The Diocese in Europe promotes “Safe Churches” as part of our commitment to the Safeguarding of Children and Vulnerable Adults.
A new Safeguarding Policy and Protocol has been put in place, as of December 2015, and includes major updates in line with recent legislation changes and experience across the Church of England.
All clergy and Readers have Safeguarding training and need record check clearance certificates as a normal part of their ministry. Hundreds of lay volunteers in local churches across Europe are being encouraged to go through the process to ensure that our congregations are safe places for young and vulnerable people to visit. A new online basic training course is now available - see below.
Ian Carter is our Diocesan Safeguarding Manager. He has overall responsibility for Safeguarding matters in the diocese. For the time being, Ian is also acting as the Safeguarding Adviser (the role previously undertaken by Chris Lees). Ian has served at a high level in the Essex Police and has recently completed a period of two years in a similar role with the Diocesan of Chelmsford
Tola Akinde-Hummel is the Assistant Safeguarding Manager. She comes from a safeguarding career, having worked mainly in Ofsted.
Mark Gregory is our Safeguarding Administrator, based in the Diocesan Office, working on DBS checking, rolling-out level 1 electronic training and servicing meetings of the Safeguarding Advisory Committee (under the Chairmanship of Charles Clark). Please contact Mark with any queries relating to training or DBS checks.
A NEW DIOCESAN SAFEGUARDING POLICY PROTOCOL is in force as of Wednesday 9th December 2015.
Here are the links to the WEB FRIENDLY VERSION WEB
And a further link to MANAGING CONCERNS WEB
THE FULL DOCUMENTS ARE AVAILABLE BELOW IN WORD AND PDF VERSIONS
OTHER USEFUL SAFEGUARDING DOCUMENTS FOR DOWNLOADING
Members and leaders of churches around the Diocese are reporting successful completion of the first of our on-line Safeguarding training courses. This one deals with children and young people. A further course relating to vulnerable adults is due on-line shortly.
If you have not yet completed the course the instructions are below
The link to the online training is http://europe.cofelearning.org/login/index.php
Questions or queries should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Look out for our first safeguarding newsletter, due to go online this Autumn!
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