Appendix A2

The role of a Church Safeguarding Co-ordinator (CSC)

Context

We believe that children and adults at risk deserve the best possible care that the church can provide and that the church should be a safe place for everyone involved. We recognise and give thanks for the time and devotion given by anyone carrying out this role.

 

Purpose of the role

  • To coordinate safeguarding policy and procedures in the church.
  • To be the first point of contact for safeguarding issues.
  • To be an advocate for good safeguarding practice in the church.

 

Responsibilities

To coordinate safeguarding policy and procedures in the church

  • To familiarise themselves with church policies and procedures and URC good practice guidelines in safeguarding and to keep abreast of any changes and developments.
  • To ensure that church policies and procedures are reviewed annually, kept up to date,
    and are fit for purpose.
  • To make sure that elders and others in the church aware of the church safeguarding policies and procedures, including URC guidelines and Charity Commission responsibilities.
  • To collaborate with the Deputy Safeguarding Coordinator (when there is one), the minister, the DBS/PVG signatory people and the Synod Safeguarding Officer on all matters around safeguarding.
  • To ensure safer recruitment practices are operated in the recruitment of all workers
    (both volunteers and paid) including, but not exclusively, ensuring that the relevant workers have up to date Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) / Protecting Vulnerable Groups scheme (PVG) checks.
  • To review and ensure others’ safeguarding policies and arrangements are in place when any church premises are let to an external organisation, informal group or individual.

 

To be the first point of contact for safeguarding issues

  • To be a named person that children / adults at risk, church members and outside agencies can talk to regarding any issue to do with safeguarding.
  • To be aware of the names and telephone numbers of appropriate departments and teams within Social Care and the Police in the event of a referral needing to be made.
  • To be aware of when to seek advice, and when it is necessary to inform Social Care, the Police or the Designated Officer (previously known as LADO) or the equivalent in Scotland and Wales of a concern or incident.
  • To take appropriate action in relation to any safeguarding concerns which arise within
    the church.
  • To ensure safe practice is in place for supporting people who pose a risk to children and adults at risk at church.
  • To cooperate with Social Care or the Police in safeguarding investigations relating to people within the church.

 

  • To ensure that appropriate records are kept by the church, and that information in relation to safeguarding issues is handled confidentially and stored securely.
  • To inform the Synod Safeguarding Officer about any referrals made to the statutory authorities, or of any information received from the statutory authorities.
  • To report safeguarding information annually to the Eldership/Church Meeting and the Synod Safeguarding Officer, using the Appendix H1 as part of the annual returns process, to enable them to monitor safeguarding in the Synod.

 

To be an advocate for good safeguarding practice in the church

  • To promote sensitivity within the church towards all those affected by the impact of abuse.
  • To promote positive safeguarding procedures and practice and ensure procedures are adhered to.
  • To arrange and/or promote opportunities for training in safeguarding to any relevant members of the leadership team and all people involved in regulated activities with children or adults (including Ministers, staff and volunteers), as recommended by the synod, and ensure that their training is renewed every three years.
  • To attend appropriate training for the role, including refresher training every three years, and keep updated on matters related to safeguarding.
  • To seek appropriate support and advice in carrying out this role.
  • To make arrangements for a suitable person to carry out this role when on leave, and to publicise who the substitute is and the dates of the alternative arrangements.

 

Requirements for the role

  • To have knowledge of policy and practice for safeguarding children and/or adults at risk.
  • Good communication (written and oral) skills
  • Be willing to attend appropriate safeguarding training/refresher training organised by
    the synod.
  • Be willing to be easily contactable – and prepared to make contact details public to enable direct contact when needed.