The Safeguarding Team is available to support parishes and Diocesan staff when safeguarding concerns arise about a Church Officer. A Church Officer is anyone who undertakes a role for or on behalf of the Church of England. The role could be paid or voluntary and must be covered under the activities of the Parochial Church Council (PCC) at a parish level or the Diocese. We can advise parishes where they have complex situations and where there is a need to link into the statutory agencies working in safeguarding. The team also has a role to play in assessing and supporting those who may pose a risk to others who wish to worship in our churches. We also run a series of training courses and events to support Parish Safeguarding Officers.
We aim to treat everyone with respect and while some of our decisions can be difficult, we will always provide a reason for them. We have built a team from different professional background, but all have extensive experience in working in safeguarding. Our aim in all we do is to work together to ensure our places of worship are as safe as we can make them for all. Come and meet the team.
Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser Julian Hodgson
I am a qualified Social Worker and joined the Church of England as a DSA in 2009. I came to Southwell and Nottingham Diocese in 2020 to set up the current team. My background in Social Work included various management roles in Local Authority mostly in Child Protection. Before becoming a DSA I held the Parish Safeguarding Officer role for 5yrs in my own church where I continue to worship.
Tel: DD: 01636 817983 Mob: 07803 431068
Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser Lucy Grimsey
I am a qualified Social Worker and joined the Diocesan Safeguarding Team in September 2021. My background has been in Social Work, Child Protection and prior to this I worked for different organisaKons with children, young people, and vulnerable adults.
Tel: DD: 01636 817985 Mob: 07917693285
Safeguarding Training Manager Heather Rolfe
I am the Safeguarding Training Manager for the Diocese. I organise and deliver the National Safeguarding team’s programme of training to suit local need. Together with a team of very highly skilled and experienced Sessional tutors to support me, ensure that our churches meet the requirements of the CofE’s Safeguarding Policies. We deliver training which is faithful to the Guidance issued by the National team.
Tel: 07921 387797 or: 01636 817200
DBS Administrator Full Time Dawn Todd
Dawn is the newest member of the team having joined us at the end of November 2021. Dawn brings a wealth of experience from her years working at the University and previously in a Residential Social Care setting. Dawn is responsible for clergy and Licensed lay workers’ DBS applications but will also assist parishes needing support with the DBS process or the Parish Dashboard. Dawn also sets up training on Eventbrite and provides other admin assistance to the team.
Tel: 01636 817205
Safeguarding Case Worker John Jones
I am specifically tasked with assisting and taking the lead on cases. I previously worked in Nottinghamshire Police Service for 28 years where in the latter part of my service I managed teams which investigated offences relating to child abuse, domestic violence, sexual offences and vulnerable adults.
Tel: 01636 817997
Independent Chair of the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Panel (DSAP) Barry Earnshaw
I have been the Independent Chair of the DSAP since 2019. I have extensive experience in the field of Adult safeguarding having worked in the statutory and voluntary sector at senior managerial level for over 25 yrs. Until early 2021 I was the Independent Chair of a Local Safeguarding Adults Board, having served for 6yrs as either the Deputy Chair or Chair. I am also a member of the East Midlands Safeguarding Adult Board Chairs’ Network. firstname.lastname@example.org
Arrangements for seasonal shutdown:
Christmas 2021: Voicemail messages and the email@example.com e-mail address will be monitored daily between 24/12/2021 to 28/12/2021 by the DSA and between 29/12/2021 to 03/01/2022 by the Assistant DSA.