Safeguarding children & vulnerable people

The Safeguarding team provides comprehensive support, advice and guidance for Bishops, Clergy and lay people in churches and Mission Areas on all matters relating to the Church in Wales policy on safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

Please ensure you are working within the Church in Wales Guidelines. These can be accessed via the the link in the right-hand column of this page.

St Davids Diocese has its own Safeguarding Support Officer who, in partnership with the Provincial Safeguarding Officer form part of the Provincial Safeguarding Team. This is a multi-disciplinary team with a wide range of experience, skills and knowledge to support the Church to stay safe. The support officer role provides training across the Diocese and supports the Mission Areas in the implementation of The Church in Wales’ Safeguarding Policy.

Specific safeguarding concerns or the need to talk about an allegation are managed by the Provincial Safeguarding Officer.

 

CONTACTS

Safeguarding concerns or complaints should be referred in the first instance to Wendy Lemon, Provincial Safeguarding Officer, based in North Wales. Wendy can be contacted on 07392 319064      Email Wendy

If Wendy is unavailable, please contact Elaine Cloke Head of Safeguarding on 0292 034 8200/07787 244037 or Email Elaine or Fay Howe Provincial Safeguarding Officer: 07551 124219. Email Fay

Lynn Rees is Safeguarding Support Officer for the Diocese of St Davids. Lynn is responsible for administering the safeguarding programme in the diocese and supporting Churches and Mission Areas in training and development for safe ministry. Lynn can be contacted on 07881 016188    Email Lynn

 

The Diocesan Safeguarding Committee is accountable to the Bishop and is convened by the Diocesan Safeguarding Officer on her behalf. The purpose of the group is to support the Bishop’s representative for child protection.

A priority of the group is effectiveness. The group should reflect a balance of clergy and lay, as well as gender, and should include some of the key individuals, such as the Diocesan Safeguarding Support Officer, an Archdeacon, Bishop’s Chaplain, Children and Youth Officer, Education Officer, and representatives from the three archdeaconries. It should aim to provide as wide a representation as possible of expertise in safeguarding children and vulnerable people.

The group has an important role in providing information, facilitating access to training and ensuring robust monitoring mechanisms for all parishes in the diocese.

OUR OBLIGATION TO CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE

Let the children come to me, do not try to stop them for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.

(Matt. 19:14)

Implicit in these words of Jesus is recognition of the unique status of children and young people. We will respect children as persons in their own right and give them special protection because of their vulnerability.

  • We accept and stress the main principle of the Children Act 1989 that the child’s welfare is paramount in all circumstances.
  • We will act responsibly and with integrity towards children and young people by not taking advantage of those in our care.
  • We must act towards children and young people responsibly and with integrity in ways which will safeguard their position of trust. No advantage may be taken of those in our care.
  • We will not exploit our relationship of trust for the purposes of self gratification and the highest standards of care will be maintained in all circumstances.
  • Any allegations of abuse and risk of harm must be treated seriously.

Safe Church Training

Safe Church is the Church in Wales safeguarding course, developed by the NSPCC and completed by clergy in the Church in Wales.

A six-hour Safe Church course is being delivered to employed staff, Parish Safeguarding Office and Children and Youth workers

An abbreviated two-hour Safe Church Awareness course is also available on a local basis for Church representatives, including PCC members and Church Wardens.

Ideally such training events could be arranged on a Ministry Area or Deanery basis, both during a midweek evening or a Saturday morning.

Please contact Lynn Rees for more information or to arrange a convenient date for Safe Church Awareness training for your Ministry Area or Deanery.

Email Lynn

DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service)

DBS has replaced the previous CRB system for vetting people working with children and vulnerable adults. This factsheet offers a step-by-step guide to the process.

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