Safeguarding Resources

The Diocese of Lichfield is committed to caring for all the children, young people and vulnerable adults with whom it has contact with, in all aspects of their wellbeing and at all levels. Therefore, we urge all our parishes to read and implement a Safeguarding Policy as outlined in the House of Bishops revised Policy Document "Protecting all God's Children" 4th Edition (2010) and Promoting a Safe Church (2006)

In conjunction with your Parish Safeguarding Policy it is very important that parishes are also aware of our Safer Recruitment policies to help you to make the best appointments for roles that are not DBS regulated activities or are not eligible for a DBS. Please see the DBS Resources page for further guidance.

Updating Parish websites

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 Coordinator) and can be contacted on (Enter a contact telephone number).

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. 

Diocesan Safeguarding Policy Documents

We have produced some new Diocesan policy documents to be used alongside the National Policy Documents:

  • Churchwarden Safeguarding Training Guidance 2019 - download
  • Diocese of Lichfield  Safeguarding Training and Developement Strategy July 2019 - download
  • Diocesan Safeguarding Policy v.1 - download
  • Safeguarding and Deliverance Policy - download
  • Recording With Care v.1 - download
  • Safer Recruitment and Training Policy v.3 - download
  • Social Media Policy v.1.2 - download
  • Core Groups and Major Safeguarding Incident Plan - download
  • Below is a sample safeguarding policy that can be adapted for use in your parish and some practical safeguarding guidance when working with children and vulnerable adults. 
  • Sample Safeguarding Policy for PCCs PDF - download 
  • Sample Safeguarding Policy for PCCs to edit - download
  • Guidelines for Safeguarding Children and Adults - download
  • We have produce a flowchart that illustrates the process that is followed if there is a safeguarding issue in your church and a Safeguarding Poster. Please print these out and display in your church or church hall. 
  • Safeguarding Flowchart  - download
  • Safeguarding Poster - download
  • Body Map Diagram for recording any injuries for children and adults - download

Church of England Safeguarding Policy Documents and Practice Guidance:

  • Parish Safeguarding Handbook - currently under review by National Safeguarding Team 
  • Promoting A Safer Church 2017 - CofE Safeguarding Policy download
  • Responding Well to Domestic Abuse 2017 download
  • Protecting All God's Children 2010 download
  • Responding Well To Those Who Have Been Sexually Abused 2011 download
  • Responding to Safeguarding Concerns or Allegations that relate to Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults (Practice Guidance) download
  • Guidance for DBFs, PCCs and Religious Communities: Identifying and Reporting Safeguarding Serious Incidents to the Charity Commission 2019 - download
  • Practical guidance: How to make a Safeguarding Serious Incident report to the Charity Commission 2019 download

Church of England Practice Guidance Documents Issued 2015

  • Practice Guidance: Safer Recruitment June 2015 download
  • Practice Guidance: Safeguarding in Religious Communities June 2015 download
  • Practise Guidance: Risk Assessment for Individuals who may Pose Risk to Children or Adults June 2015 download
  • Practice Guidance: Responding to Serious Safeguarding Situations Relating to Church Officers June 2015 download
  • Practice Guidance: Safeguarding Records: Joint Practice Guidance for the Church of England and the Methodist Church June 2015 download
  • Safeguarding Guidance for Single Congregation Local Ecumenical Partnerships June 2015 download

Key Forms for Parish Safer Recruitment 

  • Safer Recruiting in the parish - executive summary and models of good practice - download 
  • Model Volunteer Role Description - download 
  • Application Form for Volunteer Roles with Children and Vulnerable Adults - download
  • Reference Form for Volunteer Roles with Children ad Vulnerable Adults - download 
  • Church of England Confidential Declaration Form - download
  • Model Interview/Discussion for Volunteer Roles with Children and Vulnerable Adults - download
  • Guide to Activity that make Volunteer Roles eligibile for a DBS check - download
  • Church of England Roles where the activity is seen to be eligible for a DBS check - download
  • Letter of Appointment to Volunteer Role - download
  • Volunteer Role Working Agreement - download
  • Statement of Safeguarding Principles - download
  • Pocket Size Guide to Safeguarding  - download

Risk assessments for events

If you are planning a church event you should always carry out a Risk Assessment. You can download a suggested Risk Assessment Form here - Risk Assessment Form

Please also look at the information and advice given on the Ecclesiastical Insurance Group site regarding "Planning Events"  here - EIG

Safeguarding Children in Bell Towers

General statement on Safeguarding Children in Bell Towers Issued by the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers November 2015 

Refugees and Asylum Seekers September 2015

In response to the current refugee crisis caused by the Syrian Civil War the National Safeguarding Team have released a briefing note for Dioceses please click on the link below:

A Briefing Note from the National Safeguarding Team-September 2015

Other useful resources:

  • Sexting in schools and colleges: Responding to incidents and safeguarding young people - Produced by UKCCIS download