Support for those working with children, young people and adults at risk of harm.
Our Synod Safeguarding Officer works closely with local churches to provide support and guidance for those who work with children & young and adults at risk.
We receive training and telephone helpline support from thirtyone:eight (previouslt CCPAS Churches Child Protection Advisory Service). thirtyone:eight are an independent Christian charity providing professional advice, training, support and resources in all areas of safeguarding children and adults at risk of harm.
thirtyone:eight produce a regular bulletin highlighting the latest safeguarding news and opinion. You can download the latest copy via this link.
We currently run two training events a year; one for those working with Children and Young People and one for those working with Adults at risk. View our Upcoming Events to find details of our next training.
thirtyone:eight provide a 24 hour safeguarding helpline that our churches in Thames North Synod can access free of charge. You can call 0303 003 11 11 to speak to a Safeguarding Advisor. A record of the call, suggested follow-up and actions will be emailed to you and a copy sent to the Synod Safeguarding Co-ordinator.
Good Practice policy and procedures
As part of the United Reformed Church we follow policy and practice guidance provided by the Assembly Safeguarding Team. You can access the Good Practice 4 handbook and guide on the URC website along with a number of supporting appendices.
The United Reformed Church currently uses the Due Diligence Checking Ltd (DDC) to process our DBS checks for those working with children and adults at risk. Checks for Minsters and Assembly Accredited Lay Preachers are processed by the URC Ministries Office DBS checks should be renewed every five years. (from the URC website). More information is available here.
Revd. Derek Lindfield
Synod Safeguarding Officer
Safeguarding email address
Simply complete the form below and we’ll aim to respond within one hour (during office hours).