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)
New Guidance has been issued regarding Safeguarding and DBS requirements for those standing for Election or re-election as Church Warden. Click here
Safeguarding Training C0 and C1 Safeguarding sessions are now available online. Access the courses here.
New Safeguarding Policy Documents (effective from 1 November 2017) have been 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 here.
We have a Diocesan Safeguarding Team working together to cover all areas of Safeguarding:
Neil Spiring - Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor
Kim Hodgkins - Diocesan Advisor for the Safeguarding of Children
Julia Dixon - Safeguarding Training Advisor
Sue Hathaway - DBS Administrator
Neil Spiring is the Senior Diocescan Safeguarding Advisor and Team Leader working on Diocescan Safeguarding Policy Developement, 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.
Julia Dixon has joined the team in January 2019 and will take the lead on developing and monitoring our training programme. Her role will allow dedicated support to ensuring that we are able to maximise training capacity and ensure that we can continually evaluate and improve this part of our service. The Safeguarding Team is delighted to welcome Julia on board.
There is a Diocesan Safeguarding Panel which meets quarterly, with an independed chair, and 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.
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.
Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor - Neil Spiring
Tel: 01543 306030 or Email
Diocesan Advisor for the Safeguarding of Children – Kim Hodgkins
Tel: 01543 306030 or Email
Safeguarding Training Advisor - Julia Dixon
DBS Administrator - Sue Hathaway
Tel 01543 622320 or Email
St Mary’s House, The Close
Lichfield WS13 7LD