Code of Good Practice

Code of Good Practice recommended by Home Office “Safe From Harm”

  1. Adopt the policy of the Church in Wales on safeguarding the welfare of children and young people
  2. Plan the work of the diocese/parish so as to minimise situations where the abuse of
    children and young people may occur
  3. Introduce a system whereby children and young people may talk with an independent person
  4. Apply agreed procedures for protecting children and young people to all paid staff and volunteers
  5. Give all paid staff and volunteers clear roles
  6. Use supervision of staff and volunteers as a means of protecting children and young people
  7. Treat all applicants for any position involving contact with children and young people in the same way
  8. Gain at least one reference ideally from a person who has experience of the applicant’s paid work or volunteering, if any, with children or young people
  9. Explore all applicants’ experience of working or contact with children or young people in an interview before appointment
  10. Find out whether an applicant has any conviction for criminal offences against children or young people
  11. Make paid and voluntary appointments conditional on the successful completion of a probationary period
  12. Issue guidelines on how to deal with disclosure, suspicion or discovery of abuse
  13. Train paid staff and volunteers, their co-ordinators or supervisors and policy makers in the prevention of child abuse.