Safeguarding report for extended
(due to Covid-19) year 2019-2020 

The Parish of St Peter and St Paul Tonbridge take our collective responsibility for safeguarding those most vulnerable in our community seriously. We are working towards full compliance with safeguarding requirements laid down by the Diocese of Rochester. Plans to achieve the change in safeguarding training requirements that came in in 2019 have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The PCC and safeguarding Team remain committed to achieving full compliance in a timely manner with support from the diocese. 

The safeguarding team include our incumbent Mark Brown, Safeguarding Officer Amanda Harris and all those in leadership roles (Employed or Voluntary) across the four churches in our Parish. 

All policies in relation to Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults used in the Parish are those of the Diocese of Rochester (1). 

In 2019 a safeguarding risk assessment was undertaken for the Parish and changes made accordingly.  Recent improvements include: 

  • The PCC has adopted the ‘Promoting a safer Church safeguarding policy statement for Children, Young People and Adults.
  • The prominent displaying of ‘Promoting a safer Church’ posters to highlight to all church members our collective responsibility and provide details of who to contact if there are concerns. These were additionally displayed in all toilets across the parish to enable people to access these details in private. 
  • Safeguarding Tab on our website. 
  • Permission given by the Diocese for Amanda Harris (Parish Safeguarding Officer) to deliver basic awareness and foundation Training within the parish for those who’s learning preference is face to face. Several sessions were run including an age appropriate session for the Youth travelling to Kondoa.
  • Increasing the number of people able to process DBS checks as part of safer recruitment. 

The small number of incidents that have occurred in relation to safeguarding since the last AGM have been managed by the parish Safeguarding Team with support from the diocese and relevant community support for individuals involved. No Incidents have met the threshold criteria (2) for referral.  

Moving forward: The Diocese is aware of our training requirements. They have adapted to the challenge of COVID-19 with the provision of online Leadership training via Zoom. This is booked up into next year so those who require this training are requested to refresh their knowledge using the online modules, Basic and Foundation (3) if not undertaken in last 3 years and book onto training as it becomes available.  
Amanda Harris 

Parish Safeguarding Officer  8/10/2020