Area meeting safeguarding coordinators work in support of children, young people and vulnerable adults. They help to make sure that area meeting safeguarding policy and procedure is followed. They may have to act independently in reporting concerns of abuse to statutory authorities.

Safeguarding in local meetings and at area meeting events is the responsibility of area meeting trustees. It is good practice to have one trustee who leads on safeguarding - otherwise this is the clerk of trustees.

A safeguarding coordinator and a deputy should be appointed in each area meeting. They do not need to be members of the Society of Friends.

All local meetings should understand how this role is being carried out within the area meeting.

Please contact updates@quaker.org.uk with any changes to safeguarding co-ordinators/deputies or for DBS verifiers or to ask for a second verifier account.

Advice and support

    Resources

    'Meeting Safety'

    The document 'Meeting Safety' is currently not available, as it is being reviewed.

    Webpages

    Safeguarding advice and guidance for Quaker meetings is available on this page, and the following web-pages:

    BYM's main Safeguarding page
    I have a concern about abuse
    Records Checks: DBS and PVG
    Children and young people's work: BYM policy and procedure

    Quaker safeguarding documents

    A store of documents is available here: BYM Q-Groups: Safeguarding documents and resources
    A series of new model documents are being prepared: see Quaker Life below.

    Safeguarding e-newsletter

    We send out a regular e-newsletter to safeguarding coordinators and others who are interested. It is free to subscribe to and open to anyone. We encourage each trustee body to have at least one member subscribed. Find out more on the safeguarding resources pages on Q-groups, https://groups.quaker.org.uk/groups/safe/.


    Support

    All area meeting safeguarding enquiries should initially be directed to Thirtyone:eight

    Thirtyone:eight

    This specialist organisation offers professional advice, support and training for Quaker area meetings on all areas of safeguarding and safe practice. This includes:

    • A telephone helpline 0303 003 11 11 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm) plus an out of hours service for urgent calls, or by email info@thirtyoneeight.org. All advice is confirmed in writing. Callers receive expert advice and support, including:
      • Policy and practice guidance
      • Responding to and managing allegations of abuse
      • Management of offenders in places of worship and elsewhere
      • Issues such as past abuse or re-offending
    • A website with useful resources about safeguarding.
    • A members-only area of their website with up-to-date information including an online manual about best practice, booklets and videos.
    • A regular email newsletter to keep you up-to-date and compliant.
    • A service to review your safeguarding policy and procedures.
    • Training, Consultancy and a Crisis Management service.

    What if my area meeting is not a member of Thirtyone:eight?
    If that is the case, your area meeting trustees will need to let you know what arrangements they have made for you to obtain general and specific advice on safeguarding matters. Staff in Quaker Life cannot fulfil this role.

    Quaker Life

    Britain Yearly Meeting's lead for safeguarding in local and area meetings can give you support on the Quaker context for safeguarding, support with being a safeguarding co-ordinator, further documents, frequent questions, and pastoral support for role-holders. See the contacts below.

    A series of model safeguarding documents are being prepared for use by area meetings by Jonathan Carmichael, Simpler Meetings Project Manager. Please contact Jonathan if you are reviewing or updating your documents: jonathanc@quaker.org.uk 020 7663 1066

    Records Checks: DBS/PVG

    Due Diligence Checking Ltd (DDC) is the organisation that process criminal records check applications for BYM and Quaker meetings.

    Visit the BYM webpage on Records Check: DBS/PVG


    Training and events

    Conference

    Quaker Life holds a conference for area meeting safeguarding co-ordinators about every two years. The last time this took place was in January 2018.

    Training

    Quaker Life cooperates with Woodbrooke to provide periodic training on the Quaker aspects of being an area meeting safeguarding co-ordinator.

    General training for safeguarding coordinators is provided by Thirtyone:eight who provide events throughout the year at a variety of locations.

    One model that has worked very well is for an area meeting to invite two or three people from each local meeting to a training run by Thirtyone:eight, at a meeting house.


    Header image © Mike Pinches 2015

    Contact us

    Thirtyone:eight (first point of contact)
    0303 003 11 11 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm plus out of hours for urgent calls)
    info@thirtyoneeight.org


    Britain Yearly Meeting's lead for safeguarding in local and area meetings can also give support on the Quaker context for safeguarding, support with being a safeguarding co-ordinator, sample documents, and pastoral support for role-holders.

    020 7663 1103
    safe@quaker.org.uk

    Write to updates@quaker.org.uk for changes to safeguarding co-ordinator/assistants, and for DBS verifiers or to ask for a second verifier account.