PARISH SAFEGUARDING RESOURCES
Each parish should appoint a Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO) who is available to support members of the congregation locally, and work with the safeguarding team as required. PSO’s receive a national induction course and are appointed by the Vicar working alongside the PCC. Parishes also appoint a lead recruiter to administer safer recruitment and DBS applications within the parish. Some smaller parishes have opted to combine the PSO and Lead Recruiter roles given their more limited resources.
The safeguarding team hold termly briefing sessions via Zoom for all PSOs and Lead Recruiters. The meetings take place virtually in the last week of January, the middle of May and the last week in September. We accompany the meeting with a termly Newsletter that covers the same information, and a little bit more, as the virtual meeting. The latest Newsletter is attached.
Once a year we will provide an invitation to a Safeguarding Event to provide information, a chance to meet the team and a thank you to those PSOs and Lead Recruiters who volunteer and work hard to keep our churches safer worshipping environments.
On the second Sunday in October we encourage all our churches to celebrate Safeguarding Sunday and dedicate the work of PSOs Lead Recruiters and those working in safeguarding across the diocese. Service materials are issued each year by the Bishop’s Office and will be available here from early September.
Support for the use of the ‘Parish Dashboard’
Pete Edwards has very kindly offered to be our ‘Parish Dashboard Ambassador’! Pete is a PSO for three churches in the Churches of Sherwood Forest benefice and is very experienced with using the dashboard.
Whether you would like support to access the dashboard and start using it from scratch, or if you have any other dashboard queries, please do contact Pete and he will be very happy to offer you support.
You can contact Pete via his email address or on his mobile:
firstname.lastname@example.org / 07754 567043
Safer Environments and Activities – this contains guidance for filming and photography