NEW DIOCESAN SAFEGUARDING ADVISER

John Nixson has joined us as the new Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser commencing 17th January 2017.  John has over 35 years of experience in social work and safeguarding most of which has been gained through his considerable work in local authorities.  He became a child protection and safeguarding specialist in the field of child and family social work, providing advice, guidance and support to professionals and working with complex cases.   As well as his time with local authorities John has spent 4 years in an honorarium role as Safeguarding Adviser to the Bishop of Willesden working closely with the Diocesan Safeguarding Lead (Archdeacon of Charing Cross) providing expert professional advice, complex case management and dealing with a range of issues including individual protection cases, safe practice issues and risk assessment.  Throughout his professional career he has gained specific knowledge and experience of working with faith leaders and faith communities in relation to safeguarding, both through training initiatives and through the management of individual cases.

The Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser can provide advice on policy and consultation on individual cases and local issues.  They are also the nominated person for allegations of misconduct affecting children or vulnerable adults.  they can assist with advice on supporting survivors of abuse, those involved in domestic abuse and allegations or harassment.

We provide a large amount of guidance and advice on all safeguarding and DBS matters on our website which can be found following the links below:

Cases
The Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser would like to be informed about any case where a child or vulnerable adult appears to be at risk or where an adult appears to present a risk. They should be consulted if there is an allegation of misconduct In relation to children or vulnerable adults.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks
We have advice on finding a Registered Body and obtaining DBS checks. The Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser does not advise on this process. However, they will advise on eligibility for these checks and related issues. They are also the Diocesan contact for ‘blemished’ or ‘positive’ Disclosures, i.e. those where matters of concern are recorded.

Training
We offer Training in safeguarding in a number of ways, but the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser no longer provides this service regularly to parishes.

All parochial clergy are required to attend Clergy Safeguarding Training every three years under arrangements approved by the bishop.

Newsletter
We issue a newsletter to safeguarding officers on safeguarding issues three times a year. Read latest Safeguarding Newsletter Spring 2016

Contact Details:

Due to the volume of calls and correspondence received within the department please search the pages detailed above before contacting us.

If you are not able to find the information or if you need to contact us regarding an urgent safeguarding matter please use the contact details below:

For urgent and confidential safeguarding matters:

For general safeguarding enquiries and advice on policies or procedures:

For queries on safeguarding training: