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Safeguarding & Vulnerability Policy & Procedures



Diocesan Safeguarding Structure

Within the Diocese the Bishop carries the ultimate responsibility for decision making in respect of all safeguarding matters. He also carries responsibilities for dealing with issues that require Clergy Disciplinary Measures in accordance with canon law, and which are further clarified in the national Church of England policies. In fulfilling his safeguarding responsibilities the Bishop is assisted by the Archdeacons, and advised by the Diocesan Vulnerability and Safeguarding Officer and the Diocesan Safeguarding Commission. (Please see the Diocese of Chester's “Safe in Our Care” document for more information on the Safeguarding Commission.)

The Diocesan Vulnerability and Safeguarding Officer is not a member of the Commission but is accountable to it. He/she co-ordinates every meeting and agrees and delivers the agenda together with the Chair. He/she is also responsible for leading and managing child protection and adults at risk safeguarding and for developing and implementing policy and practice to assist all parishes and organisations across the Diocese. He/she will liaise with the Parish Safeguarding Officer to provide advise an guidance where concerns are raised or allegations raised. (Please see the Parish “Roles & Responsibilities in Safeguarding” document for more information.)

The Parish Safeguarding Officer is responsible to the incumbent, the PCC and the Diocesan Vulnerability and Safeguarding Officer in ensuring implemented and any issues are appropriately referred. He/she is expected to advise within the parish on all matters of safeguarding.