In response to the current emergency we have drafted some guidance to advice for parishes as to how they can safely develop support for vulnerable members of their communities.
Church is Changing - Safeguarding Guidance from the Diocese of Bristol (click to download)
Conntact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team here.
Access further safeguarding information and resources here.
14 April 2020:
Domestic Abuse and COVID-19 guidance from the National Safeguarding Team
30 March 2020:
Updated Guidance from the National Safeguarding Team
Guidance for dioceses and churches for the safe use of video-calling with young people
26 March 2020:
Guidance from the National Safeguarding Team
DBS Check revised guidance
Revised guidance regarding ID Checking for DBS checks has been issued by the disclosure and Barring Service.
Safer Recruitment and Safer Recruitment – Permission to Officiate remain in effect and despite the worrying situation with COVID-19, DBS renewal arrangements for clergy and church officers remain in effect and should be followed in all circumstances. New guidance issued Thursday 19 March 2020, from the Disclosure and Barring Service, providing clarity on viewing documents remotely, is here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/covid-19-changes-to-standard-and-enhanced-id-checking-guidelines