The House of Bishops has instructed all churches to display a safeguarding statement on the homepage of their website, and this includes their A Church Near You (ACNY) site.
We also encourage churches to create a Safeguarding page with additional information about safeguarding in their parish, and details of the Safe Spaces scheme.
How to add safeguarding information to your homepage
- Click on churches and benefices in the top menu, and then click on the cog beside the church you want to edit.
- Click on homepage, names and logo in the editor menu.
- Scroll down to page content. Underneath your welcome message, include a short statement about safeguarding. There is a suggested paragraph approved by the National Safeguarding Team in the text above the page content box. If you wish to use this, copy and paste the text into the page content box.
- Click save at the bottom of the page.
How to create a page about safeguarding
It is good practice to add a safeguarding page to your site to tell visitors more about safeguarding in your parish, and include contact details and downloadable documents, and information about the Safe Spaces scheme (see below).
Including information about Safe Spaces
This is suggested text that you can adapt for your situation, the key is the first sentence and the contact details.
Safe Spaces: a service for victims and survivors of church-related abuse
Safe Spaces is a free and independent support service for anyone who has experienced abuse in relation to the Church of England, the Church in Wales, or the Catholic Church of England and Wales. This could be abuse by someone who holds any role in the church or is linked to participating in a church-led activity or group.
If you have been affected, however long ago, Safe Spaces can provide you with support. You do not have need to have told the police or the church authorities, and you do not have to still be involved with the church. Your information will not be shared without your consent, unless you or someone else is in immediate danger. Safe Spaces can provide a range of help, including advocating with authorities and other agencies, giving emotional support, providing information (including information on church and police procedures), understanding your needs and working together on individual support plans.
Tel: 0300 303 1056 (answerphone available outside of opening times)
LiveChat - via the Safe Spaces website
Diocesan safeguarding contacts
At the top of every page on A Church Near You there is a safeguarding button which provides a link to Diocesan safeguarding contacts.