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Safeguarding Toolkit

This section contains advice and documents to help you ensure that your church complies with current safeguarding advice.

The Parish Safeguarding Checklist is a short summary of the what a parish needs to do to meet its safeguarding requirements. 

Key roles and responsibilities of Church office holders and Bodies Practice Guidance

Risk Assessment form

Risk Assessment form notes

Parental consent form

Further resources from the National Safeguarding Team can be found at Church of England Safeguarding Resources


Safeguarding Information on your church's website

Your church website must contain details of who the parish safeguarding coordinator is and how they can be contacted.

We also kindly request that your parish website describes the arrangement that the diocese has with an external partner which provides DBS services, a helpline and support in case you unable to contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser in an emergency. We suggest that churches include the following statement on their websites:

"The Diocese of Manchester partners with thirtyone:eight in relation to Disclosure (i.e. DBS) services and accessing their safeguarding Helpline when required. For DBS related queries, please contact them on 0303 003 1111 option 1.

In the event of the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser being unavailable due to being on holiday or other absence, you will be advised to contact thirtyone:eight for safeguarding advice on 0303 003 1111. This also includes any emergency safeguarding queries outside of office hours on weekdays and weekends. An Information Sharing Agreement between the two organisations will allow fhe Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser to receive a copy of the advice thirtyone:eight may offer the parish church/caller.

The Diocese of Manchester also uses thirtyone:eight as its approved Listening Service provider, supporting anyone impacted by abuse. Should you be interested in this service, please contact he Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser in the first instance and we will offer you more information. You can read more about thirtyone:eight's Listening service here:

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