Parish Safeguarding Committees (PSCs)

Parish Safeguarding Committee (PSC) members currently must attend three Training  Modules in order to equip them to undertake the role and function of this committee. (see under Child/ training/ Parish Safeguarding Committees)

As the remit of the committee also extends to safeguarding vulnerable adults, it is important that all PSC members attend the new Safeguarding Vulnerable  Adult Information Session as outlined below.

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
  • How to access the new Safeguarding Vulnerable Adult Policy and Procedures

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.