Safeguarding: National Policy and Practice Guidance

National Policies

NEW FOR 2018

Parish Safeguarding Handbook

The national policy was updated in 2017, 

Protecting All God's Children CofE - November 2010 - this remains national policy, however, please note:

Chapter 4 has been replaced by 'Key roles and responsibilities of church office holders and bodies'.

Chapters 7 and 8 have been replaced by 'Responding to, assessing and managing safeguarding allegations and concerns against church officers' (October 2017). 

Promoting a Safer Church was updated in 2017 - NB Any references to concerns and allegations in this document have been replaced by Chapters 7 and 8, as above.


Practice Guidance

Identifying and Reporting Safeguarding Serious Incidents to the Charity Commission: Guidance for DBFs, PCCs and Religious Communities (2019)

Practical guidance: How to make a Safeguarding Serious Incident report to the Charity Commission (2019)  

Q&As for PCCs, DBFs and Religious Communities on Safeguarding Serious Incident Reporting

Parish Safeguarding Handbook (2018)

Glossary reference document (2017)

Key roles and responsibilities of church office holders and bodies practice guidance (2017)

Responding to Safeguarding Concerns or Allegations that relate to Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults practice guidance (2018)

Responding to, assessing and managing concerns or allegations against church officers practice guidance (2017)

Responding well to domestic abuse practice guidance (2017)

Training and development practice guidance (2017)

Safer recruitment practice guidance (2016)

Responding well to those who have been sexually abused practice guidance (2011)

Safeguarding in religious communities practice guidance (2015)


Joint Practice Guidance with The Methodist Church

Safeguarding Records: Joint Practice Guidance for the Church of England and the Methodist Church (2015) 

Safeguarding Guidance for Single Congregation Local Ecumenical Partnerships (2015) 

Safeguarding: Links to General Guidance

Working Together to safeguard children DfE-  July 2018 

Theatre Performance Guidance DfE - April 2013

Younger Children and Social Networking Sites NSPCC - 2013

Child Exploitation and Online Protection Service

Social Media Guidelines Diocese of Leeds - 2014

Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation Barnados - 2012

Protecting Young Bell Ringers and Permission to Ring Form  CCCBR Central  Council of Church Bell Ringers

Safeguarding Children from abuse linked to a belief in spirit possession  ECM - 2013

Safeguarding: Local Authority Contacts

Local Authority contacts - child and adult 


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