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Volunteers - Safeguarding

Dear Volunteer
Please find information below regarding safeguarding training required for your roles within the chaplaincy.
The training is all online or via zoom across the Church of England and therefore our own diocese in Europe.
If you have not undertaken any safeguarding training in the past then you need to at least complete C0 basic awareness training online.
You can enrol for this by visiting https://safeguardingtraining.cofeportal.org and setting yourself up with profile. If you need any help with this then please don’t hesitate to ask.
The information below is a simplified copy of the table available on the Diocese website. This gives information about what level you need to complete depending on your role in the chaplaincy.
However, the basics are here:
We all need to fill out a confidential declaration form ( CDF) which is available on the website or I can send you one. If you have filled in one of these before then a renewal form is also available ( CDF renewal).
If you are currently in date with safeguarding ( and I have a CDF form from you ) then you do not need to do this.
I need a copy of this declaration for the file. This needs to be renewed every 3 years.
Confidential declaration form : https://www.europe.anglican.org/sites/default/files/ 2023-06/017 Diocese SG Confidential Declaration Form.pdf
Renewal confidential declaration form : https://www.europe.anglican.org/sites/default/files/ 2023-05/017 Diocese SG Confidential Renewal Form.pdf
Training
Welcomers Basic awareness and Foundation level Musicians Basic awareness
Levels Basic and Foundation can be completed online and you will get a downloadable certificate.
ALL: If you have completed safeguarding training in the past then you need to renew training at the highest level required for you role. The training is completed every 3 years. If you have never completed any online training, I suggest you do basic level and foundation level online as this will also update your profile and will then be visible to the Safeguarding team in the U.K.
I will need confirmation that this training has been undertaken, with a digital copy of your online certificates please. I can then update your records and make sure the U.K. office have these as well.

I hope this answers your questions and is clear. We all need to appreciate how important safeguarding is and the statement below sums this up well.
The Church of England is called to share the good news of God’s salvation through Jesus Christ. The life of our communities and institutions is integral to how we address this task. The good news speaks of welcome for all, with a particular regard for those who are most vulnerable, into a community where the value and dignity of every human being is affirmed and those in positions of responsibility and authority are truly trustworthy. Being faithful to our call to share the gospel therefore compels us to take with the utmost seriousness the challenge of preventing abuse from happening and responding well where it has.”
(From ‘Promoting a Safer Church’, The Church of England’s Safeguarding Policy Statement)
Kind regards
Sue Wilcock Safeguarding Officer and Trainer April 2024 chaplaincy.safeguarding@gmail.com

Safeguarding Training April 2024

Dear Council members and ministry team
Please find information below regarding safeguarding training required for your roles within the chaplaincy.
The training is all online or via zoom across the Church of England and therefore our own diocese in Europe.
If you have not undertaken any safeguarding training in the past then you need to complete basic awareness and Foundation training online.
You can enrol for this by visiting https://safeguardingtraining.cofeportal.org and setting yourself up with profile. If you need any help with this then please don’t hesitate to ask.
The information below is a copy of the table available on the Diocese website.
This gives information about what level you need to complete depending on your role in the chaplaincy.
However, the basics are here:
We all need to fill out a confidential declaration form which is available on the website or I can send you one. If you have filled in one of these before then a renewal form is also available. If you are currently in date with safeguarding then you do not need to do this.
If you need a vetting safeguarding check ( old DBS ) and a French vetting check the information is available here:
Online confidential declaration form: https://www.europe.anglican.org/sites/default/files/ 2023-06/017 Diocese SG Confidential Declaration Form.pdf
Renewal confidential declaration form : https://www.europe.anglican.org/sites/default/files/ 2023-05/017 Diocese SG Confidential Renewal Form.pdf
French vetting check online: https://casier-judiciaire.justice.gouv.fr/mai-web-b3- presentation/pages/accueil.xhtml?cid=1
Safeguarding check - contact Diocesan Safeguarding Administrator Nicolas Sherratt nicholas.sherratt@churchofengland.org
Or please contact me for advice.
Chaplaincy council members Welcomers
Clergy, Readers, Worship Leaders and Wardens
Basic awareness and Foundation level Basic awareness and Foundation level
Basic, Foundation and Leadership levels
Levels Basic and Foundation can be completed online and you will get a downloadable certificate.
Council members and ministry team also need to do the online course Raising Awareness of Domestic abuse.
This also gives you a certificate. The information about this from the safeguarding information is as follows:
Raising Awareness of Domestic Abuse - online course
This course will help you to develop a greater understanding of what Domestic Abuse is, who it affects, as well as its impact on individuals, children, the wider family, and the community. How does this relate to Christian faith and Church communities? By the end of the course you will have an increased awareness of the needs of domestic abuse survivors in order to support them effectively, while at the same time understanding the boundaries and limitations of your own role.
This course is recommended for everyone and is mandatory for the following:
• Anyone holding the Bishop’s licence, commission, authorisation, or permission
(clergy, PtO, Readers, LLMs)
• Bishops Visitors / Pastoral Visitors
• Safeguarding Officers
• Ordinands during IME 1
• Chaplaincy Council Members
• Staff at Theological Education Institutions with student facing roles
• Members of the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Panel.
Leadership training
For Clergy, Readers, Worship Leaders and Wardens Leadership level is mandatory and comprises two 90 minute sessions via zoom with two safeguarding Trainers. Attendance at both sessions is mandatory for completion of the module. The course explores what effective leadership behaviour should look like in respect to safeguarding, and how to respond effectively to safeguarding concerns. Preparation for the sessions is compulsory, through completion of a training handbook. Book online with Craig Norman Administrator and trainer: craig.norman@churchofengland.org
ALL: If you have completed safeguarding training in the past then you need to renew training at the highest level required for you role. The training is completed every 3 years. If you have never completed any online training, I suggest you do basic and foundation levels online as this will also update your profile and will then be visible to the Safeguarding team in the U.K.
I will need confirmation that this training has been undertaken, with a digital copy of your online certificates please. I can then update your records and make sure the U.K. office have these as well.
I hope this answers your questions and is clear. We all need to appreciate how important safeguarding is and the statement below sums this up well.
The Church of England is called to share the good news of God’s salvation through Jesus Christ. The life of our communities and institutions is integral to how we address this task. The good news speaks of welcome for all, with a particular regard for those who are most vulnerable, into a community where the value and dignity of every human being is affirmed and those in positions of responsibility and authority are truly trustworthy. Being faithful to our call to share the gospel therefore compels us to take with the utmost seriousness the challenge of preventing abuse from happening and responding well where it has.” (From ‘Promoting a Safer Church’, The Church of England’s Safeguarding Policy Statement)
Kind regards
Sue Wilcock Safeguarding Officer and Trainer April 2024

Safeguarding Sunday November 2023

Here is the talk I gave at Chef Boutonne on Safeguarding Sunday.
The video we had in church was about cultures in our churches and how these influence us and our behaviour to one another.
If you would like more information or a copy of the video then please let me know. I am always happy to talk about. Safeguarding in our chaplaincy and if you would like to be more involved then please let me know.

Safeguarding Sunday Talk

“Safeguarding is all the things our church does to help protect people from harm and keep them safe.”

“We all have a part to play in safeguarding, working together to make sure our chaplaincy stays a safe place.”

Safeguarding is all about protecting a person’s right to live in safety, free from harm, abuse and neglect. So, the things we do, the actions we take together, should promote the welfare and wellbeing of everyone. This reduces the risk of harm and abuse from happening and this should be the “culture” of our chaplaincy.

Its everyone’s responsibility

It's easy to think that abuse and neglect doesn’t happen in our church, but sadly we know it can and has happened. In recent years many brave individuals have spoken about the abuse they experienced, and we are therefore more aware of the extent of abuse which has taken place, and the risks we need to be vigilant of.

How does our bible reading this morning help us to understand safeguarding in our chaplaincy and church service and activities better?

The reading from Mark 12 will be familiar to many of us,
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no greater commandment than these.”

These two commands describe us as the transformed believers of Jesus – Loving our Lord and loving others. The two commands were given together by Jesus, and they go together and rely on each other. Our love for others authenticates our love for God perhaps. Loving our neighbour, is loving the person sitting next to us in church, as well as all we encounter in our day to day lives.

But that love, God declares, is not an optional extra. As a result of this it includes children and vulnerable adults in our church families, and ex-offenders who want to be part of our church families too. Being aware of those who may need safeguarding and knowing who to report it to, is fulfilling Gods command to love our neighbour. We can’t say we love God and yet choose to ignore our children and vulnerable adults or ex-offender neighbours. I believe we do this if we don’t take safeguarding seriously.

So, what is our Chaplaincy doing??

Firstly, we don’t just tick boxes! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard
“I don’t know why we have to do all this training, it doesn’t help anyone, its just ticking boxes isn’t it?”
Well no it isn’t.
Our chaplaincy has a Safeguarding Officer who oversees all the work of Safeguarding within our chaplaincy.
- We have signed up and adhere to a Safeguarding Policy based around ‘promoting a Safer Church’ document published by the church of England in Europe.
- Our Policy statement is published on our website, and we have a safeguarding page on our website which is regularly updated.
- We display Safeguarding information and where to report concerns in all of our worship centres.
- Our safeguarding officer reports to the Chaplaincy Council at every meeting and reviews with them our safeguarding policies, responds to any concerns and updates our Safeguarding Action Plan.
- We have a Safeguarding trainer in our chaplaincy who can help all volunteers and Church Officers fulfil the training requirements for Safeguarding safely.
- We review all of this regularly and help all members of the congregation to understand Safeguarding better by services like this every year.


So, I hope this has helped understanding of the importance of safeguarding as an expression of God’s love for the vulnerable and a healthy expression of our love for one another.

Amen

Sue Wilcock Chaplaincy Safeguarding Officer

Safeguarding Sundays in our Chaplaincy November 2023

November is the month that we celebrate Safeguarding in our chaplaincies throughout Europe and in the U.K.
This is an opportunity to understand a little bit more about Safeguarding and what we are doing in our chaplaincy.
There will be a dedicated service at Courcelles on the 5th November 2023, and at Chef Boutonne on Sunday 26th November.
If you would like to know more about Safeguarding and how you can help please come to one of our Safeguarding services or speak to Sue Wilcock. Email: chaplaincy.safeguarding@gmail.com
ThirtyOneEight a charity who run our helpline in the U.K. and for our chaplaincies in Europe have this to say:
Justin Humphreys, Joint Chief Executive at Thirtyone:eight, said: 
“While we can’t and shouldn’t ignore abuse that has happened within the Church, of which there has been plenty of media coverage, Safeguarding Sunday is a chance to shine a light on what so many churches are doing to make places of worship safer. We mustn’t forget that protecting vulnerable people is at the heart of the Christian message of justice and hope. I want to thank everyone who is doing this vital ongoing work and taking part in this year’s campaign to raise awareness of the importance of safeguarding in their church and community.”

Safeguarding in Our Chaplaincy

The Chaplaincy considers Safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults to be of the utmost importance.
Please contact the Chaplaincy Safeguarding Officer Sue Wilcock with any Safeguarding concerns :
chaplaincy.safeguarding@gmail.com

“The Church of England is called to share the good news of God’s salvation through Jesus Christ. The life of our communities and institutions is integral to how we address this task. The good news speaks of welcome for all , with a particular regard for those who are most vulnerable, into a community where the value and dignity of every human being is affirmed and those in positions of responsibility and authority are truly trustworthy. Being faithful to our call to share the gospel therefore compels us to take with the utmost seriousness the challenge of preventing abuse from happening and responding well where it has .”
(From ‘Promoting a Safer Church ’, The Church of England’s Safeguarding Policy Statement)

If you believe that you have information or knowledge of a safeguarding issue in the Chaplaincy which suggests that someone poses a risk of serious harm to others, or that an individual may be at risk of serious harm from others, it must be reported immediately.
You can do this through your
Chaplaincy Safeguarding Officer Sue Wilcock
chaplaincy.safeguarding@gmail.com
or contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team europe.safeguarding@churchofengland.org
Reporting Line: +44 (0)207 898 1163

Where you are concerned that the person is likely to be in immediate danger, then call the Gendarmes or Police on 17 or 112.
Chaplain:Vacant
Assistant Chaplain:Vacant
Church Wardens: Wanda Mckerchar and Andrew Chambers

Tel: 06 21 32 31 28

Registered Office (for postal deliveries)
16 Avenue de l'Hotel de Ville, 79110, Chef Boutonne.
Tel: 06 21 32 31 28
office.goodshepherd@sfr.fr


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