The Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO) is the key link between the diocese and the parish concerning safeguarding matters. It is their responsibility to have an overview of all church activities involving children, young people and vulnerable adults and to ensure the successful implementation of the safeguarding policy. This can feel daunting considering the many different ministries of a church and the many different people encountered every week.
As the Church of England’s modern slavery response, we have a key role to play in training and equipping PSOs to ensure their understanding of modern slavery and how it might manifest itself in a parish context is up to speed.
We are committed to helping PSOs recognise signs of exploitation and modern slavery in their communities and know how to respond, record and refer concerns about modern slavery and exploitation. It is vital that PSOs have current knowledge of modern slavery as the methods used by criminal gangs are always evolving.
We design our training to be super accessible – it is online and only lasts for 90 minutes. We will run it throughout autumn so as many people as possible can benefit from it.
The training will also help you consider whether you have the right processes and support in place for yourself, your volunteers and potential victims.
Unfortunately, there are many vulnerable adults in our communities and it is important that we know how to protect these people from being targeted and recruited. Preventative work is crucial in ensuring criminal gangs cannot get a foothold in our parishes.
Sign up to our modern slavery and safeguarding training session for Parish Safeguarding Officers today!
18 October, 7- 8:30pm
14 November, 10- 11:30am