The Norwich Association of Ringers is serious about the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults. It recognises the importance of caring for children and vulnerable adults and that we all have a duty of care whilst they are in our care. We commit to providing a safe and supportive environment where all children and vulnerable adults are treated with dignity and respect.
This policy is based on the Church of England’s promoting a Safer Church policy and the Diocese of Norwich Safe Haven policy (see links in section below), under the guidance of the CCCBR (Central Council of Church Bell Ringers):
- • Each tower should liaise with their PCC Named Person for Safeguarding and be familiar with the PCC safeguarding policy. Copies of this should be held by the Tower Captain and displayed in ringing room.
• It is advised that it is best practice for all ringers to complete the Church of England C0 safeguarding training, which is available online free of charge (see link to the CofE Training Portal in the section below).
• Additionally, it is suggested that Tower Captains and those involved in regular teaching of ringing take a face to face C2 training course which is available, free of charge, through the Norwich Diocese. This should be retaken every three years .
• Any Tower Captain or ringing teacher who works regularly with children is required to hold a current, clear DBS check. This can be arranged through the Incumbent or the PCC Named Person for Safeguarding.
• DBS checks are not required for anyone who is providing one off teaching in the absence of the regular teaching provided two adults are present.
If there is concern about the immediate safety of a Child or vulnerable adult, dial 999 for the Police.
Further Information & Resources
1. A child is defined as anyone under the age of 18 and a vulnerable adult is someone who is 18 years of age or over who may need community care because of a disability, age or illness and who may be unable to take care of themselves, or cannot stop themselves being harmed or exploited.
2. Further information on the Diocese Safeguarding Policies and how to obtain safeguarding training is available at the Diocese Safeguarding Website
3. The Church of England’s safeguarding training portal can be found here CofE Safeguarding Training Portal
4. The Association has also prepared a Permission to Ring Form which can be downloaded as a pdf: Permission to Ring Form
5. You can download the above statement and policy as a pdf: Safeguarding Policy Statement