'Safeguarding' is the umbrella term covering child protection and the protection of vulnerable adults.
This page has recently been extensively updated.
If you suspect abuse of a child or vulnerable adult, please follow the steps outlined in the linked guidance and contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, Heather Bland on 01722 411922, 07500 664 800 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We recognise that, to achieve a safe environment, we need to create an atmosphere of knowledgeable awareness where the unthinkable can be thought and discussed.
We also recognise that to help and support those giving their time to nurture children, young people and adults within the Church, clear guidelines, training and advice need to be given.
On the link pages you will find details about safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults. We have also given links to other relevant sites. If you cannot find what you need, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Official Diocesan Guidance
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Diocesan Guidelines on Safeguarding
Additional important guidance
An Index to the 2013 Diocesan Guidelines on Safeguarding
Model parish/benefice safeguarding policy
Model role outlines
National safer recruitment guidance
Diocesan guidance on recent changes to the Disclosure and Barring Service
The Vale of White Horse Team have produced a flowchart (in PowerPoint) which they display in public areas, setting out what to do and who to contact in the event of a safeguarding concern. It can be amended for use in other parishes and benefices.
Responding well to those who have been sexually abused
The Church of England published a policy and good practice guide to aid positive and constructive church response to survivors of abuse from both within and outside a church context. It states that each diocese should appoint carefully chosen, competent and trained people as ‘authorised listeners.’ It adds that all parishes should have named individuals with particular responsibilities for safeguarding children and/or adults, as a good first point of contact for a survivor who wishes to disclose.
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Download the PDF
There are a number of organisations in Dorset and Wiltshire which provide advice or support to survivors of sexual abuse. A number are listed here, although this is not an exhaustive list.
Childline – if you are aged up to 18, and are worried about anything, it could be something big or something small - don't bottle it up. It can really help if you talk to someone. If there is something on your mind, ChildLine is here for you. Their number is 0800 11 11, speak to a counsellor online or visit ChildLine’s explore section.
Stop It Now – if you are concerned about the behaviour of another adult, or concerned that you might abuse children yourself, Stop It Now is here to help. Their freephone helpline – 0808 1000 900 – is available from 9 am – 9 pm Mondays to Thursdays and from 9 am – 5 pm on Fridays, e-mail them on email@example.com or visit their website.
Contacting the police – if you need to contact the police, use 999 only for an emergency, such as when a crime is in progress, someone suspected of a crime is nearby, when there is danger to life or when violence is being used or threatened. Even in many serious circumstances, where you do not require an immediate emergency response, please use the national police helpline, 101, where your query is more likely to receive the proper response.
If you suspect abuse of an adult, local council websites have factsheets explaining what to do. Links to the relevant factsheets for different parts of the diocese are below.