Safeguarding during the covid-19 pandemic
Church life for all of us is going to change significantly over the coming period with the emergence of the global pandemic - covid19. It is till however very important that we still work together to meet the needs of vulnerable people in our communities. The following safeguarding advice based is on national guidance, to go alongside our existing safeguarding policy and principles.
Please help us to ensure good safeguarding practice continues to be observed.
Additionally, it will be good to protect your devices from the latest threats. For information on how to update your devices, please visit:
The good news about DBS checks if you need them is that the DBS have relaxed their procedures about verifying. You no longer need to see the documents physically and can either see them by video link or be sent scanned copies. Do remember to delete them of course!
If you want more information about the DBS approach please use this link https://www.gov.uk/government/news/covid-19-changes-to-dbs-id-checking-guidelines
Our overarching body Due Diligence checking (DDC) remains open. Please see this link for their information https://www.ddc.uk.net/company/ddc-response-to-covid-19-outbreak/
Reports from China revealed that incidents of domestic abuse tripled in February 2020, compared to the previous year. Of course, COVID-19 cannot cause domestic abuse, just as alcohol, drugs, unemployment etc. do not cause it. Existing research highlights that natural disasters and diseases are factors in increased reports of domestic abuse.
Here are a few things that might be useful for people to consider:
We pray you all stay safe and well and look forward to the time when we can support each other safely face to face.
Donna Gordon, Synod Safeguarding Officer
SAFEGUARDING: General Information
The West Midlands Synod is committed to the principle, policy and procedures of safeguarding for children, young people and adults at risk.
We strongly recommend and actively support the adoption of a policy and procedural system for all our individual churches.
Support, resources and training are available and provided both at Synod and Assembly level.
A handbook for safeguarding Children and Young People and the same for Adults at Risk, containing various templates and including a suggested policy, statement, recommended paperwork, etc. all of which are downloadable from the Assembly website in the Resources Section under Safeguarding or by hard copy from the Synod Office.
For further help, advice and support, or to report any safeguarding concerns, please contact:
The Synod Office on 0121 783 1177 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.