We are committed to the best practice in safeguarding
The Deanery of Jersey is committed to providing a safe place for everyone within our church community - and especially children, young people and vulnerable adults.
The Jersey Deanery Child and Adult Protection Policy was updated in July 2020. It is based on the Church of England Parish Safeguarding Handbook and has been adapted for the Jersey context. The Policy can be found here;
The Church of England Parish Safeguarding Handbook can be found here.
The Jersey Safeguarding Lead is the Reverend Beverley Sproats. She has responsibility for ensuring that all people in our parishes who are working with or having any unsupervised contact with children and vulnerable adults are trained in accordance with the requirements of the Church of England. In this she is is supported by a team of experienced trainers based in Jersey who deliver regular training courses and the Diocese of Salisbury Safeguarding Trainer. Beverley's contact details are in the 'contacts' panel.
More information about the Church of England's commitment to safeguarding can be found here.
For safeguarding information from the Diocese of Salisbury, click here.
Click here for information about reporting concerns or sources of help and support.
For information about the States of Jersey Police Public Protection Unit, click here or telephone 01534 612240.
If you are concerned about a child in Jersey, contact the Jersey Safeguarding Partnership Board here
Salisbury Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers
In ensuring high standards of practice in safeguarding, we are supported by the Diocese of Salisbury's safeguarding team, who work closely with the States of Jersey Police. [ link: https://jersey.police.uk/ ]
The Safeguarding Advisers are qualified and experienced social care practitioners who can provide advice and guidance to parishes and others in the diocese on child and adult protection. They can offer advice, discuss any protection matters and clarify anything in the Deanery Guidelines. They are always ready to work with you to plan a detailed response to any protection issue, taking into account all aspects of your particular situation. Please do not hesitate to contact them; they are always very ready to help.
In the Diocese of Salisbury, there are two Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers (DSAs), who work together in a job-share arrangement, providing safeguarding cover throughout the week. These are Jeremy (Jem) Carter and Heather Bland.
Heather Bland has lead responsibility for the Deanery of Jersey and will have general oversight on all matters relating to the Island. In in her absence you should speak to Jem Carter, who will have full access to relevant safeguarding records and will also provide advice in line with this handbook about any safeguarding incident or query.
Jem Carter works 9 am - 5 pm, Tuesday - Friday inclusive, either from Church House, Salisbury or from home. Jem is also the dedicated Safeguarding Adviser to Salisbury Cathedral. Jem can be contacted by email on email@example.com. He is also available via mobile phone on 07469 857888. An on-line discussion can be arranged if necessary.
Heather Bland works 9 am – 5 pm, Monday - Wednesday inclusive, either from home or Church House, Salisbury. Heather can be emailed on firstname.lastname@example.org or contacted via mobile phone on 07500 664800. Again, an on-line meeting can be arranged if needed.
On call service
The Diocese of Salisbury also provide a limited ‘on call’ DSA service from Monday - Thursday inclusive, until 9 pm. After 9 pm, it is likely that any situation will be an emergency one, in which case the Police should be contacted. Call provision is shared between Heather and Jem as below:
- Monday and Tuesday evenings: Heather Bland
- Wednesday and Thursday evenings: Jem Carter
After 5 pm on a Friday, an external provider ‘thirtyone:eight’ is contracted to provide an out of hours safeguarding service until 9 am the following Monday.They should be contacted in respect of any concerns over this period via their 24/7 helpline – tel 0303 0031111. They will provide initial advice and direction and send an alert to the DSAs, for their attention and follow-up action when they return to work after the weekend. Further information regarding ‘thirtyone:eight’ can be found on their website https://thirtyoneeight.org/ which also contains a wealth of generic advice on safeguarding issues.
Safe Spaces is a free and independent support service, providing a confidential, personal and safe space for anyone who has been abused through their relationship with either the Church of England, the Catholic Church of England and Wales or the Church in Wales. https://www.safespacesenglandandwales.org.uk/ Helpline: Tel: 0300 303 1056, Email: email@example.com and live chat available.
Safe Spaces covers the Channel Islands also.
Past Cases Review
Past Cases Review 2 (PCR2), to review safeguarding cases, was set up following an independent scrutiny report published in 2018 into the original Past Cases Review) (PCR) (2007/8) which showed shortcomings and inconsistency in that process. The PCR2 for Jersey will be carried out by Salisbury Diocese.
If you have information which may be relevant to the PCR 2 for the NCIs please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Recognising that this may not feel safe for those with a lived experience of abuse from within the church, a dedicated telephone helpline - 0800 80 20 20 - operated independently from the church, by the NSPCC, has been set up.
Please see this link for further details on the PCR2 Terms of Reference