Parish websites - Safeguarding Information

Posted on Tuesday 5 March 2019
It has been the House of Bishops policy position that parishes need to display information about their safeguarding arrangements.

In the document entitled “Key Roles and Responsibilities of Church Office Holders and Bodies Practice Guidance (2017)” (found here), section 3, it is stated that the parish will display:

  • A formal statement of adoption of the House of Bishops’ – “Promoting a Safer Church; safeguarding policy statement”. This should be signed on behalf of the PCC
  • Contact details of the PSO (Parish Safeguarding Officer), churchwarden and any other local leaders
  • Information about where to get help with child and adult safeguarding issues e.g. local authority contact details, domestic abuse and key helplines e.g. ChildLine (see Appendix 5 for Model ‘safeguarding in parishes-who’s who’) 

In addition, the “Parish Safeguarding Handbook (October 2018)”, (found on this page here) launched in July 2018, offered additional guidance that a parish should also ‘ensure that safeguarding arrangements are clearly visible on the front page of the parish website’

It was left to local determination about what information to put on the website, while recognising that not all parishes have their own website. If your parish doesn’t have a website, you should consider ensuring relevant information is added to your churches page on the National Church’s A Church Near You website. 

This website already ensures there is a ‘safeguarding’ tab on every page, which will take the user through to a map highlighting diocesan safeguarding details. What you can do in addition is highlighted below. 

A Church Near You and Safeguarding information

There is a link on the bottom of every page on A Church Near You to a map linking to all diocesan safeguarding contacts. This also shows on every parish ACNY page. 

Churches can add a page to their ACNY profile with their local Safeguarding details. A guide on how to add pages to ACNY can be found on the editor help centre section, linked here - https://achurchnearyou.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360010073334-Add-pages-change-the-order-of-pages-and-delete-pages 

The Editor Help Centre also provides blogs on how to use ACNY more widely, including how to become an editor if your church does not yet use the site.