Safeguarding News

Safeguarding News July 2019:

The diocesan safeguarding trainer, Vicky Christophers, is leaving the safeguarding team at the end of August 2019, she will be going to the Diocesan Board Of Education as their School Organisation and Governance Advisor. Everyone wishes her well in her new role. Recruitment for a new Safeguarding Trainer will begin in September. Until there is someone in post please email any safeguarding queries to Amy on safe.guarding@bathwells.anglican.org.

There is likely to be some disruption to safeguarding training provision until someone is appointed to the role of safeguarding trainer, so please bear with the safeguarding team. The plan for the interim period is as follows:

It may be possible for one of our volunteer trainers, Peter Stefanovic (Parish Safeguarding Officer) email. or Rev’d Georgina Vye (Associate Vicar) email.
to deliver a C0 or C1 course.

For clergy and Readers that require the C3 training; please complete the online C1 course and then book on to the C2 course as one becomes available. It should be noted that the C2 course must be completed within 12 months of the C1 course. All courses, when they become available, will be advertised on the Diocesan website https://www.bathandwells.org.uk/events/category/trainingworkshop/safeguarding-training/list/?tribe_eventcategory%5B%5D=124

TAUNTON SAFEGUARDING DAY

The Diocese safeguarding Team will be holding a “Promoting A Safer Church – Taunton Archdeaconry” day at St. Andrews, Minehead on 8th October. This will include a service of thanksgiving for the work done by Parish Safeguarding Officers. There will be a Q&A session, so if you would like to submit a question for the Diocese safeguarding team to answer on the day, please send it to: safe.guarding@bathwells.anglican.org. If you wish to attend the course, you can book a place at: https://www.bathandwells.org.uk/event/a-safer-church-taunton-archdeaconry/

Peter Stefanovic
Parish Safeguarding Officer


On 19th June 2019, the Church of England published it’s Safeguarding Data Report for the period 2015 – 2017. The information is taken from safeguarding returns sent to the National Safeguarding Team by dioceses. It is the first time that safeguarding trends have been analysed over a three year period by the Church of England. The report shows that safeguarding concerns or allegations have risen by 1092 over the three year period.

The report consists of nine pages with some helpful graphics that interprets the stats in an easy to understand format. The Safeguarding data covers various forms of abuse such as sexual abuse, physical abuse and domestic abuse etc. The report also details church officer roles that had safeguarding concerns or allegations made against them. To view the report click here

Peter Stefanovic
Parish Safeguarding Officer

16th May 2019: A printed Parish Safeguarding Handbook, together with posters, a safeguarding card and locally designed leaflets is being distributed to Church Wardens by the Diocese of Bath and Wells. The resources are to be shared with the PCC and Parish Safeguarding Officer so a joint decision on how best to use these resources can be made.

Peter Stefanovic
Parish Safeguarding Officer
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