Safeguarding

WHO TO CONTACT FOR ADVICE?

Safeguarding Children

For advice on the implementation of the URC Good Practice Guidelines for Safeguarding Children and Young People within Southern Synod, please contact:
Revd Roger Jones, Tel. 07525410083, Email jones.ra@btinternet.com
For advice & support with particular safeguarding cases and more complex safeguarding issues within Southern Synod, please contact the Synod Safeguarding Link Person – children & young people:
Revd Roger Jones, Tel. 07525410083, Email jones.ra@btinternet.com

Safeguarding Adults

For advice and support with safeguarding adults within Southern Synod, please contact:
Synod Safeguarding link person(s) – adults:
Revd Colin Telfer, Tel. 01843 448705, Email colintelfer@uwclub.net
Revd Hilary Nabarro, Tel. 01303 268621, Email hnabarro@yahoo.com

URC Safeguarding Officer

If the Southern Synod safeguarding personnel are unavailable and you need advice urgently, you can try the URC Safeguarding Officer:
Cassie Wright, Tel.  020 7520 2729, Email: safeguarding@urc.org.uk

CCPAS 24 hour helpline
The Churches Child Protection Advisory Service run a 24 hour helpline: Tel 0845 120 4550
Please note that out of office hours this helpline should only be used when a decision needs to be made about a safeguarding case which cannot wait until the next day.

 

MODEL SAFEGUARDING POLICY FOR LOCAL CHURCHES – UPDATED JUNE 2014

A model policy for local churches in Southern Synod is available. It fulfils the safeguarding policy requirements of the Charity Commission and is in line with the URC good practice guidance. The policy should be interpreted in the light of URC Good Practice guidelines which contain more detailed guidance and useful proformas. To download the model policy, click on this link:
Safeguarding Children and Adults – Model Policy
Safeguarding Children and Adults – Model Policy – updates marked

This policy should be made specific to the local church situation and there are items in italics within the policy which will require local information to be inserted. Remember that safeguarding policies should be living documents which are reviewed and re-adopted by the church on an annual basis to help ensure that effective procedures are known and put into practice.

In addition, the following documents can be displayed on church noticeboards:
Safeguarding statement of principles
Poster about who to contact
The URC Records Management Advice referred to within the model policy can be downloaded by clicking on this link:
URC Churches Archives and Records Advice (2012)

 

SOUTHERN SYNOD SAFEGUARDING POLICY – UPDATED NOVEMBER 2016

The latest edition can be downloaded by clicking on this link:
Southern Synod Safeguarding Policy (including appendices)

The URC Records Management Advice referred to in this policy can be downloaded by clicking on this link: URC Synods Records Management Advice

SAFEGUARDING TRAINING

Safeguarding training DVDs

The Children & Youth Development Officer has some safeguarding training DVDs produced by Churches Child Protection Advisory Service (CCPAS), which are available for local churches to borrow. To see details of the different DVDs, click here, or contact the CYDO on 020 8688 3730 or cydo@urcsouthern.org.uk

 

DISCLOSURE AND BARRING SERVICE CHECKS (FORMERLY CRIMINAL RECORDS BUREAU CHECKS)

The new Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) has now taken over the functions of the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).
The latest versions of all the Churches Agency for Safeguarding documents related to DBS disclosure applications are available on the CAS forms and guidence page of the Churches Agency for Safeguarding website.
In addition, documents can be found on the URC website safeguarding page offering detailed guidance about:

 

URC GOOD PRACTICE GUIDELINES (4TH EDITION)

The URC’s Good Practice Fourth Edition was published in June 2015 and can be accessed on the URC website. This includes guidelines relating to the recruitment and selection of leaders, child protection, health and safety, procedures and policies. Links to information about the use of DBS checks can be found on the URC safeguarding page.