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Mersey News

(I am including the following letter, so that everyone knows how seriously the URC is taking safeguarding and that support is at hand should it be required. Ed. Nov 2017)


Hi, I’m Julie Rafferty and I recently retired from the Cheshire Police after serving 30 years as a police officer. Most of my service I have been involved in criminal investigation and for the last nine years of my service I worked in the public protection arena, supervising teams of detectives to manage sex offenders in the community and investigating sexual and violent offences committed against the most vulnerable members of the community; as a result, I am passionate about safeguarding and ensuring that children and vulnerable adults are protected and heard.

I am really pleased to be appointed as the Safeguarding Advisor for Mersey and North-Western Synods and feel I have the experience and knowledge to support the URC churches in the two areas. As the Safeguarding Advisor, my main responsibilities will be:

 Delivery of safeguarding training to ministers and volunteers

 Creating safer environments within the church, ensuring that key individuals have current DBS checks in place

 Responding to safeguarding concerns

 Ensuring that churches have up to date Safeguarding policies and procedures

Looking forward to meeting you all, in the meantime if anyone wants any help or advice, I am contactable on:



As from the 1st November 2015, the URC is using DDC Ltd as their new Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), (formerly the Criminal Records Bureau) from CAS (Churches’ Agency for Safeguarding) to DDC (Due Diligence Checking Ltd).

The new provider can issue forms and checks either on-line or using paper copies. I decided to keep using the paper forms rather than go online, so everyone can access the service easily.

Anyone at church who works with children and/or vulnerable adults at clubs within the building, or making pastoral visits should be checked.  The rules state that we just need one checked person to be in the room with at least one other adult to oversee safety, but we decided to go one step further. As that person may be ill sometime, need to leave the room or is unable to attend, we have decided to cover anyone involved in the club(s) who may need to step in to supervise or help at any time.

The main difference with the new system is that they now request photocopies of the applicant’s proof of identity documents, e.g. birth certificate, passport, driver’s licence etc. rather than them being scrutinised by the verifier alone.


Dear All                                                                            14 November 2020

Here is a link to the zoom Safeguarding Training dates

Please would you send it around church as all elders need to do this, anyone involved in supervising children i.e. junior church, trinity players or anyone in church  involved in visiting or looking after vulnerable adults.  Little fishes - for anyone leading or providing personal care.

I’m sure anyone is welcome as safeguarding is the whole churches responsibility.


Gill x

Safeguarding News                     

Just to let you know a few snippets of news from the URC Safeguarding teams.

There is new guidance which can be found on the URC website called Good Practice 5 which is  a very long read but we are at present updating the Church Policy in accordance with this.

The link to the URC site is:

A few bullet points

 Safeguarding is the responsibility of the whole church, so it is important for us all to have some knowledge about it.

 Basic training is available to all church members  via  Zoom and there are some available slots in February –  you can also join via telephone link.

 Training  is essential  for all who work with children and vulnerable adults – this includes pastoral workers, junior church leaders, elders.  The link to the synod website is:

 Intermediate training will be available from May – this is for elders and those who lead groups

 There is a process of safe recruitment for people who work with children / vulnerable adults;

 It is important for all to ensure that any allegations, concerns or complaints about abuse or neglect are recorded ( Form : Good practice 5 appendix  A5 )and reported to myself as safeguarding officer or if not available to the Synod Safeguarding Officer

Key Contacts

Should anyone have any concerns, complaints or compliments please contact:

Church Safeguarding

Please contact the Church Elders


Synod Safeguarding Officer

Name: Julie Rafferty

Telephone No: 07964 981262


You may use the form Safeguarding Incident/Concern

(This is Appendix A5 of the Good Practice Guidelines and can be downloaded from the main URC website)

Email the completed form to:

Statutory contact in the case of a child

  Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)

  Telephone No  01942 484034 (during office hours)

  01942 828300 (outside office hours)


Children’s services Wigan Local council 01942 828300

Statutory contact in the case of an adult at risk

Emergency 24hr 01942828777

Website  Report it / abuse and neglect /Adults


Wigan Police Station, Robin Park Road, Wigan

Tel: (0161) 856 7124

Emergency 999 or 112

Safeguarding at Trinity

If you have any questions or concerns about Safeguarding at Trinity please contact the Church Elders

We would like to thank Dr Gill Mangham for all her work as she steps down from this important role .

Thank you Gill.