Church of England Diocese of Canterbury Lyminge with Paddlesworth

Safeguarding of Adults and Children

Summary of the Safeguarding Policy for this Church:

● We are committed to respectful pastoral ministry to all adults within

our church community.

● We are committed, within our church community, to the safeguarding

and protection of vulnerable people.

● We will carefully select and train all those with any pastoral

responsibility within the Church, including the use of Criminal Records

Bureau disclosures where legal or appropriate.

● We will respond without delay to any complaint made that an adult for

whom we were responsible has been harmed, cooperating with police

and the local authority in any investigation.

● We will seek to offer informed pastoral care to anyone who has

suffered abuse, developing with them an appropriate healing ministry.

● We will challenge any abuse of power by anyone in a position of trust.

● We will care for and supervise any member of our church community

known to have offended against a vulnerable person.

Safeguarding Officer - Celia Mosley (see below)

Churchwardens -  Celia Mosley  01303 893609 [email protected]; Lindsey Smith [email protected];  Paul Sharman  07935695105 [email protected]

Please contact the Secretary, Mrs Sapphire Harris (01303) 891801

for a copy of the PCC policy.

Finding support

We understand reporting abuse may be very difficult and distressing to you and it may add to your hurt by our not being able to immediately assist you. Therefore here are the contact details of other agencies that are available to assist either on a 24-hour basis or through specialist helplines and services.

Social Services: www.kent.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/report-abuse

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).