We are looking for someone to take over from Gena Richards as Parish Safeguarding Officer. We also need to elect a new Churchwarden to replace Iain Coleman, who completes his term of office this year.
The Parish Safeguarding Officer is the key link between the diocese and the parish/s, concerning safeguarding matters. She/he will have an overview of all church activities involving children, young people and vulnerable adults and will seek to ensure the implementation of safeguarding policy. The role can be taken by one person or the role shared, for example with one person covering children the other vulnerable adults.
The key tasks of the parish safeguarding officer are to:
- Have an overview of all church activities involving children and vulnerable adults and keep a record of these activities.
- Be familiar with diocesan safeguarding guidance and ensure that leaders of activities are fully aware of, and are implementing, this guidance.
- Liaise with the incumbent over safeguarding issues.
- Keep in touch with the leaders of all activities and offer them advice and support over safeguarding matters.
- Liaise as necessary with the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers. Report all concerns or allegations against church officers to the DSA.
- Attend diocesan safeguarding training offered for PSOs.
- Assist with safeguarding training in the parish as appropriate.
- Attend a meeting of the church leadership (PCC) at least annually to ensure safeguarding issues are discussed and that the church leadership adopt the annual Church Safeguarding Policy.
- Ensure that the Church Safeguarding Policy and contact details is displayed in all Church premises.
- Keep good records of any safeguarding concerns that may arise, and ensure that others do the same.
- Promote inclusiveness in places of worship and within church activities.
- Keep the church leadership informed of good safeguarding practice.
- Undertake a regular parish safeguarding self-assessment in the format offered by the Diocese.
If you think that you may be able to help in this role please speak to Maureen Hobbs, Gena Richards or Iain Coleman
There are two Churchwardens, who are each elected annually at the Annual Church Meeting in April. They normally serve for more than one year and it is desirable that they do not both do not change in the same year.
Act as agent of the Bishop within the Parish giving support wherever and whenever needed to the Vicar.
Ex-officio member of the PCC and on general call within the Parish for Church related matters.
(In the event of a vacancy, assume running of the Parish, in association with the Rural Dean).
Tenure – three years (elected annually).
Church Services – in partnership with colleague churchwarden maintain as wide a cover as possible.
Special services – in association with Vicar and others, ensure arrangements in place for :-
Lent lunches/Mothering Sunday/Remembrance Sunday
Act as trustee for the Church Estate, Pattingham Education Foundation Charities
Treasurer for Vicar and Churchwardens Account.
Maintain and Update Church log book. Maintain and review Church terrier (inventory)
Approve invoices and cheque signatory (managed by Hon. Treasurer)
With Standing Committee/PCC to have overview of :-
Church Premises and Churchyard (Fabric Committee)
Health and Safety (named individual with input from Fabric Committee)
Insurance (with Hon. Treasurer) renewal and claims
Church rotas – assembled by Peter Nicholls (Vicar/ Churchwardens review).
Duties are divided between the two Churchwardens.
If you are interested please speak to Maureen Hobbs, Gena Richards or Iain Coleman. The Annual Meeting is on Sunday 7th April at 7.30 pm and nomination forms must be completed before the beginning of the meeting.