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Safeguarding Policies

Policy within the diocese

In the Diocese of Worcester we follow and are committed to the Church of England's House of Bishops’ Safeguarding Policies and the relevant statutory legislation and guidance "Working together" to ensure the welfare of children and young people is paramount.

Documents that sit alongside the House of Bishops Policies (PDF):

Policy Statements

Links to useful national policy documents

Practice Guidance

Joint Practice Guidance with The Methodist Church

Parish policies

Other sample policies below (PDFs):

Independent Chair of Safeguarding

The Diocesan Safeguarding Group has the responsibility of the governance of safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults in the Church of England in the Diocese of Worcester. The key purpose of the Group is to ensure that proper safeguarding procedures are in place, that all Church bodies and relevant people are aware of them and of their responsibilities, that they are being effectively implemented and that appropriate training is provided. The Independent Chair of the Diocesan Safeguarding Group is Richard Carter.

Richard qualified as a social worker in 1977 and worked in Children’s Services in Somerset and Cornwall for 14 years before moving to Worcestershire. He was a senior manager with responsibility for child protection in South Worcestershire in the 1990s. In 1999 he moved to the Social Services Inspectorate of the Department of Health, and then in 2002 to Dudley MBC where he held the posts of Assistant Director and, briefly, acting Director of Adult Social Services, before retiring from local government in 2011. Richard continues to practice as an independent social worker in children and adult safeguarding.