Parish Groups/Volunteers

Parish staff and volunteers who work closely with vulnerable adults must attend a two hour Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Information Session which includes the following information:

  • Understanding what we mean by vulnerable adult abuse (definition of vulnerable adult abuse)
  • Roles and responsibilities of staff and volunteers regarding vulnerable adults
  • Recognition of vulnerable adult abuse (signs and indicators of abuse)
  • How to respond to and how to report concerns, suspicions or disclosures/ allegations of vulnerable abuse
  • Role of the Diocesan Designated Officer
  • Best practice in parish activities relating to safeguarding vulnerable adults

These information sessions are organised and communicated in the same way that Parish Information Sessions are managed. The information sessions are identified and planned on the basis of need outlined in each parish audit. The PSC chairperson then liaises with the VST chairperson and agree date and venue for the delivery of the session. Each vicariate will decide and plan according to need.

Between January and June 2013, in the first stage of rolling out the training, each vicariate will plan and deliver two sessions and, in July 2013 the Safeguarding Office will review and evaluate the training, to examine those aspects which were helpful and those which may require further work and refining.

For details of up and coming training sessions, please contact the chair of your parish PSC


Parish clergy, staff and volunteers  may also attend the Recording Information Workshop which includes information on how to record an incident/ allegation of vulnerable adult abuse, what should be recorded and with whom the information should be shared. (This is optional)