Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser

This is Page 3 of the Safeguarding Policy for the Diocese of Coventry.

A printable version of this policy is available in the Safeguarding Resources.

The Diocesan Board  of Finance will appoint a suitably qualified Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA), directly accountable to the Bishop of Coventry, and will provide appropriate financial, organizational and management support.  The DSA will be line managed by the Diocesan Secretary.


The DSA will provide and maintain a set of safeguarding resources for use by parishes.  Such resources will comply with safeguarding policies and practice guidance published by the Church of England, including:

  • Protecting All God’s Children – a policy for safeguarding children, the 4th Edition published in 2010;
  • Promoting a Safe Church – a policy for safeguarding adults, published in 2006;
  • Safer Recruitment – published in 2015;
  • Responding to Domestic Abuse – published in 2006;
  • Responding Well – to those who have been sexually abused, published in 2011;
  • Responding to Serious Safeguarding Situations relating to Church Officers – published 2015

The DSA will ensure that up-to-date safeguarding resources are available on the diocesan website.

The DSA will notify all Incumbents, Priests-in-Charge and Parish Safeguarding Officers of any significant changes to this policy or to other safeguarding resources.  This will usually be done by email.

The DSA will also communicate such changes more widely via the diocesan eBulletin.  Anyone can receive the diocesan eBulletin by registering at http://www.dioceseofcoventry.org/register

Training and advice

The DSA will provide appropriate safeguarding training for all Clergy, Readers, Licensed Lay Workers, Parish Safeguarding Officers and all those who work with adults at risk or children.  The aim of such training is to equip people with the skills and knowledge needed to ensure effective safeguarding within parishes.

The DSA will provide support and advice to parishes regarding the implementation of this policy and also with any safeguarding situations which might arise.

DBS checks

The DSA will provide information and advice about the requirements for DBS checks (at parish, deanery and diocesan levels).  Information can be found in the diocesan document entitled DBS Checks for Volunteers and Paid Staff which is available on the diocesan website.

Managing safeguarding situations

The DSA will take the lead in managing safeguarding situations which arise at parish, deanery or diocesan level.  Where appropriate, this will include liaising with the Incumbent (or Priest-in-Charge), Parish Safeguarding Officer, Archdeacon, Diocesan Secretary, Director of Communications and representatives from statutory authorities.