What we do
As Safeguarding Advisers, the team:
- Ensure effective safeguarding arrangements are in place across the diocese;
- Act as a point of contact to assist with safeguarding concerns, including those where someone may appear to pose a risk to a church community;
- Offer practical advice on policies, procedures and practice guidance;
- Deliver safeguarding training in line with the national programme;
- Advise on safe recruitment and DBS issues where there are blemished disclosures.
If a child or adult is at immediate risk of significant harm, in the first instance you should always contact your local social services team or local police (call 101). You must then inform your Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA) - listed below.
OUT OF HOURS ADVICE - A DSA will usually be available between 09.00 and 17.00, Monday to Friday. Please see below for contact details of the DSAs. If you require URGENT safeguarding advice outside these hours, or if you are unable to speak to a DSA, then please contact your Archdeacon. If they are unavailable then you must contact any of the Archdeacons in the Diocese of Leeds.
The Safeguarding Team are here to help you
The Safeguarding Team operates a triage system and a duty team member will deal with all enquiries and issues that arise on a daily rotational basis. Queries will either be answered directly or diverted to the appropriate person.
As your first point of contact for reporting issues or making enquiries, please contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team on:
- Team email: safeguarding [at] leeds.anglican.org
- Office number: 0113 353 0257
DSAs remain available between 09.00 and 17.00, Monday to Friday. Advice on what action to take outside these hours can be found in the important information section above.
Please note: Gail O’Neill, DBS and Safeguarding Administrator, remains responsible for DBS checks and the organisation of training courses. If you have a safeguarding enquiry that does not require the assistance of a Safeguarding Adviser (e.g. DBS. or training) please contact Gail directly at gail.oneill [at] leeds.anglican.org or 0113 3530204.
Diocesan Safeguarding Team
Team Leader - Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser
Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser
Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser
Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser
Diocesan Safeguarding Training Officer
The Diocese of Leeds has invested in Safeguarding Dashboards following successful trials involving 10 Churches and one of our Cathedrals.
Dashboards make safeguarding administration and governance simpler for Parish Safeguarding Officers and everyone.
Safeguarding Dashboards is a special designed resource being used by over 2,000 churches in 24 participating dioceses throughout the Church of England.
Many of our parishes have already started to use this helpful tool, and the feedback from Parish Safeguarding Officers has been overwhelmingly positive.
To learn how a Dashboard can help you, please follow the link here to our designated web page.
COVID-19 update fom the National Safeguarding Team
Please note that the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisors (DSAs) are currently hybrid working until further notice.
For all relevant and up to date information regarding safeguarding and COVID-19 please visit our designated section of the website here.
Past Cases Review 2
Protocols and practice guidance for The Church of England's Past Cases Review 2 (PCR2) have been published. For further background and information on PCR2, including how individuals who wish to make representations to the PCR2 process or who need to come forward with a disclosure can do so, please follow this link to the dedicated web page.
Serious Incident Reporting
For guidance on reporting safeguarding serious incidents and templates made available to parishes by the diocese, please follow this link to the dedicated Serious Incident Reporting page.
Useful Documents - Quick Access
What parishes should display
Please note that it has been the House of Bishops’ policy since 2017 that parishes must display information about their safeguarding arrangements, specifically that the parish should display:
- A formal statement of adoption of the House of Bishops’ ‘Promoting a Safer Church; Promoting a Safer Church Booklet; Safeguarding Policy Statement’. This should be signed on behalf of the PCC;
- Contact details of the PSO, churchwarden and any other local leaders;
- Information about where to get help with child and adult safeguarding issues, eg local authority contact details, domestic abuse and key helplines, e.g. Child Line (see Appendix 5 for model in ‘Safeguarding in Parishes - Who’s Who’ which can be accessed via this link http://leeds.anglican.org/safe-diocesan-policy-guidance (see section what parishes should display)
Additionally, the Parish Safeguarding Handbook published in 2018, states that a parish should also ‘ensure that safeguarding arrangements are clearly visible on the front page of the parish website’. It recognises that not all parishes have a web page and, in this situation, the parish may want to put the information attached onto the National Church website A Church Near You. This has a ‘safeguarding’ tab on every page which will take the user through to a map highlighting safeguarding details.
It is possible that a failure to comply with the publication requirement on the web page could be a failure to have ‘due regard’ to the House of Bishops’ Guidance and thus lead to disciplinary proceedings against responsible clergy under the Clergy Discipline Measure.