Safeguarding Policies and Procedures

Safeguarding Standards

The Church of England has published a set of National Safeguarding Standards, an essential benchmark to understand the quality and the impact of its safeguarding activity at a local and national level. The Standards will enable Church bodies to identify both their strengths and areas for development, which will in turn inform their strategic planning in respect of safeguarding.

Basic safeguarding information

What is Safeguarding?  A short summary of what safeguarding is and why it is important.

Safeguarding Referrals and Accessing Advice  More information about who to contact and in what circumstances.

Safeguarding Complaints Policy and Procedure

Essential Parish Safeguarding Guidance

The following three Church of England policy and guidance documents have been approved by the House of Bishops and must, where relevant, be followed by all Church Bodies and Church Officers.

Parish Safeguarding Handbook

Safer Environment and Activities

Code of Safer Working Practice

Parish Template Policies

TEMPLATE – Parish Safeguarding Policy 

TEMPLATE – Parish Domestic Abuse Statement 

TEMPLATE – Parish Policy on the Recruitment of Ex-Offenders 

TEMPLATE – Parish Policy Statement and Code of Conduct 

TEMPLATE – Safeguarding report for the APCM meeting 

The Church of England also provide template policies and documents on their safeguarding pages. These include The Parish Handbook and Promoting a Safer Church Posters

Diocese of Bristol policies and procedures

Diocesan Safeguarding Policy 

Domestic Abuse Policy 

Allegations Management Policy 

Ministering to those that may present a risk

National Church of England Policies

The e-manual contains the House of Bishops’ Safeguarding Guidance and Safeguarding Code of Practice. Each specific piece of Guidance / Code comprises a Chapter of the e-manual. It is available on the Church of England website here.

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