The Diocese of Lichfield and the Church of England treats the duty of care it owes to children entrusted into our care very seriously.
The safety and security of children is of the utmost importance and guidelines and policies are part of the processes that have been adopted to ensure that all children taking part in activities in our churches may do so in a loving, caring and safe atmosphere. In order to ensure this we have a Diocesan Safeguarding Policy and we recommend that every parish have a Safeguarding Policy as outlined in the House of Bishops revised Policy document 'Protecting All God's Children' (2010)
If you are in the process of updating your parish's Safeguarding Information on your website you will need to include the following information:
"(Name of Church) is committed to Safeguarding and has adopted the National and Diocesan Safeguarding Policies. Our Safeguarding Coordinator is (Name of Safeguarding Coordiantor) and can be contacted on (Enter a contact telephone numer)” .You also need to ensure that the policies have actually been ratified and adopted by the PCC and that this is recorded in meeting minutes.
C0 and C1 Safeguarding sessions are now available online.
Access the courses here, and our full Safeguarding Training Strategy Document can be downloaded here.
The Latest Safeguarding Policy Documents
...are published on the Safeguarding Key Resources page.
Read Bishop Michael’s
ad clerum to all clergy on safeguarding in October 2017.
Following the completion of a "Safeguarding Audit" in March 2016 carried out independently by SCIE the final published report and the Lichfield Audit Action Plan can be accessed
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
All DBS applications are now completed online and processed by CCPAS please click on the DBS Key Resources page for further information.
New Guidance has been issued regarding Safeguarding and DBS requirements for those standing for Election or re-election as Church Warden. Click here
Diocesan Safeguarding Team
We have a Diocesan Safeguarding Team working together to cover all areas of Safeguarding and their work is overseen by the Diocesan Safeguarding Panel which meets quarterly, with an independent chair. The Panel acts in a support and scrutiny role to ensures the Diocese complies with its legal responsibilities. The terms of reference for the Safeguarding Panel can be downloaded here.
Neil Spiring is the Senior Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor and Team Leader working on Diocesan Safeguarding Policy Development, casework, issues regarding Adults at Risk and Children as well as being available to parishes, both clergy and Parish Safeguarding Coordinators to give advice on day to day issues of concern along with Kim Hodgkins.
Kim Hodgkins is working alongside Neil Spiring with casework and to support Clergy, Parish Safeguarding Coordinators and parishes in Safeguarding matters relating to children.
Among other roles, Sue is the first point of contact for queries about DBS applications submitted through the diocese.
The team are based at the diocesan offices in Lichfield, though all spend a greater or lesser proportion of their time out and about, meeting clergy and parish safeguarding advisers, delivering training locally and working with other professionals on casework.
St Mary’s House
Lichfield WS13 7LD