Safeguarding Terms of Reference

St Paul's Safeguarding – Terms of Reference – amended April 2019

The Safeguarding Team are a sub-committee of the Parish Church Council.  We see our role as providing an important oversight of safeguarding activities within St. Paul’s. 

To achieve this we shall:

  • Follow the National Safer Recruitment Policy and the House ofBishops Safeguarding Policy in all the work that we do, with regards to safeguarding by selecting, supporting and training those with any perceived responsibility within the Church, including accessing the use of criminal records disclosures and barring checks.
  • Review and submit to PCC all changes to safeguarding policy and procedure.
  • Review and agree regular training needs, as and where needed, within St. Paul’s.
  • Oversee the implementation of the Safeguarding Action Plan developed in 2017.This will be reviewed regularly, and a strategy agreed for the subsequent year. An annual report will be presented at the APCM.
  • This PCC sub-committee will meet every 2 months; minutes of these meetings will be kept, and the minutes of the previous meeting will be agreed, signed and forwarded to the PCC. In addition, the Safeguarding Team will also meet as and when necessary, should a situation warrant action.
  • The DBS administrator will work alongside the PSO [Parish Safeguarding Officer] to ensure DBS [Disclosure and Barring Service] checks are regularly updated, and new ones applied for, as and when deemed necessary by the safeguarding committee.
  • A spread-sheet with all the relevant information will be kept up to date and kept by the DBS administrator and overseen by the PSO.
  • At each meeting the PSO and DBS administrator will report on any activities undertaken since the previous meeting.
  • There may be discussions of a confidential nature that may not be minuted.
  • Oversee the participation of St. Paul’s in the North Tyneside Council’s ‘Safe Places’ Scheme.
  • Carry out the following procedure: In the event of a safeguarding ‘issue’, the committee will meet to discuss, and is necessary, refer to the Diocesan Safeguarding Officer for further advice and guidance.
  • Try to ensure the safety of the ‘Church’ (in its entirety) as far as possible.
  • Endeavour to keep up to date with ongoing training and updates of safeguarding policy and guidance, in order to fully comply with Diocesan policy, and where we have uncertainties, we will clarify with the Diocesan Safeguarding Officer.
  • Point out any shortfalls to anyone who may be unaware of safeguarding guidelines, or to encourage them to seek further specific training.