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

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, currently the Acting Chair is Detective Superintendent Rick Hatton, and other members include:

The Archdeacon of Lincoln (Clergy Portfolio lead for safeguarding in the Diocese)

Diocesan Secretary

Diocesan 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.