Safeguarding



The following policy was agreed at the Parochial Church Council (PCC) meeting held on 13 May 2019.
 
This policy statement actively underpins all safeguarding work within the church.
 
In accordance with the Church of England Safeguarding Policy our church is committed to the safeguarding, care and nurture of everyone within our community, and will ensure that we will
 
  1. Adopt and implement the House of Bishops’ safeguarding policy and practice guidance.
  2. Promote and publicise the ‘Promoting a Safer Church’ policy statement, and ensure all church officers have access to it.
  3. Have a plan in place that sets out, in line with national and local priorities, how the policy will be put into action.
  4. Ensure that any person who works with vulnerable groups is aware of and abides by national and local safeguarding guidance.
  5. Review the policy regularly to ensure best practice
 
Promoting a Safer Church sets out the Church of England’s commitment to making the church a safer place for all.
The Policies and Practice Guidance apply to all Church bodies and officers. All authorised clergy , bishops, archdeacons licensed readers and lay workers, church wardens and PCCs are required by section 5 Clergy Disciplinary Measure to have “due regard” to safeguarding guidance issued by the House of Bishops.
The Policy Statement, Policies, Practice Guidance and Protocols are available to view on the diocesan website together with the Parish Handbook
 
The Parish will:
  • Create a safe and caring place for all.
  • Have a named Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO) to work with the incumbent and the PCC to implement policy and procedures.
  • Safely recruit, train and support all those with any responsibility for children, young people and vulnerable adults to have the confidence and skills to recognise and respond to abuse.
  • Ensure that there is appropriate insurance cover for all activities involving children and adults undertaken in the name of the parish.
  • Display in church premises and on the Parish website the details of who to contact if there are safeguarding concerns or support needs.
  • Listen to and take seriously all those who disclose abuse.
  • Take steps to protect children and adults when a safeguarding concern of any kind arises, following House of Bishops guidance, including notifying the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA) and statutory agencies immediately.
  • Offer support to victims/survivors of abuse regardless of the type of abuse, when or where it occurred.
  • Following advice from the DSA support and manage the safe involvement of any member of the church community who may pose a risk to children and adults whilst maintaining appropriate confidentiality and the safety of all parties.
  • Ensure that procedures and risk assessments are in place for all activities and that these are reviewed annually.
  • Review the implementation of the Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and Practices at least annually.
 
Each person who works within this church community will agree to abide by this policy and the guidelines established by this church.

 
 
Safeguarding is overseen by:

Rev’d Libby Etherington Rector  – 01252 513111 or email.
Rev’d Matthew Swires-Hennessy Associate Minister – 01252 513111 or email.
Kate Bricknell Safeguarding Officer – email.
 
Ian Berry – Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor – contactable on 07544 566 850 or email.
 
Serious safeguarding matters will be forwarded to the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, Ian Berry (or the police if immediate action is required) and we will follow the advice given.
 
Reporting a Safeguarding Concern

If you are concerned that a child or an adult is, or may be, at risk of abuse this should be reported immediately (and certainly within 24 hours) to the Church Safeguarding Officer or the clergy listed above.

If it is a non-emergency situation you can report this either in person or telephone to the Safeguarding Officer or clergy, and they will then contact the Diocese Safeguarding Officer and ensure that we respond appropriately.  We will do everything we can to support the person at risk.

If it is an Emergency situation, and you believe the child or adult is in immediate danger of significant harm, then you should call 999 before reporting it to the Safeguarding Officer or clergy.