Safeguarding

LCSD takes its duty and obligation to protect all extremely seriously. We have adopted thorough Safeguarding procedures and guidelines and ask our community to work within them.

If you have any safeguarding concerns relating to any members of our community, please contact our Community Warden .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Safeguarding for Spiritual Directors

As part of our community, we ask all our directors to have up-to-date safeguarding training at level C0 and C1 (Basic Awareness and Foundation) at a minimum. This can be accessed through local church structures.

If you are within the Church of England, you can access training here.

You can also access safeguarding training from thirtyone:eight. They suggest that their webinar on adult safeguarding would be most appropriate for spiritual directors. See more here.

This training should be repeated every three years.

At regular intervals, we provide a ‘bolt-on’ Safeguarding for Spiritual Direction session which is designed to be a supplement to other safeguarding training to allow us to explore the unique aspects of safeguarding within Spiritual Direction. For more details, please check our Events page for the latest courses.

Advice for Spiritual Directors

If you have urgent severe safeguarding concerns about a directee, call 999.

If you have any other safeguarding concerns, follow the procedures set out according to your diocese or church community. Keep a written record of any concerning incident or conversation, and make sure you know how to contact the relevant Safeguarding Officer before you need to do so.

Useful contacts include:

  • 31:8 24-hour helpline - 0303 003 1111 - this is staffed Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, with an out of hours emergency service for urgent calls. They offer advice and support about a range of concerns. See more online here.
  • The Samaritans - 116 123 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (24 hour response time)
  • To find a local NHS urgent mental health helpline (England only), search online here.
  • The mental health charity Mind has a directory of crisis helplines, also downloadable as a pdf, available here.

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