Safeguarding during COVID

Hello from the Diocesan Safeguarding Team.

We are very aware of the impact Covid-19 will have on the most vulnerable in our society and the heightened risk to those already experiencing abuse, neglect and exploitation given the current lock down situation. This is a real opportunity for the church to support their communities, showing compassion and sharing hope during this uncertain and worrying time. We want to support the diocese in achieving this safely for all involved.

The documents on this page provide a brief update and guidance on how the safeguarding team is operating and how you can continue to keep your church and the wider community safe in these exceptional circumstances. We will keep you update on any changes according to the government and the Church of England National Safeguarding Team guidance.

Contact us

We are here to help, so please contact us by phone or email if you need any advice or support.

Since we are working from home, please use the following phone numbers during office hours:

  • Sarah Price, DSA – 07950 382934 (Monday - Friday)
  • Debra Jennings, Assistant DSA – 07496 369883 (Monday - Wednesday)
  • Dara Lloyd, Assistant DSA – 07432 741953 (Wednesday - Friday )
  • Sophie Hawtin, Diocesan Safeguarding Training and Support Officer – 07398 186353 (Monday - Friday)

The 24-hour safeguarding helpline is still available outside of office hours on 024 7652 1345

Church of England advice

The Church of England National Safeguarding Team has provided an update regarding COVID-19 – this can be accessed here.

The Church of England has produced guidance for dioceses and churches for the safe use of video-calling with young people.

The Church of England National Safeguarding Team has produced helpful advice regarding Domestic Abuse and COVID-19.

'Think Safeguarding – Reach Out, Recognise, Record and Report' is a new piece of advice from the National Safeguarding Team.

Diocese specific guidance and information

As a result of the Covid-19 outbreak, the following safeguarding guidance has been issued:

Volunteering safeguarding information

The below video ‘Safeguarding Awareness for Volunteers’ was made by Waltham Forest Council and is a helpful quick reminder of what to look out for when volunteering. The message is simple ‘if you see something, say something’. Please feel free to speak to the safeguarding team if you are worried about anyone and you are not sure what to do, we are here to help.

The government has produced a safeguarding factsheet for community volunteers during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Government guidance about 'how to help safely' can be found here.

All other safeguarding information

All other safeguarding information can be found on the main diocesan website.