1 WHAT IS SAFEGUARDING ABOUT?
As we say on the homepage of our website, we at St John’s, Whorlton, are committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults from harm. In this statement we aim to set out how we go about this, assisted by the guidance and policies of the Church of England nationally and the Newcastle Diocese locally. You yourselves can also supplement our efforts.
We acknowledge that readers of our website will wish to help us achieve our aim and hope that the following advice will help you do so.
2 IF YOU THINK A CHILD OR ADULT IS IN IMMEDIATE DANGER OF HARM OR NEEDS EMERGENCY MEDICAL ATTENTION
Contact the emergency services on 999 and your local authority Children or Adults Services.
3 THE SITUATION YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT IS NOT AN EMERGENCY
We hope that the following advice will help you to deal with any concerns you may have about safeguarding.
4 LOCAL CHURCH CONTACTS AVAILABLE TO GIVE YOU ADVICE
Role: Parish Safeguarding Officer
Name: Anne Morris
Telephone: 07841 024 034
E-mail: [email protected]
Role: Diocesan Safety Advisor
Name: Carol Butler
Telephone: 07825 167 016
E-mail: [email protected]
Role: Priest-in-Charge of St John's
Name: The Reverend Matthew Hunter
Telephone 07394 239 772
E-mail [email protected]
5 THE ST JOHN’S PAROCHIAL CHURCH COUNCIL (PCC) SAFEGUARDING POLICY STATEMENT
Our current annual policy statement, agreed in March 2023, is as follows.
Safeguarding Policy Promoting a safer Church
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.
This church appoints Mrs Anne Morris as the Parish Safeguarding Officer and DBS Administrator.
6 WHAT THE NEWCASTLE DIOCESE SAYS ABOUT SAFEGUARDING
If you would like to see what the Diocese of Newcastle says about safeguarding click on www.newcastle.anglican.org/safeguarding and have a look at the information on the right-hand side of the screen.
Note that by clicking on “Reporting abuse and Finding Support” on the left-hand side you will see a list of contact details for local authority statutory services in Newcastle Diocese, for guidance or to report on a safeguarding concern about a vulnerable adult or a child or young person.
A helpful list of National Services is also available to you there.
There is also information about “Safe Spaces”: an independent service supporting survivors of church-related abuse.
7 CHURCH OF ENGLAND SAFEGUARDING POLICY AND PRACTICE
For the Church of England's National Safeguarding Information please click on www.churchofengland.org/more/safeguarding.
Here, too, there is a list of sources of support from non-church organisations.
8 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 whom you should talk to, and
TALK TO THEM – within 24 hours. The person to talk to might be the Parish Safeguarding Officer (Anne Morris tel.07841 024 034) or the Safeguarding Advisor for the Diocese of Newcastle (Carole Butler tel. 07825167 016)
9 CONTACT DETAILS FOR LOCAL AUTHORITY STATUTORY SERVICES IN NEWCASTLE DIOCESE FOR GUIDANCE OR TO REPORT ON A SAFEGUARDING CONCERN FOR 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.
10 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.
11 IF YOU FIND THAT ANYTHING IN THIS STATEMENT IS UNCLEAR
You could contact Anne Morris or the Reverend Matthew Hunter (see under heading 4 above) or click on the "Get in touch" tab on the left-hand side of the website screen and follow the guidance there about sending a message to the church.