We believe that every human being is made in the image of God. It follows that we should honour everyone regardless of their age, capabilities, gender or ethnicity.
Protecting the vulnerable, whether adults or children, is a responsibility carried by all in Christian ministry; we cannot be satisfied until we are sure we have done all in our power to protect them from harm. Our churches must be a safe haven.
Update October 2018
The Parish Safeguarding Handbook version 2, published October 2018 is now available under Parish Resources. Please note there will be further amendments to this. Hardcopies of the Handbook we are told will be available in the New Year.
Reporting a concern about a Child Norfolk
From 18th October there is a new process for raising a concern about a child:
- If you have a concern about a child or children please telephone the Children’s Advice and Duty Service (CADS) on 0344 800 8021 immediately.
- You will be put through to a Social Worker who will take all of the relevant details.
- You will need to make sure you are prepared with full details of the child and family, plus what your concerns are, details of any support you have provided to the child/family and what you would like to happen.
- You will need to gain consent from the parent/carer unless to do so would place the child at further risk of harm or undermine a criminal investigation.
- If you have not sought consent from the parent/carer you will inform the CADS worker of this and the reason for this.
- The CADS worker will agree a way forward with you and keep you informed. They will send you a written record of the conversation within 5 working days. The outcomes could include a full referral to the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) for further investigation, the Police, or for work with Early Help.
- You should not investigate and will need to be led by the Local Authority and/or the Police.
- You will need to make careful records of all conversations, in ink, including the dates and times of who you spoke to, the information shared and the action agreed.
- You do not need to send a written referral.
Full details on this process can be found at www.norfolklscb.org under ‘How to Raise a Concern’.
If you are unhappy about a decision made by CADS or MASH you can use the Resolving Professional Disagreements policy on www.norfolklscb.org and contact the Safer Programme for more advice on this process.
If you have any questions about this please do get in contact with us and we’ll happily explain the procedure to you. Full details are available on our website. We understand this is a change to procedures and would value your feedback on using the CADS. If you have feedback please let us know at email@example.com
Diocese of Norwich Independent Audit in relation to Safeguarding
Safeguarding policies and practices in the Diocese of Norwich were the subject of an independent audit carried out by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) between the 7 and 9 March 2017. The Final Report of this Audit was received on 3 May 2017 and is attached below. The auditors spoke with a variety of people from parishes, external statutory colleagues, members of the Bishop’s immediate staff and the Diocesan Safeguarding Management Group. The audit has helpfully enabled the Diocese to look at what has worked well and identified areas for consideration. The Action Plan covering the areas of consideration from the audit is now attached.
Independent Audit - Final Report (.pdf / 472.41 kb)
Action Plan (August 2017) (.docx / 67.56 kb)
If you have any questions about safeguarding please contact the Bishop's Adviser for Safeguarding, Sue Brice on 07958 377079 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Postal address: Bishop's House, Norwich NR3 1SB
Or alternatively contact the Bishop’s Assistant Safeguarding Adviser, Sian Griffiths on 07342 999386 or email: email@example.com Postal Address: Bishop's House, Norwich NR3 1SB. Please note Sian works on a part time basis.