The latest Safeguarding Newsletter has just been sent to all Parish Safeguarding Officers. If you do not receive a copy and would like to read more about the work happening in Safeguarding in the Diocese and a little more about one of the safeguarding team you can download the newsletter here.
The Mental Health Charity has more information and resources on its website here - Mental Health Awareness Week 2021
Mental health begins within us and is influenced greatly by everyone and everything around us.
The theme for this year’s mental health awareness week is nature, and how we connect to it. This may be as simple as looking at and caring for a houseplant, pet, or marveling at the daily changing weather, or as complex as having an allotment on which we grow our own vegetables. Just being able to go outside and walk in the wind rain, or the sunshine (which I am sure many of us prefer) can improve our mental health.
There is a lot of information and resources to help with mental health on the internet, and many places which for those who do not have access to the internet now carry information to help with access and support too.
A great starting point is the Mental Health Foundation’s resource – Your Mental Health, which can be found here: Your mental health | Mental Health Foundation and their home page Mental Health Foundation
National charity Mind and their link for mental health awareness week which has some good resources for using on social media platforms Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 | Mind Mind has asked that if you join in the conversation during the week about what you are doing for your own mental health, or that of others be that for a friend, or for well funded services, you use the the hashtags #MHAW and #FightforMH and also tag Mind on Facebook, twitter and Instagram.
Locally in Derbyshire if you need support or feel that someone you know should be referred to services who offer professional support the Derbyshire Safeguarding Adults Board offers support and information. It has a website with more information here: Derbyshire Safeguarding Adults Board Home Page and a contact number if you are concerned about any one : 01629 533190.
For Derby City a board is also in place Derby Safeguarding Adults Board, the website is here: Derby Safeguarding Adults Board (derbysab.org.uk). They have two contact numbers Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm 01332 642885, outside these hours 01332 956606. addional numbers are given on the website for minicom users and those who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Church of England resources
For Mental Health Awareness Week, The Church of England has released a series of audiograms to support good mental health. You can access these short audio clips on social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram), by downloading a PDF, on their website or as a podcast.
The National Church has given a commitment to undertake a new Past Cases Review (PCR2) which will not only look at all types of harm, both to children and or adults, but will probe much deeper in records or concerns held in parishes, some of which may not have been reported to the DSA. Protocols and practice guidance for the Church of England’s Past Cases Review 2, (PCR2) have been published and are on the National Church of England Website: churchofengland.org/safeguarding/promoting-safer-church/safeguarding-news-statements/past-cases-review-2.
Individual survivors who wish to make representations to the PCR2 process in the Diocese of Derby or who need to come forward with information or make any disclosures regarding church related abuse are encouraged to make direct contact with the Safeguarding Team on 01332 388678.
However, recognising that this may not feel safe for those with experience of abuse from within the church, a dedicated national helpline - 0800 80 20 20 - operated independently from the church, by the NSPCC, was set up in September 2019 and remains available.
Survivors and victims can use the helpline to provide information or to raise concerns regarding abuse within the Church of England context; whether they are reporting issues relating to children, adults or seeking to whistle blow about poor safeguarding practice.
Survivors were not invited to contribute to the 2007-2009 PCR and the Church has wanted to ensure a different, trauma informed approach is taken by PCR2. Listening to survivor voices has helped to shape how this review will be conducted.
The PCR2 process is an independent review to look at all the safeguarding files and aims to ensure that wherever concerns have been raised that the cases have been handled appropriately.
Your vicar (or church warden if in Interregnum) will now have received a letter from Bishop Libby outlining what is required to enable this significant piece of work to be completed.
We need to submit the final report to the National Safeguarding Team during the spring/summer, 2021.
Further information - Downloads
The IICSA report was published in October 2020. A briefing setting out the key findings of the report can be found here:
The Diocese of Derby is conscious that the work of the public inquiry may trigger memories and be traumatic for some individuals.
Bishop Libby would like to reassure anyone who is affected by the content of the IICSA report that the Diocese will take seriously any concerns or information relating to safeguarding within the Church.
Should you wish to talk to someone about this, the safeguarding team is available to work with you directly, or to signpost you to the most appropriate resource, and can be contacted on 01332 388678 or via this link: https://derby.anglican.org/en/safeguarding.html
The team is available if you want to talk about any new or non-recent concern relating to any church officer or person working within the Church.
More information about IICSA can be found at https://www.iicsa.org.uk/.
Derby Cathedral was visited by SCIE (the Social Care Institute for Excellence) for an audit of safeguarding provision in March 2019.
The report from the Audit was published on 30 April 2019.
The Chapter of Derby Cathedral welcomes the report, which will now form the basis of the Cathedral’s work on safeguarding for the future.
The Chapter is committed to safeguarding all at Derby Cathedral.
An action plan will be adopted by the Chapter at its meeting in September.
This will be published on the Cathedral website as soon as it has been adopted.