This page is maintained by Judie Fogarty
This page is maintained by Judie Fogarty
If you need urgent advice about a safeguarding matter out of office hours (evenings, weekends and Bank Holiday closures) please call:
Thirtyone:eight – telephone: 0303 003 1111
Callers should state that they are calling from the Diocese of Derby.
In an emergency (especially if someone is in immediate danger of harm) you should always call 999 and ask for the police/ambulance.
If you do not need advice urgently, you can report your concern by following the link ‘Report a safeguarding concern here’. Your request will be responded to on the next working day.
The Diocese of Derby Safeguarding team in partnership with the Derby Association of Church Bellringers (the Assiociation) has developed guidance which applies to all Bellringers in Church of England towers in the Diocese of Derby, whether or not they belong to the Association.
The Guidance can be downloaded here
February 2024 is the lead up to National Self Injury Day on 1st March.
A short definition of self injury - "Self-injury is a coping mechanism. An individual harms their physical self to deal with emotional pain, or to break feelings of numbness by arousing sensation".
Being aware of the signs of self injury, and that it may affect anyone of any age, gender or cultural background is important.
The charity Lifesigns has a web site with lots of information about self injury and support for both those who self injure (sometime referred to as self harm, cutting or deliberate self harm / injury). It can be found here - www.lifesigns.org.uk
Specifically for those aged 10 - 17 is Alumina (previously selfharmUK), who provide free online support . Thier website is www.selfharm.co.uk
Predatory Marriage - Daphne Franks
Joan Blass and Daphne Franks at Joan’s 90th Birthday Party, April 2014
Please watch the documentary about our story – the third in the series “Inheritance Wars: Who Gets the Money” – Channel Five, 9pm, October 1, 2023 and on Channel Five catch-up after that
“Your mother and her man friend – did you know they were married?” So, with a phone call from Joan Blass’s doctor, began a horrific series of events which have highlighted the gaps in safeguarding for the elderly and the vulnerable, both at the time of marriage and in the Law.
In March 2016 Joan Blass was almost 92 years old, with severe vascular dementia and terminal cancer. She was unable to make the simplest decision and never knew that she had remarried just five months before her death.
Joan’s daughter Daphne Franks tells the story of a secret marriage, a revoked will, an unmarked grave, grooming, gaslighting, a Private Member’s Bill and a campaign to highlight all the issues. The Franks family hope to fill all the gaps so nothing like this will ever happen to another family in the future – because, as they have learned, it’s currently happening to many of our elderly and vulnerable and their families.
This story is “right up there amongst the most shocking we’ve come across in the ten years that we’ve been making this programme.” - Angela Rippon, Rip-Off Britain, BBC Television.
Daphne Franks, 67, is a teacher who worked at Leeds Medical School for many years, teaching Communication Skills and other non-clinical courses. She is still teaching freelance part-time. Daphne now lives in Newcastle, Tyne and Wear, with her husband Stephen, son Oliver, daughter-in-law Alex and adorable granddaughter Linnet, two!
Issues with current safeguards*:
- • If the victim has set up a power of attorney, the attorney is not notified if the victim marries.
- • Notifications of marriage are displayed on notice boards in register offices and are not easily searchable or listed online.
- • No evidence is kept at the point of marriage – no video or audio recordings – once a marriage certificate is attained the following impact on wills is almost impossible to challenge.
- • Registrars have responsibility for judgment of mental capacity on the day. These persons may not have training on dementia or mental capacity.
- • There is an absence of joined up safeguarding between different relevant organisations and an absence of standardised safeguarding or mental capacity training.
(* Credit: Hourglass March 2022)
This information may be downloaded here
October 2023 will mark the following events:
Gaps in Safeguarding the elderly and vulnerable on Monday 1st October
- Channel Five will show the third in the series "Inheritance Wars: Who Gets the Money". This is the Story of Daphne Franks, and her mother Joan Blass. In March 2016 Joan Blass was almost 92 years old, with severe vascular dementia and terminal cancer. She was unable to make the simplest decision and never knew that she had remarried just five months before her death. Joan’s daughter Daphne Franks tells the story of a secret marriage, a revoked will, an unmarked grave, grooming, gaslighting, a Private Member’s Bill and a campaign to highlight all the issues. The Franks family hope to fill all the gaps so nothing like this will ever happen to another family in the future – because, as they have learned, it’s currently happening to many of our elderly and vulnerable and their families. The programme will also be avaialble on catch up. Daphne spoke to the Parish Safeguarding Officers at a PSO event, the story is heart-rendering, happening more often and preventable. This programme will be a great way of raising awareness. For more information read this document.
World Mental Health Day on 10th October.
- Derby and Derbyshire Emotional Health and Wellbeing signposting website has a range of material accessable by both age and subject and can be found here
- Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust provides a Mental Health Helpline and Support Service. This can be reached by calling 0800 028 0077 anytime, and more information is available on their website here.
- Mind have produced a number of resources and provide resources which may help here - World Mental Health Day - Mind.
- For men we can signpost to Mentell, which provides circles for men 18+ to talk (or just listen) in a safe and confidential space free from advice and judgement.
National Hate Crime Awareness Week 14th to 21st October.
Past Cases Review 2
The Diocese of Derby has taken part in the most extensive review of safeguarding records ever conducted by the Church of England.
The purpose of PCR2 was to identify both good practice and institutional failings in relation to how allegations of abuse have been handled, assess any identified risks and respond to these where appropriate, and to provide recommendations to the Church that will lead to improvements in its safeguarding work.
The Rt Revd Libby Lane, Bishop of Derby, writes:
I, along with diocesan colleagues and Derby Cathedral, welcomed the opportunity offered by PCR2 to reflect on our practice.
We also welcome the advice and challenges arising from the report.
We are grateful for the level of detail in the 40 recommendations made by the Independent Reviewers for consideration by the diocese, cathedral or Church of England.
Many of these recommendations reiterate a process change that had been recognised by senior officers, and are underway or have already been completed.
We are committed to attending to the recommendations made and have been glad of the opportunity this process has provided to learn and improve.
Executive Summary of the Diocese of Derby Report
The PCR2 was jointly commissioned by the Diocese of Derby and Derby Cathedral.
It was completed between 26th April and 29th October 2021 by two independent safeguarding professionals.
The review process was overseen by a PCR Reference Group with an appointed independent chair.
The process achieved the PCR2 specific objectives and complied with the PCR2 Practice and Policy Guidance (PCR2 PPG) issued by the Church of England PCR2 Management Board.
In compliance with PCR2 PPG, the diocese was in Category B - those dioceses who did not need to carry out a repeat of the original PCR but who have not conducted further review work since January 2007.
The diocese did not seek any exemptions in the file review phase.
Derby Cathedral and the Diocese of Derby actively engaged with the PCR2 process, meeting all the requirements specified in the PCR2 PPG and the review was welcomed as a learning opportunity by the bishop and all those supporting the review, many of whom were new in post and seeking to benchmark their ongoing work.
The content of the PCR2 report was drawn from documented information, and discussion between the independent reviewers and key stakeholders in the diocese and Derby Cathedral.
In the Diocese of Derby, the file review phase consisted of 1,164 files and, as a result, one new case was identified.
Of the files reviewed, 70 were cathedral files.
>> Download the Diocese of Derby's Executive Summary [.pdf] (Republished on 7 October 2022 with a data amendment)
The PCR2 report can be read in full on the Church of England website.
Support is available for anyone for whom this prompts the need to talk or seek help and the diocese is keen to help anyone who contacts them about safeguarding matters, however long ago they may have happened.
Contact details for the Safeguarding Team:
firstname.lastname@example.org | 01332 388678
Further information - Downloads
The Spring 2023 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 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.
November 25th is the international Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and marks the start of 16 Days of activism to end gender-based violence, ending on December 10th, World Human Rights Day.
The Church of England is actively supporting this campaign, and full information on all the national events below being held and resources available can be found here. One of the easiest ways to engage and learn more is take the Domestic Abuse awareness Safeguarding Module - to book onto the course click here
26th November - Mothers' Union Responds to 16 days of Activism
30th November - Discussion: How Can we Respond to Domestic Abuse within the Church?
1st December - Discussion: Domestic Abuse and Stalking
7th December - A safe space to ask challenging questions and share your reflections
9th December - Workshop: Understanding Coercive Control in a Spiritual Context
Technology can help to keep people safe. But abusers can also use technology to cause harm.
This day marks the start of 16 Days of Action for Violence Against Women and Girls. So to support this campaign, The ann craft trust is raising awareness of the role technology has in exacerbating instances of domestic abuse.
A poster is avaialble to download highlighting that technology could be used to empower domestic abusers and can be had to spot and difficult to escape. You may download it here.
Todays theme for Safeguarding Adults Week is Elder Abuse.
Elder abuse is a single or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust, which causes harm or distress to an older person.
The World Health Organisation has found that rates of elder abuse have increased since the pandemic. Around one in six people aged 60 years and older experience some form of abuse in a community setting. Also, rates of elder abuse are high in institutions such as nursing homes and long-term care facilities. Two thirds of staff report that they have committed abuse in the past year.
A poster to promote awareness can be downloaded here
Continuing the week of contemporary safeguarding issues today we look at safeguarding in everyday life. One of the main ways we can achieve this is to promote safer cultures. This is all about how our Churches and individuals can take steps to minimise harm occurring in the first instance. It’s also about embedding appropriate policies and procedures. In this way, people will know what to do if they have a concern to report. In addition, the churches will have a plan in place for acting on concerns. All PCC's must have a Safeguarding Policy in place.
You can download a poster to promote Safer Cultures here
Conitinuing the theme of Safeguarding Adults week 2022 of contemporary issues of Safeguarding, todays isue is Self Neglect. The ann craft trust writes
"The term “self-neglect” covers a wide range of behaviour neglecting to care for one’s personal hygiene, health or surroundings.
We’ve seen a rise in self-neglect cases over the last two years, particularly for older people.
On this day you can explore how you can spot the signs someone is at risk of self-neglect. We’ll also provide practical guidance about how to start difficult conversations and respond to those at risk, while maintaining autonomy."
You can download a poster here to encourage people to explore this area themsleves.