Peter Bradley talks Safeguarding

Archdeacon Peter Bradley talks about the importance of safeguarding in parishes, and how it should be at the heart of everything we do.

Safeguarding interview

We spoke to Archdeacon Peter Bradley, Chair of the Safeguarding Committee, about the re-launch and the importance of Safeguarding to our parishes.

Why has the guidance been updated?

Vigilance and best practice dictates that we keep on top of developments in relation to Safeguarding practice and the relevant legislation. Guidance that is both up to date and ‘user friendly’ helps to ensure a safe and secure environment for all concerned.

What does it contain?

The Safeguarding Children policy document has been amended with effect from October 2011.

The main changes to the document are:

•   Recruitment and Selection – this is taken from the draft policy of the House of Bishops – ‘Safeguarding Guidelines relating to Safer Recruitment for all those who work on behalf of the Church of England’ 2011. This is a follow on to ‘Safe from Harm’ 1993 (Home Office) which was adopted by the Church of England in 1996.

•   There is a guide to safe recruitment available on the diocesan website to aid this process.

•   The section on ICT has been strengthened and you are advised to make the appropriate adjustments to your parish policy.

•   General changes include the use of the definitions of abuse as used in ‘Working Together – A guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children’ 2010 (DCSF).

How can parishes use it?

There is a requirement for each parish to adopt the amended Diocesan policy – something that should be done at a meeting of the PCC; ensure that they have a Safeguarding Co-Ordinator who will be responsible for organizing the CRB checks, and implementing the safe recruitment procedure as well as where necessary liaising with the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor, we also need to know who that person is.

It’s a lot of work – is there any support available?

Su Foster and the Safeguarding team at St James’ House is there to help with advice and training. See for more information.
Training is also available online - please contact Su to find out more. 

But we are a safe friendly church, we don’t need to bother...

When it comes to Safeguarding, our diocese has a good track record – but any incident naturally mars the image of the church and of God’s kingdom. Many people can also be damaged by false accusations. Safeguarding is about helping and supporting those who volunteer and serve in our churches, it really is about ‘protection for all’. 


For issues relating to the protection of children & young people contact:
Su Foster,
Diocesan Children's Safeguarding Adviser,
tel 01704 540516/07887 510946 or

Karen Carr,
Assistant Childrens Safeguarding Adviser,
tel 0781 5708999 or
Hours of work: 2 days per week, days subject to work requirements

For issues relating to the protection of Vulnerable Adults contact:
Ruth Reed,
Diocesan Vulnerable Adults Adviser,
tel 0151 705 2130 or

For Local Council Adult Safeguarding Contact Details please click here
Please record the name of the person contacted and the time and date of that contact