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Bishop's Safeguarding Oversight Panel

The purpose of the Bishop’s Safeguarding Oversight Panel provides independent scrutiny of safeguarding practice and policy within the Diocese of Lincoln. It provides strategic support and guidance to the Diocesan Bishop, Bishop’s Safeguarding Adviser and the Bishop’s senior staff regarding the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults across the Diocese.

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The panel produces a periodic newsletter. Read the latest edition here.

The members offer expert advice regarding the setting, revision and implementation of policies, protocols and priorities relating to the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults. This includes advice regarding policies that are safeguarding specific and policies that, while not directly about safeguarding, nevertheless have an impact on the implementation of sound safeguarding practice in the Diocese, such as policies regarding the management and retention of clergy records, the recruitment of clergy, staff and volunteers.

The Panel also provides professional oversight and act as an accountability structure for the Bishop’s Safeguarding Adviser, and acts as the primary point of strategic liaison between the Diocese and the public authorities in Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire that are involved in the protection of children and vulnerable adults. It advises the Diocesan Bishop and relevant diocesan officers regarding appropriate safeguarding actions to be taken in difficult cases

The panel has an independent chair, Mrs Heather Roach, and other members include:

Clergy Portfolio leads for safeguarding in the Diocese
Diocesan Secretary
Bishop’s Safeguarding Adviser
Chapter Clerk
Precentor of Lincoln
Diocesan Director of Education
Diocesan Youth Officer
Representative from Lincolnshire and/or Humberside Police
Representative from Children’s Social Care (Local Authority)
Representative from Adult Safeguarding (Local Authority)
Representative from National Probation Service
Representative from NHS Foundation Trust
Representative from Victim Support (or equivalent)
Representative of the Voluntary Sector
Lay member nominated by Bishop’s Council.