10 October is Safeguarding Sunday. It is a great opportunity to highlight that protecting vulnerable people is at the heart of the Christian message and to explore what safer places look like.
Bishop Jonathan Gibbs, the Church of England’s lead safeguarding bishop said recently:
"Whether churches can give just a few minutes or dedicate their whole service, Safeguarding Sunday is a really helpful and important way of focusing on all the work that goes on 365 days a year in our churches to make them safe places."
"From our children’s and young people’s activities to clubs for the elderly and foodbanks, our churches are involved in every community. Protecting vulnerable people is at the heart of the Christian message."
"Safeguarding Sunday is all about creating an opportunity for churches to show their communities that they take this responsibility seriously"
If you are interested in taking part, please visit the thirtyone:eight website where you can download free resources, including prayers and videos:
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 10th of September every year, this year Friday, is World Suicide Prevention Day. This is hosted by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP). The theme for WSPD 2021-23 is ‘Creating Hope Through Action’ and is a reminder there is an alternative to suicide and aims to inspire confidence and light in all of us; that our actions, no matter how big or small, may provide hope to those who are struggling.
The Samaritans latest newsletter which is avaialble here to download and read has information about some of the work they have engaged in across the UK to prevent suicide, and study the impact of of COVID-19 on suicide thoughts and attempts. Next time you see someone who may be struggling, what could you say to them? There is a great line and logo in the newletter - read on and see: Samaritans Advice Service Newletter
June 15th is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). Here is what the United Nations say…
[Elder abuse] is a global social issue which affects the health and human rights of millions of older persons around the world, and an issue which deserves the attention of the international community. … Although the extent of elder mistreatment is unknown, its social and moral significance is obvious. As such, it demands a global multifaceted response, one which focuses on protecting the rights of older persons.
It is understood that more than a million older people experience abuse or neglect in the UK every year. Instances of abuse during lockdown have increased. Those who are particularly vulnerable may accept help from those who seek to exploit them, as they will be at risk without the safeguards offered by regular day-to-day contact with the outside world.
Both of our local Safeguarding Adults Board support WEAAD each year. It represents the one day in the year when the whole world voices its opposition to the abuse and suffering inflicted to some of our older generations. The County Board has produced a video presentation with help from 2 Derbyshire care homes, Ada Belfield in Belper and Rowthorne in Swanwick, whose staff and residents feature. The link to the video can be found here: https://www.derbyshiresab.org.uk/about-us/events.aspx
Please do your bit to raise awareness of the importance of recognising and reporting abuse and neglect of older people in our communities.
Please find a link below to a short film produced by the Derbyshire Safeguarding Adults Board which provides some helpful information on how to identify the indicators of adult abuse.
It is very short so please take the time to watch it if you can.
Here also is a link to their newsletter which contains some additional information about various topics.
Please note the contact details in the video relate to Derbyshire.
The contact details for Derby City are:
During office hours (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm) - 01332 642855
Outside office hours - 01332 956606
If something needs to be done straight away to protect someone from abuse or harm, call 999 (24 hours).
- If you have a concern about a child, young person or adult who may be at risk of harm please speak to one of the parish safeguarding coordinators or the priest within the parish.
- If you have concerns about a member of the clergy or an employee of the diocese please contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser on 01332 388678 or one of the archdeacons.
If you have concerns about a member of the clergy or an officer or employee of the diocese please contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser on 01332 388678 or one of the archdeacons.
In an emergency, dial 999.
To confidentially report a safeguarding concern to the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, Hannah Hogg, please complete the form below. Your contact details are only requested so that we can get in touch with you to make sure we have the details needed to look into your concern properly.
Protecting children, young people and vulnerable adults is the responsibility of us all, whether they are in the communities in which we live or part of our Christian family.
If you have a concern about a child, young person or adult who may be at risk of harm, you can speak to one of the parish safeguarding coordinators or the priest within the parish.
If you have concerns about a member of the clergy or an employee of the diocese please contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser on 01332 388678 or one of the Archdeacons.
You can also report any concerns to the Police or Social Care.
The important thing is that your concerns are shared with someone in a position to help.
Safeguarding is everyone's business
Ensuring the Diocese of Derby provides a safe and caring environment for everyone - but especially children, and adults who may be at risk of abuse and neglect. Victims and Survivors are at the heart of our safeguarding work.
If you need to contact Derby Church House urgently, please use the following information:
Safeguarding: If you have a safeguarding concern, please call 01332 388678 or see this page
Property: If you have an urgent problem with one of our properties, please see this page
Communications: If you need to contact our communications office with an urgent media enquiry, please call 07540 120899 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Other contacts in Derbyshire
In case of an emergency, always dial 999
Derbyshire Police: 0345 123 3333
Derbyshire County Council: 08456 058 058
Derby City Council: 01332 293111
Find a pharmacy - https://beta.nhs.uk/find-a-pharmacy/
NHS Direct - for non-emergency advice - 0845 4647
Royal Derby Hospital - 01332 340131 - Main switchboard
Chesterfield Royal Hospital - 01246 277271
I Need Help!
Samaritans - Derby - 01332 364444
Samaritans - Chesterfield - 01246 270000
Samaritans - Buxton and High Peak - 01298 214469 & 01298 214261
Samaritans - national telephone - 116 123 (this number is free to call)
National Domestic Violence Helpline - 0808 2000 247
Derby City - 01332 642855 (Safeguarding Adults and Children)
Derby City - 01332 640777 (Adults’ Services Option 6 and out of office hours)
Derbyshire Starting Point - 01629 533190
Childline - 0800 1111
NSPCC Child Protection Helpline - 0808 800 5000
Electricity: National Emergency Number: 105