Our Safeguarding Policy for children, young people and vulnerable adults

The following policy was agreed at the Parochial Church Council (PCC) meeting held on 18.9.19

In accordance with the Church of England Safeguarding Policy our church is committed to:

• Promoting a safer environment and culture.

• Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children, young people and vulnerable adults within the church.

• Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation.

• Caring pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse and other affected persons.

• Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns or allegations of abuse and other affected persons.

• Responding to those that may pose a present risk to others.

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 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.

• Care for and monitor 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 health and safety policy, procedures and risk assessments are in place 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.

IF YOU ARE CONCERNED <span style="font-size: 1rem;">that someone you know is at risk of, or is being abused, or presents a risk to others, please seek advice from a Safeguarding Adviser or if necessary report the matter to the Local Authority Social Care Services or the Police without delay.</span>

Parish Safeguarding Officer for Gamlingay and Hatley PCC (PSO)

Sandra Macrow tel. 07958 710703 E-mail [email protected]

or Rev. Hilary, Young, tel. 01767 650587, E-mail: [email protected]

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSO)

Rebecca Boswell, tel. 01353652747, E-mail: [email protected]

Local Authority Services - Children 03450 455203, Adults - 03450 455202, Children and Adults out of hours 01733 234724

Other Helplines:

NSPCC 0808 800 5000:  Childline 0800 1111:  NAPAC 0808 801 0331:  Samaritans 116 123 :  Family Lives 0808 800 2222:  National Domestic Violence Helpline 0808 2000 247:  Action On Elder Abuse 080 8808 8141:  NSPCC 0808 800 5000:  Stop It Now 0808 1000 900

Call 999 if a child or adult is in immediate danger of significant or serious harm.

Full details of the Church of England's safeguarding policy statement can be found in "Promoting a safer church" available upon request from the PSO, Priest in charge or DSO.