News and events Stories A message from the Diocesan Secretary - Important Safeguarding Information Please note that safeguarding information must appear on the front page (homepage) of all parish websites. This is laid out clearly in the Parish Safeguarding Handbook (on page 2). All parishes have received this handbook. If your safeguarding arrangements are not clearly visible on the front page of your parish website, you must have this updated accordingly by 20th June 2019. The parish website is to provide contact details for the parish safeguarding officer and for the diocesan safeguarding team. There should be a button on the homepage of all parish websites that is titled ‘Keeping Safe’. This is because not everybody will know what safeguarding means. When visitors click on ‘Keeping Safe’, it is suggested that the text on the following page reads as follows: “Most of the time at church we are like a big happy family. However, even in very happy families people can have a bad day and even people we know and trust can upset us. We want to help everyone have good days all of the time. We try to make sure that people who have jobs in the church always behave well and in a way that is helpful to you. We never want anyone or anything in church to frighten you, confuse you or worry you. It is important that you tell us if something is upsetting you or if you are feeling worried about something that’s happening or something somebody is doing. We have specially trained people who you can talk to and who you can ask for help. These people are good at safeguarding. This means they look after everyone’s safety. Caring for people is a very important part of our Christian life. The people who can help you are the parish priest or the parish safeguarding officer. You can contact the safeguarding officer (insert contact details) or the parish priest (insert contact details). If you wish to speak to someone outside the church you can contact the diocesan safeguarding team – their contact details are available here. There is also information there about other places from where you can get help or advice.” Many parishes, whether they have their own parish website or not, make use of A Church Near You (ACNY). At the foot of every page on ACNY there is a link to a map, which has links to all national diocesan safeguarding contacts. In addition, churches are also able to add their safeguarding details to their ACNY page. Further help relating to ACNY is available here. If you have any questions about this guidance, please contact the diocesan communications team and/or the diocesan safeguarding team. If your parish website is not set up as laid out above, it is important and urgent that you make it so.