Kate works weekdays except Weds, from 9.30am to 2.30pm. She administers our processes including DBS, and our five year rolling recheck process. Please email Kate to organise bookings for training events.
Contacts for local authorities
First of all a big welcome to Brett Riches who is joining us at the end of April as our new part time Diocesan Safeguarding Officer to work alongside Becca. We will be sending him and out about to meet folk over the coming months, but Brett will be working Monday and Tuesdays. Both he and Becca will be working together each Wednesday as these are our designated training days. And then Becca will continue to work Thursdays and Fridays. Brett doesn’t have an email address here yet but we’ll let you know when he does.
Becky Smith will remain your point of contact for all safeguarding training enquiries and bookings (we have over 40 training sessions being offered across the year and there will be more to follow in the Autumn that will include Safer Recruitment, and Domestic Abuse and Violence). Becky can be contacted on email@example.com Do check out our website for dates of the training. We liaise directly with clergy and Readers, but please do continue to encourage PCC members to book on. PCC members and Safeguarding Checks fact sheet
Guidance and Policies
If you have information about a safeguarding situation where a child or adult is in immediate danger or requires immediate medical attention call the emergency services on 999. Do not delay.We understand reporting abuse may be very difficult and distressing to you and it may add to your hurt by our not being able to immediately assist you. Therefore here are the contact details of other agencies that are available to assist either on a 24 hour basis or through specialist helplines and services.
NSPCC Child Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are worried about a child.
Child-line: 0800 1111 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are child or young person and are worried about anything.
National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse.
Samaritans Helpline: 08457 90 90 90 (open 24 hours). Phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to.
Action on Elder Abuse Helpline: 080 8808 8141 (free phone Monday to Friday 9-5pm)
Our local churches have people who have a safeguarding role – so do look our for their details on church noticeboards.
Gloucestershire has some key services that may be able to support:
Fact sheet for Holiday clubs – advice and guidance for setting up holiday clubs
From the National Church:
Protecting all God’s Children
Risk assessment for individuals who may pose risk to children or adults
Pokemon Go ~ ensure you keep children safe when playing it.
We believe every childhood is worth fighting for.
From the National Church:
Practice guidance: Risk assessment for individuals who may pose risk to children or adults
If you have a complaint or concern about how we have dealth with a safeguarding issue, please write to the Independent Chair of the Diocesan Safeguarding Board, Margaret Styles at:
National Safeguarding Team Newsletter – Spring 2015
National Safeguarding Team Newsletter – Spring 2015 (supplement)
National Safeguarding Team Newsletter- Summer 2015
National Safeguarding Team Newsletter – Autumn 20152016 Diocesan Newsletters
Safeguarding News Autumnn 2016
Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children’s Board Roadshow
Supporting parents with mental ill health
Safeguarding News Summer 2016
Safeguarding News Spring 2016
Safeguarding News Winter 2016
If you would like further information about how to keep people in your area safe from fire, please have a look on Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service.
You can also find information about booking a fire engine to your local summer fete.