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.
Academic and/or professional qualification in social or health care, education or legal.
Discipline of sufficient standing to commend professional respect within the DSAP.
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.