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children, young people, and adults at risk


All face-to-face training has been suspended until further notice, although this is being reviewed on a regular basis in line with government guidance. In the meantime, BASIC safeguarding training will be delivered via Zoom and dates will be released shortly.

Good Practice 5

The latest version of the United Reformed Church Good Practice Policy is now available for download, to help your church be as safe a place as it can possibly be for all God's people. Download it and ensure that you are in compliance with the latest safeguarding...

 “safeguarding is a whole church responsibility”

The North Western Synod is continually striving hard to safeguard children, young people, and adults at risk.

We hope you will find this page contains all the information you need to support you in strengthening all your safeguarding processes.

Policies and Procedures

Links to Good Practice 5 and other useful documents 

Safer Recruitment

DBS Checks and other good practice in recruitment

Responding and Reporting

Responding and Reporting your concerns or incidents

Contacts and Helplines

Useful contacts for aditional help and support

Safeguarding Training

  • Basic
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Specialist


Network meetings, Safeguarding Surgeries, and more …


Fequently Asked Questions are listed below, simply click on each question to discover more. 

What is Safeguarding?

Safeguarding is there to ensure people can flourish – safe from harm. That includes children, young people and adults at risk.

How do we access Safeguarding training?

Contact our synod Safeguarding Advisor, Julie, who is always happy to assist you. Julie regularly provides training opportunities in your Area, and will arrange further events when requested. 

Safeguarding Policies and Procedures

It is essential that EVERY church has Safeguarding Policies and Procedures in place, and that these are kept up-to-date. 

For any help or advise on updating or implementing your procedures, contact the Synod Safeguarding Advisor. 

Responding and Recording Incidents and Concerns

Ensuring we know how to appropriately respond to any incidents or Safeguarding concerns is at the heart of an effective Safeguarding policy. 

Training and Good Practice materials are available to assist your church in having the right policies and procedures in place. 

For any queries or concerns regarding a Safeguarding issue, or even if you’re not sure; contact our Synod Safeguarding Advisor, who will be happy to help.

Julie Rafferty

Julie Rafferty

Safeguarding Advisor

07964 981 262


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