Safeguarding at St John's
We take our Safeguarding responsibilities very seriously here at St John’s and would like you to see the St John's Parochial Church Council (PCC) safeguarding policy statement and to take note of some important guidance about what you can do if you have any concerns about safeguarding.
The safeguarding policy statement is as follows:
TOWARDS A SAFER CHURCH: CREATING A SAFE SPACE
This statement was adopted by St John’s Parish at a Parochial Church Council meeting held on 22nd May 2019.
As members of this Parish we commit ourselves to care for one another safely.
We recognize that everyone has different levels of vulnerability, both seen and unseen, and that each of us may be regarded as at risk at some time in our lives.
We commit ourselves to:
· the Safeguarding of people who may be at risk, ensuring their well-being in the life of this church
· promoting safe practice by those in positions of trust.
· promoting the inclusion and empowerment of people who may be at risk
· recruit safely following the recognised procedures
· supporting, resourcing, training and regularly reviewing those who undertake work with children/young people and adults who might be at risk.
It is the responsibility of each of us to prevent physical, emotional, sexual, financial and spiritual abuse. We will report any abuse that we discover or suspect.
We agree to work within the guidelines of the Church of England and the Diocese.
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 Anne Morris as the Parish Safeguarding Officer and DBS Administrator.
Signature C A Morris Date 29/5/2019
This policy will be reviewed each year by the Parochial Church Council and re-affirmed at the Annual General Meeting.
Church Wardens Mr. Martin Stait Signature M Stait Date 29/5/19
Mr. Gordon Oritt Signature S G Orritt Date 29/5/19
To learn more about safeguarding
If you would like to see what the Diocese of Newcastle says about safeguarding click on this web link www.newcastle.anglican.org/safeguarding and have a look at the headings under Safeguarding on the right-hand side of the screen.
For the Church of England's National Safeguarding Information please click on www.churchofengland.org/more/safeguarding.
Urgent safeguarding concern about a vulnerable adult or a child or young person
IF YOU THINK A VULNERABLE ADULT OR A CHILD OR YOUNG PERSON IS CLEARLY IN IMMEDIATE DANGER YOU SHOULD CONTACT THE POLICE STRAIGHT AWAY BY RINGING 999
In other cases, please see the following.
Worried about a child or young person in your church?
If you’re worried that a child or young person in your church might be suffering from some kind of ABUSE:
DO NOT try to diagnose, investigate or sort it out yourself
THINK HARD about what it is about the child’s appearance or behaviour that is making you worried or suspicious
DO NOT promise confidentiality if someone talks to you about what might be abuse
DECIDE who you should talk to, and
TALK TO THEM – within 24 hours
The person to talk to might be -
· the Parish Safeguarding Officer (Anne Morris 07841 024 034)
· the Safeguarding Advisor for the Diocese of Newcastle (Carole Butler 07825 167 016)
· the Assistant Safeguarding Adviser for the Diocese (Andrew Grant 07741 633 670)
Organisations outside the church who can help with concerns about a child or young person:
Contact details for local authority statutory services in Newcastle Diocese, for guidance or to report on a safeguarding concern a child or young person – click on any of these links :
You can also obtain help by telephoning any of the following organisations -
· Northumberland Social Services on 01670 623978 (0845 600 5252 out of hours)
· the NSPCC Child Protection Helpline on 0808 800 5000 - lines free and open 24 hours. Phone if you are worried about a child
· Childline on 0800 1111 - lines free and open 24 hours. Phone if you are a child or young person and are worried about anything.
· Family Lives on 0808 800 2222
Organisations outside the church who can help with concerns about yourself or a vulnerable adult
As for children and young persons (see above),you can contact the three local authority statutory services in Newcastle Diocese about vulnerable adults. Click on any of the following links:
You can also telephone any of the following bodies for help :
· The National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247 - lines free and open 24 hours, Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse;
· Samaritans Helpline on 116 123 - lines open 24 hours. Phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to
· Action on Elder Abuse Helpline on 080 8808 8141 - free phone Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm
Local contacts available to speak to if you have any concerns:
Name: The Reverend Matthew Hunter
Role: Priest-in-Charge of St John's
Telephone 07394 239 772
E-mail [email protected]
Name: Anne Morris
Role: Parish Safeguarding Officer
Telephone: 07841 024 034
E-mail: [email protected]
Name: Carol Butler
Role: Diocesan Safety Adviser
Telephone: 07825 167 016
E-mail: [email protected]
Name: Andrew Grant
Role: Assistant Safeguarding Adviser
Telephone: 07741 633 670
E-mail [email protected]
Would you like advice about anything above?
IF YOU ARE UNSURE ABOUT ANY OF THE ABOVE INFORMATION CONCERNING SAFEGUARDING AT ST JOHN’S AND WANT ADVICE QUICKLY, PHONE LOCAL CONTACTS MATTHEW OR ANNE – SEE IMMEDIATELY ABOVE.
If it is not urgent, click on the "Get in touch" tab on the left-hand side of the website screen and follow the guidance there about how to contact us.