Safeguarding Resources

The Diocese of Winchester is committed to the safeguarding, care and nurture of everyone within our church community. 

Safeguarding Information for Parishes

The first point of reference for implementing safeguarding policies and safer practice in your parishes is the Parish Safeguarding Handbook

Information on parish safeguarding roles and responsibilities (including PCC, Incumbent, Church Wardens and Parish Safeguarding Officer/Administrator) can be found here

Details of what safeguarding arrangements information should be displayed on parish websites and church notice boards can be found here

National Church Policies, Guidance and Resources

National Church Policies and Practice Guidance

National Church Templates and Resources

Local Resources

  1. Parish Safeguarding Checklist
  2. Template Parish Safeguarding Audit and Action Plan
  3. Safeguarding Referral Form
  4. Parish Safeguarding Policy Statement
  5. Template Parish Statement on Domestic Abuse
  6. Promoting a Safer Church A3 poster
  7. Code of Safer Working Practice
  8. Fact Sheet - Types of Abuse
  9. Fact Sheet - Sexting (youth produced sexual imagery)
  10. Activity Risk Assessment Template
  11. Activity Risk Assessment Form
  12. Activity and Incident Form
  13. Registration Form - Activities and Trips
  14. Leaders to Participants Ratios
  15. Photo Consent Form
  16. Social Media Consent Form
  17. Transport Consent Form
  18. Model Safeguarding Provision for Church Premises Hire
  19. Entrance Notice for Callers
  20. Keyholder Declaration
  21. Lone Working - PCC Considerations
  22. Model Risk Assessment Checklist for Home Visiting
  23. Model Personal Risk Assessment Tool
  24. Safeguarding Aide Memoire

Safer Recruitment

National Church Resources

Local and Other Resources

  1. Sample Parish Policy Statement on the Recruitment of Ex-Offenders
  2. ID checking guidelines for DBS check applications
  3. Safe Storage, Retention and Handling of DBS Certificate Information
  4. DBS Continuing Update Proforma
  5. Parish Umbrella Agreement
  6. DBS Privacy Notice - Standard/Enhanced

Safeguarding Updates/Newsletters

Useful Links