'Safeguarding' is the umbrella term covering child protection and the protection of adults who may be at risk of abuse. This page was reconfigured in June 2015.
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The DBS has issued an online tool for people to check whether or not a role is eligible for a clearance. Click here to check!
We recognise that, to achieve a safe environment, we need to create an informed, caring atmosphere where the unthinkable can be thought and discussed. Clear guidelines, training and advice need to be given in order to help and support those giving their time to nurture children, young people and adults within the Church. This page has details and links for those who are safeguarding children, young people and adults who may be at risk of abuse. If you cannot find what you need, please do not hesitate to contact us.
The way we deliver safeguarding training in the Church of England is changing. New practice guidance on how this should look over the coming years (click here) has been approved by the House of Bishops. The purpose is to develop and ensure a framework of consistent learning and development of safeguarding practice in the context of the church. We will continue to deliver training around the diocese and across the year. You are urged to look at who in your parishes needs to do this training and make sure they sign up to one of the courses being laid on.
Are you a British Sign Language user? Click here for to access a message offering help and support to anyone who is suffering abuse now or has done in the past; you can also view the British Sign Language version of the NSPCC's "underwear rule" guide here.
Your first port of call:
The Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser
Mrs Heather Bland 01722 411922 email@example.com
Heather works at Church House, Salisbury, 9am-5pm Mondays-Wednesdays and 9am-1pm on Thursdays. She is available Monday to Thursday, 8am-9pm, for urgent safeguarding discussions, via 07500 664800.
From 9pm each Thursday to 8am the following Monday safeguarding advice regarding children, young people, and adults who may be at risk will be available from the Churches Child Protection Advisory Service (CCPAS) on 0845 120 4550. This is a 24 hour helpline but should only be contacted out of office hours for urgent advice which cannot safely wait until the next working day. Office hours are 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday. If you ring CCPAS please identify your parish and say you are ringing from the Diocese of Salisbury.
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Official Diocesan Guidance - read this first!
Our Diocesan Framework
Abuse Disclosure Report Form
The Disclosure and Barring Service has issued a new online tool for people to check whether or not a role is eligible for clearance. See www.gov.uk/find-out-dbs-check.
Key documents and info
Salisbury is one of four Dioceses which volunteered to take part in an audit into Safeguarding arrangements carried out by the Social Care Institute for Excellence. This was a proactive step to see where we could improve our arrangements for safeguarding children and vulnerable adults. The report is available here.