Step 1: Communicating the need for a Covenant of Responsibilities
This covers the early communication between the Safeguarding Service and the Congregational Safeguarding Panel or vice versa regarding the need for a Covenant of Responsibilities.
The Safeguarding Service will advise about the appropriate use of the policy and procedure by the congregation. The Safeguarding Service will also talk through what to do, how and when, as set out in the policy and procedures.
The Safeguarding Service will contact the relevant authorities. They will also contact the subject to explain the process and also to instigate early communication.