Role of Parish Safeguarding Officer
The role of the Parish Safeguarding Officer is
- to take responsibility to ensure the PCC complies with the safe recruitment process as outlined below
- to collate and clarify the precise details of any allegation or suspicion, and pass this information to the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser. On rare occasions it may be necessary to inform the local Children, School and Families department or the Police immediately. A list of contact numbers can be found here. In this event the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser must be informed as soon as is practicable. Under such circumstances, due consideration should be given to seeking medical attention as a priority.
It is important to remember that no one within the Church should become involved in investigating which is a clearly defined legal obligation placed on the local authority and Police. Any concerns about a child or the conduct of an adult towards a child, or children should be referred to the Parish Safeguarding Co-ordinator, who should then consult with the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser.