Diocese of Chichester Safeguarding

Using Mobile Devices

If a church employee is required to use a mobile telephone in the course of their work, then as far as is practicable they should be supplied with a phone dedicated for work purposes. This may also be the case for certain volunteers, such as youth group leaders. This allows for the phone to be switched off outside ‘working hours’, and for usage to be accountable. This means that the church officer’s personal number can remain private. Texts or conversations that raise concerns should be saved and passed on to the local nominated safeguarding officer. If a church employee is provided with a ‘work mobile’, they should be required to sign to say that they will use it only in accordance with the guidance in this document.