Appendix 4 – Safeguarding Roles and Responsibilities

Each church needs to identify and fill several important posts that underpin effective safeguarding in the church. These notes outline the main responsibilities relating to safeguarding connected with key leadership roles.

Trustees / Deacons

  • Ultimately responsible for safeguarding
  • Responsible for the implementation of policy and procedures
  • Responsible for supporting the church workers
  • Responsible for raising awareness about best practice within the church
  • Responsible for ensuring that the relevant people have received the appropriate training

Safeguarding Trustee / Deacon

Not necessarily the person who heads up safeguarding in the church – could be a trustee / deacon with an interest and willingness to learn.

  • Takes a lead on safeguarding matters for the trustees / deacons
  • Is the point of contact with trustees / deacons for safeguarding issues
  • Ensures church policy and procedures are reviewed annually

Designated Person for Safeguarding

  • Receives all reports of concerns regarding the safeguarding of children, young people and adults at risk
  • Listens, observes and passes on those concerns appropriately, having taken advice from the relevant people
  • Acts as a link between the church and other agencies or bodies on safeguarding matters

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Verifier

  • Responsible for all aspects of processing DBS checks for church staff and volunteers (with the exception of the accredited minister who is checked by the regional association)

The Minister

  • Shares with the trustees the general responsibility for the adoption and implementation of the church’s safeguarding policy
  • Takes responsibility for ensuring that the pastoral needs of all are being met
  • May need to be made aware of safeguarding issues in line with the guidance on page 6