Parish Safeguarding Information
In addition to the Church of England's national safeguarding policy (which may be found here: https://www.churchofengland.org/media/17545), the document 'Protecting All God's Children' (to be found here: https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2017-11/protectingallgodschildren.pdf) and the London Diocesan safeguarding policy (which you may download below) St Matthew also has local arrangements in place which are described here:
Parish Safeguarding Policy Statement
The Parish of St Matthew, Ponders End
SAFEGUARDING POLICY STATEMENT 2019
The following policy was agreed at the Parish Church Council meeting (PCC) held on 2nd June 2019
In accordance with the House of Bishops’ Policy Statements ‘Promoting a Safer Church’ (2017) and ‘Protecting All God’s Children’ (2010) and the Diocesan Safeguarding Policy ‘Promoting a Safer Diocese’ (2018) 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 Church Safeguarding Officer (CSO) to work with the Priest-in-Charge 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.
This church appoints Janice Dickson as the Church Safeguarding Officer. (Janice may be contacted on 020 8805 1254, or at [email protected] if you have any concerns about safeguarding issues or incidents at St Matthew's.)
Priest-in-Charge: Fr Stephen Brown
Churchwardens: Paul Holgate; Jackie Osborne
Date: 31st October 2019