Safeguarding in the Context of Bell Ringing
The involvement of young people has long been a feature of church bell ringing. The teaching of these young people and their acceptance and encouragement by adult ringers has made the world of ringing almost unique in the way in which the different age groups interact. The local Diocese requires all Parochial Church Councils to have an acceptable policy for work with young people in their respective parishes. All ringing-related activities for young people at parish level will be subject to the requirements of the local PCC policy. However, there is a range of different ringing-related activities in which young ringers may take part, not all of which will be addressed by a Parish policy. The following list
indicates the range of activities but is not exhaustive:
- Attendance at practice and service ringing in their own tower.
- Attendance at practice and service ringing in other towers.
- Participation in activities arranged locally e.g., outings, social events etc.
- Attendance at local Guild meetings or practices.
- Participation in other Guild events e.g., outings etc.
- Attendance at Guild training events.
Those activities organised by the Guild fall principally into categories 4, 5 and 6, and the Guild Policy seeks to demonstrate how the recommendations of the various guidelines have been addressed and their application to Guild Officers.
The Guild Safeguarding Policy was agreed at the Guild Executive Meeting on 20th March 2021 and can be downloaded using the buttons below.
John Davey, Guild Safeguarding Officer
21st March 2021