The Church’s commitment to protecting children and adults at risk continues with the appointment of a new safeguarding manager.
Dorian Davies, who has been responsible for safeguarding in schools and colleges in the Vale of Glamorgan for the past four years, takes up the role next month.
Originally from Llanidloes, Mr Davies qualified as a teacher and a social worker before specialising in safeguarding. As Safeguarding Officer for the Vale of Glamorgan Council Directorate of Learning and Skills, he has been responsible for implementing procedures to safeguard children and adults in learning settings. He was also the lead officer for Child Protection.
Mr Davies will lead the Church’s two Provincial Safeguarding Officers – one covering North Wales and the other South Wales. He takes over from Elaine Cloke who retired earlier this year.
Mr Davies will be responsible for the on-going development and implementation of the Church’s safeguarding policy, ensuring work complies with the All Wales Child Protection Procedures and the revised All Wales Safeguarding Procedures.
Announcing the appointment, Simon Lloyd, the Church’s Provincial Secretary, said, “High quality safeguarding practice must be at the heart of all we do in order to ensure that the Church in Wales is a Safe Church. I am delighted to welcome Dorian to the team and look forward to working with him.”
Mr Davies said, “This role provides a unique opportunity to make a significant contribution to the safeguarding of children and adults at risk at a national level in an organisation that permeates and influences life in Wales.
“I am looking forward to developing the huge amount of work that has already been done and leading the Church’s experienced and committed safeguarding officers.”
Mr Davies will take up the role on July 15.
The Church’s safeguarding policy applies to everyone attending church – both clergy and lay people – as well as all church-led activity which may or may not be held on church premises. It focuses on promoting safer practice in all areas of church life, including online activity, taking films and photographs, transport and hiring out buildings. It offers clear guidelines for parishes on how to be a safe church with a step-by-step guide to responding to concerns and allegations.