The diocese takes safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults seriously and has developed a number of policies and training programmes for clergy and parishes (see below).
If you have a safeguarding concern about a child or adult you should contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team on:
01709 309151 – direct line
01709 309100 – Church House reception (if no response on the direct line)
07871 796682 – for ‘out of hours’ urgent safeguarding advice
The Safeguarding Team:
Sue Lamprell: 01709 309151 (Safeguarding & DBS Administrator)
Linda Langthorne: 01709 309149 (Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser)
Chris Herbert: 01709 309152 (Safeguarding Trainer)
In the event that you are unable to contact the DSA and you are concerned about the immediate safety of a child or adult, contact your local social care duty team or the police.
For enquiries about safeguarding training please contact the Safeguarding Administrator in the first instance at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please also note that in an emergency (particularly if somebody is in immediate danger of harm) you should call 999 and ask for the police.
Allegations against clergy or lay ministers
Please note: Any allegation against clergy or lay ministers holding the bishop’s licence should be referred to the Bishop via the relevant Archdeacon:
Venerable Steve Wilcockson (Doncaster): 07799 874572
Venerable Malcolm Chamberlain (Sheffield & Rotherham): 07740 198806
Safeguarding Parish Audit Action Plan
We would prefer if this document was completed electronically- but a hard copy has also been sent to each parish for information. To be completed and returned before 31st July 2016 return address: email@example.com
Safeguarding Children Policy Statement
As members of the Church of England we are concerned with the wholeness of each individual within God’s purpose for everyone. We seek to safeguard all members of the church community, of all ages. It is the responsibility of each one of us to protect children and young people from physical, emotional and sexual abuse, and from neglect.
Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Policy
As a diocese, we are committed to respectful pastoral ministry to all adults within our church community and are committed, within our church community, to the safeguarding and protection of vulnerable people.
Safeguarding Children in Bell Towers
The national safeguarding team have been working with Chris Mews , president of the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers, to update and replace the Appendix to Guidance Note No 3 “Child Protection in Bell Towers”. This only currently applies to children and we are keen moving forward to look to update the wider Council’s Guidance Note 3 “Child protection in Bell Towers” and incorporate adults at risk of abuse and neglect.
For clarity, the heading of column 4 on the table on page 1 (Any new checking) refers to new appointments and renewals of DBS certificates; these are initiated by the PCC and processed via the Diocesan procedures.
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
The Disclosure and Barring Service in the Diocese of Sheffield is now provided by CCPAS (Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service). This involves completing an online disclosure application form via a fully secure system. There are many benefits to using an external provider, including that results of DBS checks are received much quicker than with paper applications resulting in faster recruitment decisions. Visit the DBS page for further information.
Social media guidelines
The increasing use of social media over the last five years means that it can have an impact on the lives of users and others which can be both productive and harmful. Like all forms of communication its use can have positive benefits for users, whether organisations or individuals, but can be the means by which harm, both intentional and unintended, can be caused. Within the church the use of social media is increasing as a means of publicising activities, creating discussions, giving information, enabling communication between workers and those they serve, and providing a space in which people can communicate without the need for a physical or geographical connection. It is instant and content can be adapted very quickly. Once content is created it can be very hard to delete and there is always the potential for any message, document or image to “go viral” and be forwarded to many globally.
Other useful resources:
- 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)