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

URC Safeguarding Officer

If the Southern Synod safeguarding personnel are unavailable and you need advice urgently, please contact the URC Safeguarding Officer:

Ioannis Athanasiou, 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.

 

SOUTHERN SYNOD SAFEGUARDING POLICY – UPDATED JULY 2018

The latest edition can be downloaded by clicking on this link:
Southern Synod Safeguarding Policy (Updated Aug 2018)

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

 

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

The United Reformed Church currently uses the Due Diligence Checking Ltd (DDC) to process our DBS checks for those working with children and adults at risk.  Checks for Minsters and Assembly Accredited Lay Preachers are processed by the URC Ministries office.  DBS checks should be renewed every five years.

Information for churches and DBS verifiers can be found on the URC website.

 

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.