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National Safeguarding Policies

This is to certify that the PCC of the Parish of Swalwell has adopted the following safeguarding policies:

Promoting a safer church (House of Bishops’ council 2017)

Diocesan Safeguarding Policy (version 2019.1)

Responding Well to Domestic Abuse practice Guidance (2017)

Safer Recruitment Practice Guidance (2016)

More national information about promoting a safer church can be found here

As a parish we are are committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer(s), PSOs. The Diocese of Durham’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSOs. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services.

Data Protection

This Privacy Notice complies with the General Data Protection Regulations 2018 (GDPR_2018) and sets out how Holy Trinity Swalwell Church handles, stores, uses and shares your personal information when it collects such information from you or from a third party.

The Data Controller is the Parochial Church Council

What We Collect and How We Use Personal Data

Your Rights as a Data Subject

Right to request access to your personal information and information.

You have the following rights in relation to your personal information which you can exercise by writing to us at the above address: relating to our use and processing of your personal information;

Right to request that we restrict our use of your personal information

Right to receive your personal information in a structured commonly-used and machine-readable format or transmit the data directly to another Data Controller

Right to object to the processing of your personal information for certain purposes such as direct marketing and profiling;

Right to request your personal information to be erased where it is no longer necessary for the purpose for which it was collected

Right to withdraw your consent to the use of your personal information where the processing of your data is based on consent.

How Long We Retain Your Personal Information

We will retain your personal information for no longer than necessary taking into account the following:

The purpose(s) for which we are processing your personal information, such as whether it is necessary to continue to store that information in order to perform our obligation under a contract;

Whether we have any legal obligation to continue to process your personal information such as any record keeping obligations imposed by an applicable law.

How We Secure Your Personal Information

Your information is kept secure, usually in the church safe and access carefully controlled by the churchwardens.

You also have the right to lodge a complaint with the Supervisory Authority and for the United Kingdom this is the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). The ICO’s contact details are:

Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane, Wilmslow

Cheshire, SK9 5AF

Tel: 0303 123 1113 P