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February 2016

Latest news and information for safeguarding officers


This newsletter aims to provide the latest safeguarding developments and updates from the Diocese of Gloucester. If you have any questions or require further information or advice, contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team on 01452 835516.

Dear Nominated People


New Year has been an exciting time for us in the Safeguarding team. 

We were pleased that so many of you came to the Thank You Evening with Bishop Rachel, Judith and myself last week. It was great to put some more names to faces. We have had positive feedback form those that attended and hope to put on a similar event in the future. 

For those who could not make it, thank you for the work that you do in parishes to make our churches as safe as possible. 

Best Wishes

Becca, Judith and Kate

Training events this season

Tuesday 8 March 1.30pm - 4pm


Wednesday 16 March 2016 7pm - 9.30pm

Thursday 19 May 7pm-9.30pm
St Lawrence Church Centre, Countess Lilias Road, Cirencester, GL7 1SU

Laud Room, Church House, Gloucester, GL1 2LY

St Barnabas Church hall, Orchard Way, Cheltenham, GL51 7JY

Safeguarding in bell towers


The Central Council of Church Bell Ringers have produced a "General Statement on Safeguarding Children in Towers" which they have written with the National Safeguarding Team.The document can be found on the Church of England website. This guidance also directly refers to the 2015 Church of England Safer Recruitment guidance. This statement has guidance on safer recruitment, DBS checks and safeguarding training.

Please can you talk to your Incumbent and Tower Captain about the document. It has three main implications for current practice which I have picked out below: 

1. "Bell Ringers who teach or train children plus the Tower Captains who manage those adults who teach and train are eligible for a criminal records check."  If the tower does not currently have children they are still eligible for a check as they are then prepared if any child does wish to join the band.

2. It also states that the Tower Captains and Deputy/ assistant/ bell ringing teachers/ trainers must attend Diocesan Safeguarding training. 

3. A driver organised by the church or the bell tower to transport children is also eligible for a DBS check irrespective of the frequency that this happens.

If you have any questions regarding this please contact Becca or Judith if you have any questions regarding this. We will also include this information in the Bulletin in February.
 

Family Information Service

If you are looking for extra support for families or if you wish to advertise groups/ events (eg Messy Church) that you are running, the Family Information Service are really helpful. 

They have a website which you can search for family activities, play schemes, childcare options, you can phone them on 0800 542 02 02 / 01452 427362 or email them at familyinfo@gloucestershire.gov.uk 

Domestic abuse support


GDASS (Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Support Service) offer two courses which they would like us to promote.

The Crush Project is a group programme which is aimed at young people 13 - 19 years old who have witnessed or experienced domestic abuse. It aims to provide awareness of what constitutes a healthy or unhealthy relationship through group work.

Trust and understanding family group is for children and mothers who have experienced and witnessed domestic abuse and is led by a number of professionals from different  agencies. The programme is specifically designed to provide children with the opportunity to think about  and understand the violence and abuse they have witnessed. The children’s group meet separately to the mother’s group, both groups meet on a weekly basis

If you know people who may be interested in either of these groups please contact GDASS on 0845 602 9035 or gdass.admin@gdass.org.uk

Relate (based in Cheltenham) offer free counselling to victims of domestic abuse. There are two main criteria:
1. The person has to have been out of the abusive relationship for at least six months.
2. They have to have children under 18 years old.

They have a website or you can contact them by telephone 01242 523215.

 

Helpline volunteers wanted 


GRASAC (Gloucestershire Rape and Sexual Violence Advice Centre) are looking for women aged over 18 years to provide emotional support on their telephone helpline to women and girls who have experienced rape, sexual assault, or sexual abuse at any time in their lives.

If you would like to make a real difference to the lives of women and girls and would like to be part of this small and professional organisation, then please go along to their Information Evening in central Gloucester on:

Thursday, 11 February 2016, 7pm – 8.30pm

Please contact Julia at julia@glosrasac.org.uk or call them on 01452 305 421 for more details or to book your place.

Personal alarm


The Hollie Gazzard Trust was set up by the Gazzard family in memory of their daughter Hollie who was murdered by her ex-partner. He was abusive to her and the Trust was set up to raise awareness of domestic abuse.

They have have launched an app for smart phones called Hollie Guard which turns your phone into a personal safety device. If you are in danger you simply shake your phone to generate an alert, your location, audio and video evidence of the incident will automatically be sent to your emergency contact via text and email. Shake it again and it sends out a high pitched alarm and the flash starts to strobe, in order to attract maximum attention.

We think this is a useful app for people to download who work on their own to help keep themselves safe. 

To download the app you need to register first on their website. You are then sent a text with a link to google play or the app store, you click on the link and you can then download the app for free. You need to add in emergency contacts and then it is ready to use. 

Risk assessment for individuals who may pose risk to children or adults


The Church of England has updated its guidance on assessing risk in those who may pose a risk to children and adults and we have put a link to this on our website

Becca has put together a document for those who already have offenders worshipping in their churches. This document highlights the changes to how we work with offenders alongside the police and probation. This will be sent out to incumbents and nominated people who have offenders worshipping in their churches.

All those who have offenders worshiping with them have current agreements in place and work closely with Becca Faal. 

If you are working with Becca to support an offender in your church please do read the document and discuss it with your incumbent. If you have any questions please do get in touch with Becca.
 

Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse  (IICSA)


This national independent inquiry chaired by the Hon Lowell Goddard, has been set up to investigate the extent to which institutions in England and Wales have taken seriously their duty of care to protect children from sexual abuse in England and Wales. 

The Church is a part of this inquiry and in addition for the Church of England the inquiry will undertake a review of the Bishop Peter Ball case.  The key advice for churches at this stage is that all records and paperwork for safeguarding should be kept securely and not destroyed.  We don’t know yet what the Inquiry will ask to see and its possible that there might be information held locally that will be requested.  So all records, minutes, notes, and correspondence should not be destroyed but kept securely.  As soon as we have heard more we will keep you updated. The Church is a part of this inquiry. The inquiry will undertake a review of the Peter Ball case.

The Diocese, like all the other dioceses, has a working group looking into what sort of evidence, records etc we may need to provide. If you have any questions about any records you have or about the Inquiry generally do get in touch with Judith.

Contact the Safeguarding Team

Judith Knight

Head of Human Resources and Safeguarding

jknight@glosdioc.org.uk
01452 835526             

Becca Faal

Safeguarding Officer

bfaal@glosdioc.org.uk
01452 835516
For out of hours urgent safeguarding advice 07944 680320

Kate Peake

HR/Safeguarding DBS Administrator

kpeake@glosdioc.org.uk
01452 835558
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