Covid-19 Safeguarding Advice

Please visit the Document Library and click on Safeguarding for new resources to support work with children and young people during the pandemic. This includes advice on social media and videoconferencing, support networks and online youth work.

The Church of England also has Mental Health reflections for coping with anxiety and loneliness (March 2020) and new information in relation to Domestic Abuse during Covid-19 (April 2020).

The Church of England and Thirtyone:eight websites are regularly updating their pages so please check them when you can.

The Disclosure helpline remains open to answer any questions you may have. However, with staff working remotely, it may take a little longer than usual to answer your call. The telephone number is 0303 003 1111 option 1.

DBS checks

For information on how the Coronavirus pandemic is affecting DBS check, please vist the Safer Recruitment page.

Online meetings

  • Do not make meetings or classrooms public. In Zoom, there are two options to make a meeting private: require a meeting password or use the waiting room feature and control the admittance of guests. This has been switched on now and should come into effect immediately.
  • Do not share a link to a teleconference or classroom on an unrestricted publicly available social media post. Provide the link directly to specific people.
  • Manage screensharing options. In Zoom, change screensharing to Host Only.
  • Ensure users are using the updated version of remote access/meeting applications. In January 2020, Zoom updated their software. In their security update, the teleconference software provider added passwords by default for meetings and disabled the ability to randomly scan for meetings to join. The latest app is being installed and reported by Zoom.
  • Lastly, ensure that your organisations telework policy or guide addresses requirements for physical and information security.

Considerations around online worship

Guidelines are proided around online worship and use of images.Whilst we would encourage you strongly not to simply record your service in church but produce something online that may be shorter, if you do or use part of a recorded service you must ensure all consents are in place for children, young people and adults at risk. Ensuring that consent is gained should be part of our normal parish safeguarding practice, but this is an important reminder for any online worship that is shared.

Photographs and video recordings are personal data as far as data protection legislation is concerned and must be used responsibly.

Please ensure

  • That a clear announcement is made at the beginning of the service, before any recording begins, that the service will be recorded and to ask those who do not wish to be on the video to make themselves known. This group of people should be assured that they wont appear and every effort should be taken to ensure that is the case.It is important to ensure that this announcement happens every week to account for changes of attendees in the congregation and peoples preference which can change, particularly if they are vulnerable/at risk.
  • Written consent should be obtained from parents and carers if children and young people are involved in the service, for example, if they are serving, reading or leading prayers.Consent forms are available from the Diocesan Childrens and Youth Officers. It is important that you have both consent to take the photos or video footage and to use it. When obtaining this consent you must state clearly where the video footage will be posted/used, for example posted on parish website, shared on Facebook or Twitter. 

When you register for online learning modules you will be required to use your own email address. If you only have access to a shared email address please contact the help desk for assistance.

Please email to arrange a call about how the SafeToNet safeguarding can help you safeguard children in your diocese

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