Safeguarding Policy

Each of our five parishes has adopted a specific policy for the local circumstances, based on the following principles:
 

A nominated Child & Adult Workforce Church Safeguarding Officer has been appointed for each parish.

Our churches are committed to:

1. The care, nurture of, and respectful pastoral ministry with, all children and all adults.
2. The safeguarding and protection of all children, young people and adults when they are vulnerable.
3. The establishing of safe, caring communities which provide a loving environment where there is a culture of ‘informed vigilance’ as to the dangers of abuse.
4. We will carefully select and train all those with any responsibility within the Church, in line with safer recruitment principles, including the use of criminal records disclosures and registration with the relevant vetting and barring schemes.
5. We will respond without delay to every complaint made which suggests that an adult, child or young person may have been harmed, co-operating with the police and local authority in any investigation.
6. We will seek to work with anyone who has suffered abuse, developing with him or her an appropriate ministry of informed pastoral care.
7. We will seek to challenge any abuse of power, especially by anyone in a position of trust.
8. We will seek to offer pastoral care and support, including supervision and referral to the proper authorities, to any member of our church community known to have offended against a child, young person or vulnerable adult.
9. In all these principles we will follow legislation, guidance and recognized good practice
10.The PCCs with the Safeguarding Representative for each parish will review this policy annually, checking that all our procedures and activities involving children and young people are up to date.
11. We will review our insurance policy for those working with children ensuring we adopt the advice in the House of Bishops' Policy.
 

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