Websites and social media
Looking after your church’s social media and website? Policies you will need to know.
It is the responsibility of everyone to ensure the protection of children and vulnerable adults online and offline and spot the warning signs for those who may be experiencing abuse or online bullying. Familiarise yourself with the Diocese Safeguarding Policy (chapter 12 of the Safeguarding Handbook, page 38) and who to contact if you have questions or concerns.
Some points for you to consider…
- When sharing images of children online photo consent must be signed by their parents or guardian, including consent to share on social media. We advise renewing these consent forms annually.
- Keep photos stored in a secure location and limit access to only those who need it. Once securely stored remove the photos from phones and cameras.
- Maintain accountability by having multiple administrators on social media accounts. Facebook pages can have multiple administrators, however this is not the case on Twitter and Instagram, so make the login details available to two or three key people. If possible, the vicar should be one of your Facebook administrators and have log in details for your Twitter and Instagram accounts and your website.
- Never use social media to private message anyone under the age of 18 or vulnerable adults.
What to include on your website?
A tab with the word SAFEGUARDING should be visible on your website's home page (front page) and visible on every other page.
The following information should be on the Safeguarding page:
- The safeguarding details you have on your noticeboard
- Parish Safeguarding Policy
- Include a link to the Church of England safeguarding page.
- Include a link to the Diocese safeguarding page
- Also a link to this leaflet ‘You will be listened to’.
- Any other information that may be relevant to your parish.