There is a renewed emphasis being placed on Church Council members to understand that they have the responsibility for safeguarding in their churches. Church Councils are asked, annually, to identify someone to oversee the day to day administration of safeguarding by appointing a Church Safeguarding Officer, however council members need to be sure the safeguarding officer is adequately supported in order to fulfil their duties.
In a similar vein the District has a responsibility to make sure Church Council Members know how they can support their Safeguarding Officer.
Therefore, I'm pleased to announce 7 bespoke information sessions for Church Council members and new in post Church Safeguarding Officers. The sessions, all on Zoom, will last for 1 hour and look at individual aspects of the Church Safeguarding Policy.
Hints and tips will be given on how to support the Safeguarding Officer with that particular aspect. There will also opportunity for people to share successful approaches and to brainstorm problems.
I suggest that a different Council Member attends each session; not only does that share the work load but it also means more than one council members will have a greater understanding of safeguarding.
Whilst the sessions are aimed at Church Council members they may also be useful for new in post or struggling Church Safeguarding Officers. We will be unpicking best practise expectations which would provide an excellent foundation on which to build.
Below is the schedule for the 2021/ 2022 Connexional year, staring in October. I have outlined what each session will be focusing on so that council members can decide who would be the most suitable to attend. Please book on to individual sessions using the corresponding link.
Attending the support sessions won't leave council members with a list of job they have to do but rather help them to understand
a) just what their safeguarding officer is expected to do in the role and
b) how they can be supported effectively.
Tuesday 19/10/2021 -- Safeguarding Officer Basics -- https://safeguardingsupport – 1.eventbrite.co.uk
Wednesday 17/11/20201 -- Recording and reporting of concerns -- https://safeguardingsupport – 2.eventbrite.co.uk
Thursday 13/01/2022 -- Providing Support (Health and Safety) -- https://safeguardingsupport – 3.eventbrite.co.uk
Tuesday15/02/2022 -- Providing support (Safer Recruitment) -- https://safeguardingsupport – 4.eventbrite.co.uk
Tuesday22/03/2022 -- Safeguarding Training -- https://safeguardingsupport – 5.eventbrite.co.uk
Wednesday18/05/2022 -- Safeguarding practice on church premises -- https://safeguardingsupport – 6.eventbrite.co.uk
Thursday23/06/2022 -- Promoting of safeguarding, including the CS policy -- https://safeguardingsupport – 7.eventbrite.co.uk