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
- The Rector, Rev Jo Richards
- Jenny Brooks: St Dunstan's
- John Morrison: St Peter's and St Mildred's.
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.
01233 720930 / 07831 860218
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.
The website we use is https://safeguardingtraining.cofeportal.org/.
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:
- Able to describe the scope of safeguarding children and adults in the church context
- Able to recognise safeguarding concerns
- Aware of how to respond well to safeguarding information, including who to inform
- Aware of when to make a record, what to include and the boundaries of confidentiality.
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:
- Aware of legislation, policy and practice guidance for Safeguarding
- Able to describe your own role and responsibilities
- Aware of how to respond to safeguarding information, who to inform, how to refer and the boundaries of confidentiality
- Able to work safely in your role
- Able to explain why safeguarding matters.
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.