Ensure your church website is compliant with safeguarding policy

Published on: 8 March 2019

The Church of England’s Parish Safeguarding Handbook (available at www.DofN.org/safeguardinghandbook) which all parishes and clergy are required to comply with, states that parishes must “ensure that safeguarding arrangements are clearly visible on the front page of the parish website”.

A link entitled “Safeguarding” in the header or footer of your site, or indeed solely on the homepage of your site, is sufficient. We advise parishes to include the following information on the page it links to:

  1. Link to the Diocesan Safeguarding web pages at www.dioceseofnorwich.org/training/safeguarding – this page has the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor’s contact details and details of how anyone can report a concern.
  2. Give clear information about who to contact in the benefice (your Named Persons) if anyone has safeguarding concerns, and include their contact details.

If you do not have a parish website but use A Church Near You, the Parish Safeguarding Handbook states “in this situation the parish may want to offer some information on the A Church Near You website.” We recommend therefore that you apply the information outlined above on your A Church Near You site. For help with ACNY, visit their help centre at www.DofN.org/acnysupport

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