Quality assurance procedures are a systematic method of assessing the extent to which the seven child safeguarding standards are implemented at all levels within the Diocese. This is an important method of ensuring that a process of continuous improvement takes place, and of demonstrating accountability and transparency.
Quality assurance will be undertaken by applying three methods:
- Assessing compliance by the Diocese during systematic visits to parishes (3.2);
- Annual self-audit scheme (3.3) carried out locally, but coordinated by the safeguarding committee;
- Annual report by the DLP to the Bishop on Standards 2, 3 and 4 (3.4).
All of the documents produced are internal to the Diocese and do not need to be sent to the NBSCCCI.
The role of the safeguarding committee across Standards 1, 5, 6 and 7 is outlined in Appendix A. In relation to Standard 7, the safeguarding committee is responsible for:
- Producing and reviewing the three-year child safeguarding plan of how to maintain standards 1, 5 and 6 across the Church body;
- Liaising with the parish safeguarding representatives (PSRs) to ensure the compilation of a local safeguarding audit, and to identify areas where guidance and support on policy or practice is needed;
- Ensuring that an annual safeguarding report on Standards 1, 5 and 6 is made to the Bishop;
- Ensuring that records in relation to safeguarding matters are produced and stored securely.