Must we have one dashboard for each parish?

Since 2017, there has been a requirement for every church body to:

"...have a ‘Promoting a Safer Church’ action plan in place that sets out, in line with national and local priorities, how the policy is being put into action and is reviewed regularly."

Promoting a Safer Church - see the last page

Therefore, the key question for a parish is, “Which governing body has the main responsibility for safeguarding?

The answer for a parish is likely to be one of the following:

  • Parochial Church Council
  • Joint Council
  • District Church Councils

Parochial Church Council

If the responsibility for safeguarding rests with the PCC, we strongly recommend one dashboard per parish.  The dashboard can then produce an action plan for discussion and approval by the PCC.  

Joint Council

The Church Representation Rules permit 'connected parishes' to establish a Joint Council (which replaces the separate PCCs).  In such cases, the Joint Council might prefer to have a joint-dashboard (which replaces the separate dashboards for each parish).  The joint-dashboard can then produce a single action plan for discussion and approval by the Joint Council.

District Church Councils

The Church Representation Rules permit a parish with two or more churches to establish District Church Councils.  In such cases, the PCC might prefer to have a separate dashboard for each district.  Each dashboard can then produce an action plan for discussion and approval by the relevant DCC.


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