Safeguarding

Safeguarding statement:

We believe that every human being is made in the image of God. It follows that we should honour everyone regardless of their age, capabilities, gender or ethnicity.

Protecting the vulnerable, whether adults or children, is a responsibility carried by all in Christian ministry; we cannot be satisfied until we are sure we have done all in our power to protect them from harm. Our churches must be a safe haven.

Update February 2019

The Parish Safeguarding Handbook version 2, published October 2018 is now available under Parish Resources. Hardcopies of this are due to be sent out in February/March 2019. 

Safeguarding is Everyone's responsibility. 

If you have a safeguarding concern about a child or vulnerable adult please contact the safeguarding advisers (contact details listed below) or call the following:

A child or adult in Norfolk 0344 800 8020

A child or adult in Suffolk: 0808 800 4005 

Or call the police on 999

Please see further contact details of other support to anyone who has suffered abuse under Useful Contacts 

Diocese of Norwich Independent Audit in relation to Safeguarding

Safeguarding policies and practices in the Diocese of Norwich were the subject of an independent audit carried out by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) between the 7 and 9 March 2017.   The Final Report of this Audit was received on 3 May 2017 and is attached below.  The auditors spoke with a variety of people from parishes, external statutory colleagues, members of the Bishop’s immediate staff and the Diocesan Safeguarding Management Group.  The audit has helpfully enabled the Diocese to look at what has worked well and identified areas for consideration. The Action Plan covering the areas of consideration from the audit is now attached. 

 

Contact details

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If you have any questions about safeguarding please contact the Bishop's Adviser for Safeguarding, Sue Brice on 07958 377079 or email sue.brice@dioceseofnorwich.org. Postal address: Bishop's House, Norwich NR3 1SB

 

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Or alternatively contact the Bishop’s Assistant Safeguarding Adviser, Sian Griffiths on 07342 999386 or email: sian.griffiths@dioceseofnorwich.org  Postal Address: Bishop's House, Norwich NR3 1SB.  Please note Sian works on a part time basis.