- Procedures for responding to and reporting concerns
- Codes of safe practice
- Safer Recruitment procedures
Any concerns raised in parishes should be brought to the attention of the Church Safeguarding Officer, who can seek advice from the DST. Other areas of the Diocese (e.g. chaplaincies) should contact the DST directly.Safeguarding concerns can be raised by phone or by email. Concerns raised via email should be sent to our Safeguarding Inbox in the first instance: firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, to speak to a member of the DST, please call our Safeguarding Helpline on 020 7932 1224. If you wish to speak to a specific member of the team, please find their contact details below: Annette Gordon, Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser – email@example.com, 020 7932 1124 Maggie McMahon, Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday) – firstname.lastname@example.org, 020 3837 5101 Andrew Munro, Assistant Safeguarding Adviser (two days a week) – email@example.com, 020 3837 5092 Aileen Stamate, Safeguarding Manager – firstname.lastname@example.org, 020 3837 5093 Josephine Carter, Safeguarding Assistant – email@example.com, 020 3837 5098 Out of hours advice can be sought from the Thirtyone:eight helpline on 0303 003 1111, selecting option 2. Thirtyone:eight is an independent charity which works in close partnership with the DST. The DST receives notification of any advice given by Thirtyone:eight.
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) applications
We now process all DBS applications online using the eBulk system, which is managed by Thirtyone:eight. All those working in a paid or voluntary capacity with children, young people or vulnerable adults require a DBS check as part of the safer recruitment process. A new DBS disclosure should be requested every five years.
Each parish should have appointed a Lead Recruiter to manage the DBS process and may also choose to appoint additional Evidence Checkers.
For any queries around how the DBS process works in the Diocese, please contact the DST. For enquiries about the eBulk system (including login and password queries) or eligibility for DBS checks for specific roles in your parish, please contact Thirtyone:eight on 0303 003 1111, selecting option 1.