The document 'Meeting Safety' is currently not available, as it is being reviewed.
Safeguarding advice and guidance for Quaker meetings is available on this page, and the following web-pages:
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.
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/.
All area meeting safeguarding enquiries should initially be directed to 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 email@example.com. 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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.
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.
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