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.

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. Area meetings may wish to have a safeguarding coordinator in each local meeting.

Area meeting trustees can delegate this responsibility to someone who is not a trustee but can't absolve themselves of it. If the coordinator is not a trustee then they need to have easy access to trustees.

Advice and support

    Resource

    Meeting safety

    'Meeting safety' is a short document issued by Quaker Life. It gives an overview of safeguarding within Quaker meetings and includes an introduction to other organisations we work with in this area.


    Resources

    'Meeting Safety'

    'Meeting Safety' is a short document issued by Quaker Life. It gives an overview of safeguarding within Quaker meetings and includes an introduction to other organisations we work with in this area.

    Safeguarding is protecting children, young people and adults from harm.

    The trustees of each area Quaker meeting or other Quaker organisation have responsibility for safeguarding. This includes having procedures in place so that cases or suspicions of abuse can be reported.

    This information is designed for local meetings, area meetings and yearly meeting work organised centrally. Quaker bodies and organisations not within the structure of the Yearly Meeting may fall outside this remit, but will still have responsibilities in this area.

    Meetings should be aware that England and Wales, Scotland, Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man each have their own schemes and legislation.


    Support

    Quaker Life

    Quaker Life supports meetings with the process of applying for criminal records checks. It is important that people that are working with children, young people and vulnerable adults have a criminal records check.

    If you are unsure about whether your or another person in your meeting should have a check then please contact us using the contact details below to ask.

    Churches' Agency for Safeguarding

    The Churches' Agency for Safeguarding is the organisation that process criminal records check applications for BYM and Quaker meetings.

    Criminal records check applications in England and Wales can be made online or by asking for a paper application form. Applications in Scotland are only possible by paper application form. The Channel Islands and the Isle of Man each have their own application processes, enquire locally.

    To ask for an criminal records check application form contact Quaker Life: cypadmin@quaker.org.uk, 020 7663 1013.

    Churches' Child Protection Advisory Service

    The Churches' Child Protection Advisory Service (CCPAS) is an agency offering advice, support and training on all areas of safeguarding and safe practice. CCPAS is a registered charity that is committed to helping other organisations create a safe environment for children and young people.

    CCPAS offers a wide range of advice and expertise that includes:

    1. A telephone helpline (0845 120 4550) or by email (info@ccpas.co.uk) at times of need (all advice is confirmed in writing).
    2. a members-only area of their website with up-to-date information including an online manual about best practice
    3. training and resources, full details published in the magazine Caring or on the CCPAS website
    4. an updating service on guidelines and best practice documents.

    What if my area meeting is not a member of the Churches' Child Protection Advisory Service?

    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.

    Safeguarding co-ordinators e-group

    Area meeting safeguarding co-ordinators can communicate with one another on an email list, which provides peer support. When an area meeting clerk informs the Recording Clerk's Office at Friends House of a new safeguarding co-ordinator, that person will automatically be added to this group.

    To find out how you can join the list please contact the BYM Safeguarding Officer.

    Training and events

    Conference

    Quaker Life holds a conference for area meeting safeguarding co-ordinators about every three years. The last time this took place was in autumn 2015.

    Training

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

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


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    Contact us

    Gill Sewell
    Ministry and Outreach Officer
    020 7663 1017
    gills@quaker.org.uk