Heather Rolfe, left, Safeguarding Training Manager. Safeguarding Advisor Donna Bernard-Carlin, right.  Read more about their roles

To raise a safeguarding concern contact Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser Donna Bernard-Carlin on 01636 817200

Safeguarding Training Manager Heather Rolfe:  tel: 07921 387797

The email address for booking training course places is:

Safeguarding Information:

The Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham works to ensure the safety of children, young people and adults in our churches. We see this as a Gospel imperative, based on our understanding of the value of each individual that God has created. You can read more about the theological approach to safeguarding in the House of Bishops policy ‘Protecting all God’s Children’ which is downloadable from:

The safeguarding work in the diocese is overseen by our Safeguarding Commission, which is chaired by His Honour Judge Tony Mitchell, and includes senior clergy and representatives from the police and local authorities.

Raising a safeguarding concern – Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser Donna Bernard-Carlin on 01636 817200

DBS administration – Mrs Gill Wahlers

Children’s Ministry and DBS oversight – Donna Bernard-Carlin on 01636 817200

DBS on-line information, advice and processing – CCPAS, 0845 1204549 Ext 204.

There are a number of documents to download from the right had side of this page which will help you in your work safeguarding children, young people and adults at risk. These include policy framework documents for parishes, safeguarding training dates, and information about our new DBS on-line service. More documents are being added regularly, so keep coming back for additional help and support.

Safeguarding Audit 2016

In the Spring of 2016 year there was an audit of our safeguarding arrangements undertaken by the Social Care Institute for Excellence, SCIE, which is a charity and leading improvement support agency specialising in safeguarding.

The audit is part of a House of Bishops commitment for all Church of England Dioceses to be audited during 2016/2017. The audit process involved examination of safeguarding leadership arrangements; local policies and practice guidance; the quality of casework; recruitment and training. Progress was measured in relation to reaching nationally agreed standards informed by central House of Bishops’ approved policies.

A copy of the report can be downloaded at this link.

Safeguarding Action Plan in response to SCIE audit


We are aware that some of the language used in the policies is changing but a full-scale review of the diocesan safeguarding children and vulnerable adults policies will be carried out after the National Safeguarding Team has completed its review of the relevant policies.  Please continue to use the templates listed in this section when reviewing your individual parish policies and procedures and refer to Protecting all God’s children and Promoting a safe church.

DBS On-Line Service

All parishes and benefices have registered a Lead Recruiter to use the on-line service for accessing criminal records checks of volunteers or paid staff working with children, young people and adults at risk. This is now the only way to access these checks, and is a key part of the PCC and incumbent’s responsibility in ensuring that the church has a safe recruitment process. If you appoint people as volunteers or staff to work with children, young people or adults at risk and you have not done a DBS check on them (if appropriate) the church will be in breach of House of Bishops guidelines, and it may put your church insurance cover in jeopardy. Please note that all Churchwardens should also have a current, valid DBS check.


Donna Bernard-Carlin and Heather Rolfe offer a range of training on safeguarding issues. An additional team of Sessional Tutors will be working alongside them to increase the number of training sessions in the future. The current Safeguarding dates are listed in the download link to the right of this page entitled SAFEGUARDING TRAINING DATES.

If you hold Bishop’s Licence in any role (ordained, a reader, or a licensed lay minister) you must attend Safeguarding training every three years.

The Church of England nationally has recently launched a range of new training modules, and requirements to attend. This has introduced longer and more interactive training sessions and revised and increased requirements for the training of clergy, readers, Churchwardens, and DBS-holders. The diocese began to roll out these new Modules during the Autumn of 2016 and they have been well received.

Please look at the SAFEGUARDING TRAINING DATES listed in the download link to the right of this page where, along with dates, you will see brief details of the courses, who should attend and details of how to book your place.

More dates will be added from time-to-time, so please keep checking back regularly.