The information on this page is aimed specifically at those who are recognised as Parish Safeguarding Officers (PSO).
It includes links to resources and information which are directly relevant to the roles and responsibilities of a PSO, and to training courses which are specifically for PSOs or DBS Administrators within a parish and are not applicable to other members of a church.
The Diocese of Derby Safeguarding Team is based at the Parish Support Office, Derby Church House, though during the ongoing Pandemic all members of the team are working in a safe manner so are not in the office. For details of who they are please see Derby Diocesan Safeguarding Team
Policies and Practice Guidance
The Diocese of Derby has elected to follow the National Safeguarding Policy and Practice Guidance since 2018. All associated documents, including the current Parish Safeguarding handbook, Key Roles and responsibilities of church office Holders and bodies practice guidance, Responding Well, Safer Recruitment, Training Guidance documents and Policy Statements can be found here.
Resources and Template
This link will take you to The Church of England National Safeguarding Resources Page which shows resources published by Church House Publishing, and a list of wider reading published independently and contain the authors own views; these are mostly recommended in the different safeguarding training modules as it is important everyone understands the challenges and criticisms facing the Church, and learns from them.
National Templates and Resources can be downloaded from this link - Templates and Resources
Diocese of Derby Templates and Resouces - Under Construction
For details of Core Safeguarding Training and who in the Diocese requires what training please see our page Who needs to have Safeguarding training? / Book a course All Parish Safeguarding Officers are also required to attend the Parish Safeguarding Officer Induction Course and the DBS Streamlining Education Session
Diocese of Derby Parish Safeguarding Officer Induction Course
The national safeguarding training and development practice guidance sets out the framework for safeguarding training to ensure that all Church officers are trained in aspects of safeguarding. Parish life is the heart of the Diocese and is the most important context to get our safeguarding right. The Parish Safeguarding Officer role is a vital one – the ‘champion’ of safeguarding in the parish. This new induction course aims to help PSOs understand the role, responsibilities, and key working relationships of the Parish Safeguarding Officer, identify a variety of approaches to raising awareness and improving safeguarding practice, and evaluate safeguarding information reported by members of the church or community and determining an appropriate response. The evaluation task will encourage increased knowledge of the Parish Dashboard, and planning forward to ensure safeguarding is well-managed in the church. PSOs are also required to follow the Core Pathway of Safeguarding training – Basic Awareness, Foundation, and Leadership, and Safer Recruitment training. Please book using eventbrite following the links below.
Cohort A: Monday 17th January, 1.30-3.30pm - Book Here
Cohort B: Wednesday 16th March, 6.30-8.30pm - Book Here
If you are unable to book please email email@example.com to be added to the waiting list.
DBS (Disclosure and Barring Checks)
From January 2021 it became the responsibility of each Parish to apply for and administer the process of verification for DBS checks for Volunteers and paid staff other than Ordained Clergy working within a parish, following the process as defined by the Diocese of Derby and working with our agreed supplier Access Personal Checking Services (APCS), All Parish Safeguarding Officers and DBS Administrators where applicable must attend a DBS streamlining training session prior to being registered with APCS by the Diocese Safeguarding Administrator as approved verifiers. To book onto an education session which takes about 1.5 hours using zoom, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where a parish submits applications to Derby Church House (see here for the process) and has not attended a session the submitter will be contacted and asked to attend a session.