Church of England Diocese of Blackburn Penwortham

PCC Safeguarding Policy

THE PARISH CHURCH OF PENWORTHAM ST MARY

SAFEGUARDING STATEMENT – June 2019

PROMOTING A SAFER CHURCH:

As a parish we have adopted the House of Bishops ‘Promoting a Safer Church’ policy and the Parish Safeguarding Handbook,   incorporating the House of Bishop’s Safeguarding Policy and Practice Guidance. Click here to view

Our PCC has formally adopted this and signed the Safeguarding Policy Statement Promoting a Safer Church. Click here to view

Details of our parish safeguarding officer can be found in the attached ‘Safeguarding in our Parish – who’s who. Click here to view

We have also displayed the Promoting a Safer Church poster prominently within our church / parish Click here to view

To view our Safeguarding Policy for Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults click here.

All those working with children and adults at risk have been vetted, and are undertaking safeguarding training and support.

REPORTING SERIOUS INCIDENTS TO THE CHARITY COMMISSION

The members of Penwortham St Mary’s PCC as charity trustees, are responsible for reporting ALL Serious Incidents to the Charity Commission in a timely manner. Click here to view our policy.

REPORTING A CONCERN:

Any safeguarding concerns in a parish should be brought to the attention of your local Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO) in the first instance, who can seek further advice from Sharon Hassall, the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA), as necessary.

Safeguarding concerns in a school/university/prison/healthcare setting should be raised with the relevant organisation's Safeguarding team. If the concern involves one of our chaplains, please also contact Sharon Hassall direct. 


Sharon's contact details are:

Telephone: 01254 503070 Mobile: 07711 485170 Email: [email protected]

Address: Diocese Offices, Clayton House, Walker Business Park, Blackburn, BB1 2Q

LINKS TO THE DIOCESAN SAFEGUARDING TEAM CAN BE FOUND HERE:

https://www.blackburn.anglican.org/diocesan-safeguarding-team

https://www.blackburn.anglican.org/reporting-a-safeguarding-concern

FINDING SUPPORT:

We understand reporting abuse may be very difficult and that not everyone may want to contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team. Below is a list of other agencies that are available to assist either on a 24-hour basis or through specialist helplines and services:

NSPCC Child Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are worried about a child.

Child-line: 0800 1111 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are a child or young person and are worried about anything.

National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse.

Samaritans Helpline: 116 123 (open 24 hours). Phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to.

Action on Elder Abuse Helpline: 080 8808 8141 (free phone Monday to Friday 9-5pm).