We are committed to ensuring that the Diocese of Salisbury provides a safe environment for everyone, especially children and young people who may be at risk of abuse or neglect.
Here you’ll find advice, information, and resources to help parishes understand how to achieve the best possible standards of safeguarding, and signposting for those who may wish to access support.
Contact our Safeguarding Team for advice or support:
The team is available from Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. You can:
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone 07500 664800 (Monday to Thursday inclusive and on call Monday and Tuesday evenings until 9pm)
- Phone 07469 857888 (Tuesday to Friday inclusive and on call Wednesday and Thursday evenings until 9pm)
If your query is urgent or out of hours, please contact thirtyone:eight on 0303 0031111.
If someone is at immediate risk of harm, please call 999 in an emergency.
If you wish to report a concern, see advice under the 'Safeguarding in parishes' heading further down or the 'What to do if you have a concern' box immediately below.
Safeguarding Training and DBS Guide
What to do if you have a concern
We act promptly on any complaints made and work in close partnership with Police and Social Care where children or vulnerable adults have been harmed or are at risk of harm or mistreatment.
We care for those who have been abused in the past and provide a range of support and signposting for survivors and victims of Church related abuse.
We support national policy from the Church of England including following the practice guidance Responding Well to victims and survivors of abuse.
Download the Training and DBS Matrix which gives a guide for the levels of training and DBS likely to be required for each role.
Survivor care and support
If you are looking through this page it might be because something has happened to you, you are struggling and looking for support, or because you want to help someone close to you. Seeking support when you are struggling or thinking about speaking out about any kind of abuse, can often raise all kinds of emotions.
There may be many reasons why you have not spoken out before. It can feel overwhelming and frightening, but it can also be the first step towards support, healing, and recovery. You are not to blame for what happened to you.
You will be heard, be supported and have your concerns taken seriously no matter how recent or long ago and regardless of where the abuse took place. It is your choice who you share your experience with. Within your local church or Parish you may wish to speak to your Parish Safeguarding Officer or a member of the clergy. You may choose instead to contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team, our Independent Sexual Violence Advisor, or one of the organisations listed below.
The Safeguarding Team works alongside an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) called Nina Tanner. Nina works for a Domestic Abuse charity called FearLess and is commissioned for one day a week by the Diocese of Salisbury.
Nina offers support and signposting to anyone who has experienced any form of abuse within a church context whether that abuse took place recently or in the past.
Nina’s role is separate from the diocese so she will not share client information with the Safeguarding Team unless the client consents to this.
• Safe Spaces- A free and independent support service providing a confidential, personal and safe space for anyone who has been abused through their relationship with either the Church of England, the Catholic Church of England and Wales or the Church in Wales. They offer a helpline, a live web chat and website.
• FearLess (Wiltshire) - A registered charity delivering support services to adults and young people experiencing the trauma of domestic abuse and sexual violence. FearLess delivers services across south-west England including in Wiltshire.
Safeguarding in parishes
There are a number of resources you can download for use within a parish context.
Please be aware that the Channel Islands have different documents so please contact the respective island Safeguarding Lead for more information (see information in the Channel Island heading below).
If someone is at immediate risk of harm, please call 999 in an emergency.
All other safeguarding concerns within a parish should be brought to the attention of the Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO), Church Safeguarding Officer (CSO in Jersey) or parish priest in the first instance. They can then seek further guidance from one of the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisors (DSA), contact details listed above, and refer to statutory agencies if appropriate.
Here is a flowchart showing what to do if you have a concern.
If your concern relates to the PSO, CSO or parish priest, please contact the DSO directly. There may be other occasions where someone may have a safeguarding concern but does not want to discuss this within a parish context. If this is the case, the DSA can be contacted directly.
The Safeguarding Team send out email updates at bi-monthly intervals. Sign up for future updates.
This essential handbook summarises the safeguarding responsibilities of parishes, as outlined in the House of Bishops' Safeguarding Policies and Practice Guidance. You can view an online version of this handbook here or purchase a copy from Church House Publishing. Information in the handbook is subject to change and there may be some slightly different policy requirements in Salisbury Diocese in regards to training. For up to date information always check our Training Matrix on our website.
This poster provides an at-a-glance summary of the Church of England's policy statement on safeguarding. It is designed to help congregations promote and publicise the policy in the local church. You can download a copy of this poster already populated with Salisbury Diocese DSA information, or you can purchase an A3 poster from Church House Publishing.
This poster provides an at-a-glance summary of the Church of England's policy statement on safeguarding. It is designed to help congregations promote and publicise the policy in the local church. There is a space in the top left-hand corner for your church logo.
At the heart of any intention to safeguard children and vulnerable adults in church is a Parish Safeguarding Policy. Your Parish Safeguarding Policy should be displayed in every place where activities involving children and/or vulnerable adults could take place, such as within the church and on church hall noticeboards. The safeguarding policy should be reviewed, signed and dated annually and the copy on display should be updated following every review.
Download the Model Parish Safeguarding Policy.
This is a short summary of what a parish needs to do to meet its safeguarding requirements.
This document is for recording any safeguarding concerns your parish may become aware of.
The legal transfer will be enacted on the receiving of the Order in Council during 2022.
More information regarding safeguarding on the respective Islands can be accessed here: Deanery of Guernsey (including Alderney and Sark) and the Deanery of Jersey.
The Channel Islands follow National Church of England safeguarding guidance and policies unless their own Island legislation dictates otherwise. Both Islands have their own Safeguarding Handbook (Guernsey) and Safeguarding Policy (Jersey) which can be found on their respective Deanery websites.
Safer Recruitment and DBS checks
Safer Recruitment is a set of principles to help make sure staff and volunteers are suitable to work with children, young people and vulnerable adults.
Safer recruitment fulfils two important functions. It can identify at an early stage people who should not be working with children, young people or vulnerable adults.
It also sends a clear message to the wider community that should they attempt to do so, such people will be identified and prevented from taking on roles of trust.
Within the Diocese of Salisbury each Parish has their own 'Microsite' which is essentially a dashboard with DBS information about your staff and volunteers.
Access the site and login.
Each Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO) or DBS Verifier has an individual log in to the Microsite. If you require a log in, or for queries related to the Microsite, please email the Safeguarding Team
Below are a number of short instruction videos designed to guide you around the Microsite.
Session 1 - Introduction
Session 2 - Adding a New Person
Session 3 - Initialising a New DBS?
Session 4 - The Update Service and Checks?
Session 5 - Ongoing Checks, Corrections and Historic Checks
Session 6 - The Process for Verifiers Session
For an overview of Safer Recruitment within the Church of England and a checklist of elements involved in the process, please see Section 5 of the Parish Safeguarding Handbook.
The key policy and guidance document agreed by the House of Bishops is Safer Recruitment Practice Guidance.
On the Church of England website in the Templates and Resources section, under Safer Recruitment, there a number of useful templates including a model volunteer job role, an application form, model interview questions and a letter of appointment.
At the start of the process where an individual is going to work with vulnerable people, they should be asked to complete a ‘Confidential Declaration’ form. In essence this form asks them if there is any reason why they should not be working in the role they are applying for. It can help identify any issues that might need resolving at an early stage.
Take a look at our DBS Training and DBS matrix.
A Disclosures and Barring Service (DBS) check is one element of safer recruitment as it provides criminal records information about a person held by the police and government departments.
There are different levels of DBS checks (Basic, Enhanced, and Enhanced with Barring) which can be applied for depending on the role the person is going to be undertaking.
We have designed a matrix which gives an indication of the minimum level of check required for each role: download a copy of the Training and DBS Matrix.
Within Salisbury Diocese we use a company called APCS to process our checks.
The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA)
The Anglican Church in England and Wales was one of 15 strands that was considered by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA). On 6 October 2021IICSA published its Investigation Report, The Anglican Church – Safeguarding in the Church of England and the Church in Wales.
The Executive Summary provides an overview of findings and can be read alongside the Recommendations.
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York, the lead Safeguarding Bishop and the National Director of the Church of England National Safeguarding Team wrote an open letter in response to the October publication. The Bishop of Salisbury reported to the Diocesan Synod in October 2020 commenting that the report was sobering and "requires a careful and thorough response".
If the contents of this report prompt you or someone you know to seek help or advice, please contact one of the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisors. Support and signposting can be arranged to meet individual needs. For more information, please see above for the Survivor Care and Support information.
Within the Diocese of Salisbury we are working in collaboration with the National Safeguarding Team (NST) to respond to the relevant recommendations made by IICSA. If you would like more information about the changes we are making, please contact one of the?Diocesan Safeguarding Advisors.
Past Cases Review 2 (PCR2)
The Diocese of Salisbury has taken an active role in the PCR2 process which began in 2019. You can read the diocese and Channel Island reports in full and executive summaries below. These were published on 5 October 2022:
Diocese of Salisbury
In 2007, the House of Bishops commissioned a large-scale review of child protection cases to identify individuals within the Church community who presented a risk to children. This became known as the Past Case Review (PCR) 2007-2009.
In 2018, an independent assessment report by Sir Roger Singleton was published and submitted to the Independent Inquiry on Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA). This report highlighted shortcomings of PCR and made recommendations that all dioceses must carry out a further review to identify cases of concern and evaluate their safeguarding actions.
In response the House of Bishop's commissioned a Past Cases Review 2 (PCR2) which is still underway across the country. This review is wider and includes incidents and/or allegations of abuse against vulnerable adults as well as children. Because survivor engagement was identified to be lacking in the original PCR, this review will also consider what sources of support have been offered to known victims and survivors.
Diocese of Salisbury completed the PCR2 process in 2019 and since then the Deaneries of Jersey and Guernsey in the Channel Islands have also completed their report in 2021.
If you have any questions about PCR2, or need any advice, please contact one of the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisors or for more information and/or guidance you can visit the Church of England website.
To find out more about support within the Diocese of Salisbury for survivors and victims who have experienced abuse see the relevant heading above.
Contact the Safeguarding Team
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