All clergy and volunteers in the Benefice who are involved with children or vulnerable adults, comply with the Church of England Safeguarding Policy, which is overseen by the Diocesan Safeguarding Team and Advisers.

The Benefice Safeguarding Team

Contact any of the Safeguarding Team by telephoning the Benefice Office 01227 786109, emailing the Benefice Office below, or using the Contact Form.  Alternatively telephone one of the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers.

Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers

The Safeguarding Advisers are qualified and experienced social care practitioners who can provide advice and guidance in the diocese on child and adult protection. They can offer advice, discuss any protection matters and clarify anything in the Diocesan Guidelines. They are always ready to work with you to plan a detailed response to any protection issue and consider all aspects of your particular situation. Please do not hesitate to contact them.  They are always very ready to help.

Diocesan Safeguarding Officer Elaine Rose

Elaine Rose

01233 720930 / 07831 860218

Diocesan Safeguarding Officer Paul Brightwell

Paul Brightwell

01732 384734 / 07398 009951

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

A Disclosure contains information about a person held by police and government departments.  It can be used by employers and voluntary organisations to make safer recruitment decisions.  Disclosures are provided by the DBS, which is an executive agency of the Home Office.  By providing access to criminal records information, the DBS helps organisations to identify applicants who may be unsuitable for certain work, especially work involving contact with children or other vulnerable members of society.

In this Benefice, the two PCCs and the Rector are responsible for ensuring that all those authorised to work with children, young people and the vulnerable are appropriately appointed, trained and supported.  They obtain a Disclosure, where appropriate, as part of the recruitment process. They recognise that failure to do this could put children or vulnerable adults at risk and could compromise either of the Parishes’ insurance cover and damage the reputation of the wider church.

In this Benefice, Disclosures are obtained for people applying to work with children and vulnerable adults, either in a paid capacity or as volunteers.  In deciding about the need for a Disclosure, the PCCs and Rector consider the nature and extent of the contact with children and the vulnerable which the position involves.

The Diocese of Canterbury, and therefore this Benefice, only applies for Enhanced Disclosures.

Safeguarding Training

The website we use is

Safeguarding Basic Awareness (C0)

Suitable for all individuals within our Church communities who need to have a basic awareness of safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

Through completing this course, you will be:

Safeguarding Foundations (C1)

Suitable for all individuals within our Church communities who hold positions of responsibility for the safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

Through completing this course, you will be:

Courses that are booked through the Diocesan website are:

Safeguarding Leadership (C2)

The Safeguarding Foundation Module C2 training is specifically aimed at Leaders of children’s and adult activities, Churchwardens, PCC Safeguarding leads, Director of Music, Bell Tower Captains, Organist, Choir leader, home visitors and safeguarding coordinators.  Participants will benefit if they complete the e-learning module C1 before attending C2.

Safeguarding Training (C3)

This is the new, national safeguarding requirement for clergy.  It is for Readers, Licenced Lay Ministers and those who hold the Bishop's Permission to Officiate.   Clergy taking up new posts in the Diocese receive an invitation to a relevant session on arrival.

The module is compliant with the National Church Safeguarding framework.  On completion of this module they are required to undertake a refresher within 3 years.