Independent Chair of the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Panel

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Church House Guildford
Fixed Term Part Time

It’s an exciting time to be part of the Diocese with our mission of ‘Transforming Church Transforming Lives’ and the supporting goals that include a commitment to establish 100 new worshipping communities over the next 10 years, growing the number of ordained clergy and sharing expertise to release fresh energy for mission.

We believe that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and is at the heart of all that we do. We are on a journey, taking all possible steps to ensure that our churches and worshipping communities are truly a place where all are safe and can flourish.

The Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Panel (DSAP) plays a vital role in the mission and ministry of the Diocese of Guildford, ensuring so far as possible that strategy, processes and policies create a safe environment for all.

The DSAP reports to and advises the Bishop and the Bishop’s Staff Meeting (BSM), and is constituted in line with the House of Bishops practice guidance ‘Key Roles and Responsibilities of Church Office Holders and Bodies 2017’.

The DSAP members are appointed by the Bishop of Guildford. The membership of the DSAP will include external professionals with expertise and current experience in the strategic overview of safeguarding vulnerable groups. The DSAP includes representatives from the police and Social Services and may invite other external agencies and individuals with particular expertise.

  • Ensure that the DSAP’s advisory and scrutiny functions are carried out effectively.
  • Ensure that the DSAP works constructively and effectively to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and vulnerable adults across the Diocese of Guildford, ensuring that the confidential and sensitive information provided by the constituent agencies of the Panel is preserved at all times.
  • Work collaboratively with the Bishop of Guildford, the Bishop’s staff team (BSM), the Diocesan.
  • Safeguarding team and any other senior officials to ensure a constructive relationships.
  • DSAP in the joint quest of taking all possible steps to achieve a safer church.
  • Ensure that the Diocese has a strategic overview of safeguarding practice across the Diocese in line with House of Bishops’ policy and practice guidance, together with appropriate quality assurance and risk management.
  • To work with the DSAP and senior leadership team to ensure that the voices of children, young people and vulnerable adults are well represented in the work of the DSAP.
  • To ensure that the voices and needs of victims/survivors and those affected by abuse are heard, considered and acted upon.
  • Agree the DSAP agenda with the Diocesan Safeguarding Lead, the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser.
  • Casework and Diocesan Training and Policy Adviser and other members of the DSAP.



  • Academic and/or professional qualification in social or health care, education or legal.

  • Discipline of sufficient standing to commend professional respect within the DSAP.


  • Professional qualification in at least one of the following areas: working with vulnerable adults and/or children.



  • Extensive professional safeguarding expertise in a relevant statutory, voluntary or judicial agency.
  • Sufficient experience of working within the public or voluntary sector at a senior level to command respect within a multiagency panel of agency representatives.
  • Experience of chairing complex, professional meetings at a senior level in an efficient manner.
  • Sufficient experience of the operational context of safeguarding work to enable well-grounded contributions to resolving individual case issues.
  • Commitment to the welfare of children and/or vulnerable adults, demonstrable through previous or current professional or voluntary activities.



  • Skills in negotiation to assist in resolving any conflict between agencies.
  • Strong organisational awareness to ensure the smooth operation of the DSAP and its relationship to and with other diocesan governance structures.
  • Pragmatic and solutions-orientated approach to resolving situations or issues.


  • Skilled and effective at delivery workshops or training modules/courses.

Guildford is one of 41 dioceses, or regions, covering the whole of England. The diocese has two archdeaconries, each with six deaneries, and a total of 162 parishes, 86 church schools extending across two-thirds of Surrey, North East Hampshire, into Sussex and Greater London. We have 217 church buildings which see more than 25,000 people worshipping on an average Sunday, in addition to many thousands more of all ages who use those buildings or neighbouring Church halls on weekdays for church activities and community clubs and meetings. All of this is supported by more than 300 clergy and around 80 staff in our central teams.

A great deal of the work of the church is done at a local level by the parishes. The diocesan teams support and encourage the work of the parishes, and also work with wider networks to the mutual benefit of the church and society at local, regional and national levels.

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