Parish HR Support Service

For some time, the Diocesan HR department have provided HR support for Lay employees to Parishes on an ad-hoc basis. We are pleased to confirm that we now have a full package of HR Support for all Parishes to access for their Lay employees. You do not have to use any of the guidance, templates or support, but it is available should you wish to.

The remit of the Parish HR Support Service is :

  • To provide employment advice by email and telephone, to Parishes in respect of the full employee lifecycle from recruitment to the end of an employment contract;
  • To provide template handbooks, policies, employment contracts and other documents  which can be adapted to your own Parish;
  • To provide updates on employment law changes; 
  • To provide support when navigating difficult employee issues such as:
    • Absence Management
    • Performance Management
    • Disciplinaries
    • Grievances
    • Restructures, Redundancies and TUPE
  • Other queries

Please note that unfortunately, we are unable to provide “in-person” support to assist with recruitment, disciplinaries, grievances etc. All advice, support and guidance will be given over the phone or by email.  This Parish HR Support Service can provide ACAS level advice to you, however if your situation is more complex then you may be advised to contact an Employment Lawyer.


To contact the Diocesan HR Advisor Simone Smith please email

For urgent advice telephone 02476 521381 between the hours of 10am and 2pm, Monday to Friday.

If Simone is unavailable, please leave a voicemail and she will call you back.


The provision of information and template documents are detailed in the employee lifecycle laid out below. Click on the heading for each section to go to the information that you require.



This page contains information about recruiting candidates lawfully and gives you template policies and letters that you can adapt for your own use.


New Employees

On this page are copies of the Staff Handbook and other policies, along with everything you need to set up a new starter in your Parish

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During Employment

This page contains information about how to support your employees during employment, including statutory leave, how to deal with performance and absence issues, and disciplinaries and grievances. There are templates of various policies, forms and letters which you can adapt to suit your own organisation.

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While most employees leave you organisation through resignation and retirement, you may find yourself in a position where you need to make redundancies, or TUPE transfer an employee. This section contains all template policies, letters and forms which you will need when an employee is leaving your organisation


Data Retention

Before during and after employment, there are rules on how to store your employees data, and how long to store them for. This section contains helpful guidance to enable you to do this lawfully.

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Employment Law Updates

Employment legislation can change frequently which often means changes to our usual practices and policies. Detailed in this section are any recent and upcoming law changes that you need to be aware of employment law changes that you should be aware of.

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