Parish Safeguarding Officers
The Parish Safeguarding Officer is the key link between the diocese and the parish concerning safeguarding matters. They have an overview of all church activities involving children, young people and vulnerable adults and seek to ensure the implementation of safeguarding policy.
This is an important role that can feel daunting at times. It is important to remember that the PCC holds responsibility for safeguarding and should support the PSO. The Diocesan Safeguarding Team also seek to support the PSOs and provide them with up to date training, information and guidance as well as the opportunity to network.
Each Deanery Partnership also has a Parish Safeguarding Networking Meeting available to all Parish Safeguarding Officers, Lead Recruiters and Incumbents. Details of these events can be found here.
For resources and guidance to external websites:
- Parish Dashboard support – https://www.safeguardingdashboards.org.uk/support/
- Safeguarding Hubs information and introduction – https://safeguardingdashboards.org.uk/info/safeguarding-hubs/
Quick access to key documents
- Training Framework https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2021-06/SafeguardingLearningAndDevelopmentFramework2021.pdf
- Parish Safeguarding Handbook https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2019-10/ParishSafeGuardingHandBookAugust2019Web.pdf
- Diocese of Lincoln Purple Posters
- For full details on policies please see this section of the C of E website: https://www.churchofengland.org/safeguarding/policy-and-practice-guidance
- For full details on templates and resources please see this section of the C of E website: https://www.churchofengland.org/safeguarding/policy-practice-guidance/templates-and-resources
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