safeguarding

Safeguarding Representatives and Religious Safeguarding Leads

Role Requirements for a Safeguarding Representative:

To be responsible for ensuring that the parish and local community are aware of the importance of protecting children and vulnerable adults.

To promote good practice and safe practice, and advise on appropriate and non-appropriate behaviour in the parish and community in respect of all parish activities involving children and vulnerable adults.

To develop good links of communication throughout the parish and community and will be/become familiar with the various activities in which children and vulnerable adults are to be involved.

To maintain regular communication with the Diocesan Safeguarding Co-ordinator and attend training such as provided.

To be familiar with the National/Diocesan policies and procedures and will need to be willing to be part of his/her Pastoral Area Group working to promote the implementation of the policies and procedures locally.

To act as the central point for concerns to be shared, then recorded confidentially and passed on to the Safeguarding Co-ordinator in respect of any issues to do with child protection or any concern about vulnerable adults.

To be familiar with, have access to, and be able to display information in the parish Church in respect of National Helplines and Church Child Protection Policies.

To administer the application process for parish volunteers working with children and vulnerable adults including the DBS process, in line with national policies.

Support for Safeguarding Representatives and Religious Safeguarding Leads

It is important to have support processes in place in order to help Safeguarding Representatives and Religious Safeguarding Leads to carry out the responsibilities of their role. By ‘support’ we mean the provision of information, advice and guidance, and guaranteed access to a named person responsible for this. It also means providing a listening ear when necessary.

It is important that people carrying out safeguarding roles in the Church have access to regular support to help them to perform their role well and to reduce any risk of stress. It is also necessary to be proactive in making support available; this means that representatives should know when they can expect to see or hear from people who are responsible for supporting them and that they feel able to ask for help when they need it without feeling that they shouldn’t be bothering anyone.

Support for representatives will be provided by Safeguarding Coordinator, Safeguarding Support Officer, Parish Priests, other Safeguarding Representatives and Religious Leads and possibly Commission members.

Support is frequently provided in groups, at Pastoral meetings or training events, or by telephone or email contact, or through newsletters. What is important is that safeguarding representatives can rely on support and know what to expect.

If a Safeguarding Representative and Religious Lead is encountering difficulties with the responsibility of their role, they will be able to discuss any problems with the Safeguarding Coordinator or Safeguarding Support Officer.

Process of Recruitment of Safeguarding Representative (SR)

The Parish Priest will pass on potential new SR details to the Safeguarding Office. The Safeguarding office will send out a welcome letter to the potential new SR. The welcome letter will include the SR role description and it will ask the potential new SR:

  • For their two referees (Names and addresses)
  • Completion of a DBS application if needed
  • Signing up to online Safeguarding training (Educare)

The Safeguarding Office will send out reference letters to the referees and input DBS application when the SR has completed their application. When the references and DBS is completed (if needed), the Safeguarding office will arrange to meet with the potential new SR to induct them to their role. This meeting with include:

  • Completion of safer recruitment for volunteers
  • DBS paperwork
  • Discussing the role description of an SR
  • Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service Policies and procedures
  • Making a parish environment safe
  • Training and development of the SR

When this has been completed, the Parish priest will be informed the recruitment process of the SR has been completed and the SR has been recruited to the post.

Process of Recruitment of a Religious Safeguarding Lead (RSL)

The Religious Superior will pass on potential new RSL details to the Safeguarding Office. The Safeguarding office will send out a welcome letter to the potential new RSL. The welcome letter will will ask the potential new RSL:

  • Completion of a DBS application if needed
  • Signing up to online Safeguarding training (Educare)

The Safeguarding Office will then input DBS application when the RSL has completed their application. When the DBS is completed (if needed), the Safeguarding office will arrange to meet with the potential new RSL to induct them to their role. This meeting with include:

  • DBS paperwork
  • Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service Policies and procedures
  • Making a environment safe
  • Training and development of the RSL

When this has been completed, the Religious Superior will be informed the recruitment process of the RSL has been completed and the RSL has been recruited to the post.

Please click on the sections below to access the relevant forms and information required by Safeguarding Representatives and Religious Safeguarding Leads.

Blank so all are closed
DBS Forms

To request copies of the DBS application form, please email the Safeguarding Office: safeguardingadmin@northamptondiocese.com
Copies of the DBS Application Form Continuation Sheet can be downloaded from the DBS website, using this link.

Click the links below to access the current version of the supporting Church forms required for a DBS application (or most of these can be found on: https://csas.uk.net/procedures-manual/#cat-6)

Role Descriptions
Safer Recruitment

Click the links below to access the current version of the supporting Church forms required for a Safer Recruitment:

DBS Training

The Safeguarding Office training presentation on how to complete the DBS application form can be downloaded here.

Policies
Northampton Diocese is guided by the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service, therefore for all policies please visit: https://www.csas.uk.net/

X