Parish safeguarding responsibilities

This is Page 4 of the Safeguarding Policy for the Diocese of Coventry.

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

The Incumbent (or Priest-in-Charge) and the Parochial Church Council (PCC) are together responsible for ensuring that safeguarding policies and procedures are implemented within the parish.

PCC responsibilities

The Parochial Church Council must:

  • Formally adopt this policy and file a copy with their PCC minutes.
  • Formally adopt the diocesan Policy Statement on the Recruitment of Ex-Offenders.
  • Display a Parish Safeguarding Statement and a Childline Poster in every church.  
  • Appoint people to all the roles in the diocesan paper entitled Safeguarding Roles within a Parish.
  • Ensure that all those authorised to work with adults at risk or children are:
    • Recruited in accordance with the two diocesan papers entitled Safer Recruitment of Volunteers and Paid Staff and DBS Checks for Volunteers and Paid Staff;
    • Adequately supported and have access to all relevant policies and safeguarding resources;
    • Trained appropriately for their roles (including relevant diocesan safeguarding training).
  • Ensure that all activities (sponsored by the PCC) involving adults at risk or children, have:
    • Appropriate insurance cover;
    • An Activity Plan and Risk Assessment which is reviewed at least once a year.
  • Comply with Data Protection Principles – specifically with reference to storing information about the 'church workforce', including volunteers who have completed a confidential declaration and/or undergone DBS checks.
  • Receive and discuss an annual Safeguarding Report from the Parish Safeguarding Officer.
  • Review the implementation of this policy annually.
Parish Safeguarding Officer

Working under the authority of the PCC, the Parish Safeguarding Officer takes the lead role for safeguarding within the parish.

The PCC must appoint a Parish Safeguarding Officer who:

  • Is a lay person on the Electoral Roll of a parish within the benefice; and
  • Is not related to the Incumbent (or Priest-in-Charge); and
  • Has an email address which they regularly monitor.  Among other things, this is required to receive notifications regarding online DBS checks.

The responsibilities of the Parish Safeguarding Officer are outlined in the diocesan paper entitled Safeguarding Roles within a Parish.

Any questions?

If in doubt about any aspect of this policy, please do not hesitate to contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser.  Contact details are available on the diocesan website at