Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups
The Ely Diocesan Association of Church Bell Ringers acknowledges its duty of care for the protection from physical, sexual or emotional abuse, of children (under 18 years of age) attending events organised at Association and District level.
The Association has appointed a Safeguarding Officer to implement safeguarding guidelines for ringing activities which take place on church property, and act as a resource to members on safeguarding and child protection issues.
It is the responsibility of each PCC to adopt safeguarding policies for all activities which take place on its premises. The Association will work with PCCs to encourage ringing in their towers whilst supporting local safeguarding policy.
Copies of the following documents giving more detailed information can be found here (all documents reviewed in February 2018):
- The Association’s Safeguarding Policy
- Questions and Answers about DBS Checks, Supervision and Safeguarding Training
- Guidelines on Safeguarding for Tower Captains
- Guidelines for Safeguarding at Ringing Meetings
- Guidelines for the taking and use of photographs and use of social media
- Using the DBS Update Service
Further information can be obtained from the Safeguarding page of the Diocese of Ely website.
Central Council guidance notes: The Stewardship and Management Workgroup of the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers provides information and guidance notes on all aspects of tower operation, including regulatory requirements, safeguarding and good practice here.
The post of Association Safeguarding Officer for the Ely DA became vacant in May 2018. Phillip George, the previous holder of the post, is prepared to answer immediate queries on: safeguarding_at_elyda.org.uk
The Association safeguarding system was initially developed in 2009 by: Phillip George, Paul Seaman and Dee Smith
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