What safeguarding information and arrangements should my parish display?

Please note that it has been the House of Bishops’ policy since 2017 that parishes must display information about their safeguarding arrangements, specifically that the parish should display:

  • A formal statement of adoption of the House of Bishops’ ‘Promoting a Safer Church; Promoting a Safer Church Booklet; Safeguarding Policy Statement’. This should be signed on behalf of the PCC;
  • Contact details of the PSO, churchwarden and any other local leaders;
  • Information about where to get help with child and adult safeguarding issues, eg local authority contact details, domestic abuse and key helplines, e.g. Child Line (see Appendix 5 for model in ‘Safeguarding in Parishes - Who’s Who’ which can be accessed via this link /safeguarding.php-parish-guidance-displays (see section what parishes should display)

Additionally, the Parish Safeguarding Handbook published in 2018, states that a parish should also ‘ensure that safeguarding arrangements are clearly visible on the front page of the parish website’. It recognises that not all parishes have a web page and, in this situation, the parish may want to put the information attached onto the National Church website A Church Near You. This has a ‘safeguarding’ tab on every page which will take the user through to a map highlighting safeguarding details.

It is possible that a failure to comply with the publication requirement on the web page could be a failure to have ‘due regard’ to the House of Bishops’ Guidance and thus lead to disciplinary proceedings against responsible clergy under the Clergy Discipline Measure.

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