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Diocesan Policies & Procedures

For all the latest national policy and practice guidance approved by the House of Bishops, please visit www.churchofengland.org/more/safeguarding/policy-practice-guidance

A Safe Church

‘A Safe Church’ is a manual containing the Diocesan policies, procedures and guidelines for safeguarding children, safeguarding adults who may be vulnerable, and responding to domestic abuse. Significant amendments have been made in 2019, in addition to the changes made in 2018, in line with a number of new and revised policies from the House of Bishops and the National Safeguarding Team and to reflect changes in wider safeguarding procedure and legislation.

The contents of ‘A Safe Church’ can be downloaded here in sections. The manual is designed to be used as a tool as and when necessary: some sections will be of more relevance to some people than to others; and you may need to find specific sections in a hurry, depending on your particular concern. We recommend that you download ‘How to & Contents’ in order to assist you in deciding which sections you need.

If you are unable to find the relevant information, or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team on 020 7939 9476.

January 2020

Forms & Templates for Download

Appendix 1: Sample parish safeguarding policy

Appendix 2: Sample parish domestic abuse policy

Appendix 3: Sample outline for a Parish Safeguarding Officer role

Appendix 4: Sample form to register a change in Parish Safeguarding Officer

Appendix 5: Sample risk assessment form

Appendix 6: Sample registration and consent form for children

Appendix 7: Sample registration and consent form for adults who may be vulnerable

Appendix 8: Sample form for volunteer drivers

Appendix 9: Sample passenger consent form

Appendix 10: Sample photo consent form for children

Appendix 11: Sample photo consent form for adults who may be vulnerable

Appendix 12a: Sample safeguarding provision form to attach to any hire of church premises agreement

Appendix 12b: Sample safeguarding provision form to attach to any agreement on hiring out church premises to anonymous groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous

Appendix 12c: Sample safeguarding provision form to attach to any agreement on hiring out church premises to Winter Night Shelter umbrella bodies

Appendix 13: Safer recruitment practice guidance for parishes

Appendix 14: Sample job role outline for a worker or volunteer with children and/or adults who may be vulnerable

Appendix 15: Sample application form template for a paid or volunteer post

Appendix 16: Sample interview/discussion form for a paid or volunteer post

Appendix 17: Sample reference form for a paid or volunteer post

Appendix 18: Sample appointment letter to a volunteer post

Appendix 19: The Code of Safer Working Practice

Appendix 20: Sample Confidential Declaration form

Appendix 21: Sample complaints procedure

Appendix 22: Sample grievance procedure

Appendix 23: Sample disciplinary procedure

Appendix 24: Sample form for recording a safeguarding incident/concern