Update: Coronavirus-specific content
Volunteering in Coronavirus times: Safeguarding guidelines
Fact sheet for parishes providing volunteers for the collection and delivery of hot food to people in the community, in partnership with the Long Table
Virtual meetings in Coronavirus times: Safeguarding guidelines
Supporting Victims and Survivors of abuse
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).
- 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:
- Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Support Service (GDASS)
- Gloucestershire Sexual Assault Referral Centre
- Hollie Gazzard Trust
- Gloucestershire Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre
- National Domestic Violence Helpline
- Domestic abuse organisations – via the gov.uk website
Guidance and Policies for parishes
The National Safeguarding Team has published templates and resources, policies and guidance and a Parish Safeguarding Handbook which provides both at-a-glance and detailed information to help parishes promote a safer church.
In the new national Parish Safeguarding Handbook you will find a range of advice and guidance.
What parishes need to do:
- Make sure that your PCC has a adopted the House of Bishop’s Safeguarding Policy: ‘Promoting a Safer Church’
- Print off an A3 poster for your parish notice board: Poster
- Adopt the House of Bishop’s safeguarding policy (this is for adults and children). Ensure that safeguarding arrangements are clearly visible on the front page of the parish website. Model Parish Safeguarding Policy
- Make sure you have a parish nominated person for safeguarding.
- Check that safeguarding is on your regular PCC agenda
- Make sure there is a safeguarding report within your APCM paperwork.
- Complete the annual diocesan safeguarding checklist (we send this out in June each year).
In the Handbook you will find further details for:
- Safer recruitment, support and training – Section 5
For Diocesan templates and resources on safer recruitment, click here
- How to respond to concerns – Section 7
- What to display in your church(es) – Section 1: Display
- Information for hiring out your church premises – Section 1: Hire Out Church Premises
- What happens in a clergy vacancy with safeguarding issues – Section 1: During a Clergy Vacancy
- What happens if you are an LEP for safeguarding – Section 1: Working in an LEP
- What can a parish expect from the Diocese – Section 2
- Social media and safeguarding – Sections 12
- And lots of other advice, information and guidance
The diocese is ordering a number of handbooks so that every parish can have a hard copy, but its important to remember that this is an online resource and so there are lots of links to templates and resources as you work through the handbook!
thirtyone:eight (CCPAS) provide a range of free downloads covering relevant topics and practical advice.
The diocese has further information on good practice, training opportunities etc so do please visit our other website pages here:
- Diocese of Gloucester Safeguarding Risk Assessment Template
- Training record template for parishes
- Church of England Activity Risk Assessment Template
- Social Media Safeguarding
- Diocese safeguarding pocket guide
- Types of Abuse Fact Sheet
- Supporting people who have been or are experienced abuse
- Advice and guidance on the Diocese of Gloucester’s policy for working with adults who may be at risk
- Prayer Ministry factsheet
- Guidelines for Healing Ministry
- Responding to victims and survivors – Resource to discuss at your PCC