Church of England Diocese of Rochester Westerham

Safeguarding

We are committed to implementing the House of Bishops’ safeguarding policies and good practice guidance.   Once a year - with the last review on 23rd May 2019 - the Parochial Church Council (PCC) review and adopt "Promoting A Safer Church: Safeguarding policy statement for children, young people and adults" (attached below). 

Our aim is to provide a safe culture and to ensure that people working with children and adults when they are vulnerable are correctly trained and vetted. Issues will not be ignored and we encourage a culture of caring for victims/subjects of allegations and perpetrators. "Safeguarding" appears on every PCC meeting agenda, to manage  progress and be informed of any issues.


Safeguarding and Domestic Abuse, particularly during Coronavirus lockdown

As we follow the government's advice to stay at home, we know this can put some people under increased pressure. Issues such as domestic abuse, child abuse, neglect of children and vulnerable adults, is likely to increase at this time.

Previous places of safety or respite, such as friends, family or local churches, may no longer appear accessible.

It is vital that victims/survivors of abuse know that they are not alone and there is still help available in these challenging times:

Latest guidance from the National Church around Domestic Abuse (Tuesday 14 April)

A safeguarding message from the NHS .


To report a safeguarding concern or allegation, or if you have any questions or concerns regarding Safeguarding, please contact either our Parish Safeguarding Officer or the Vicar, contact details below: 


     Parish Safeguarding Officer: Sue Leather.  Tel: 07312 100982    Email:  [email protected]


     Vicar: Revd Kevin Barnard.   Tel: 01959 563127    Email: [email protected] 

     Alternatively Kevin can be reached at The Vicarage, Borde Hill, Vicarage Hill, WESTERHAM, Kent TN16 1TL


You can also contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team:  (Further details, see the Rochester Diocese Safeguarding web pages)


    Lead Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser and Rochester Cathedral Safeguarding Officer

     Greg Barry

     Tel: 01634 560000 or 07585 952174

     Email: [email protected]

    

     Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser

     Claire Langridge

     Tel: 01634 560000

     Email: [email protected]


     Safeguarding Administrator

     Alison Jones

     Tel: 01634 560000

     Email: [email protected]


From 5pm on Friday through to 9am on Monday Thirtyone:eight (previously CCPAS) has been contracted to take safeguarding telephone enquries, that cannot wait until the Diocesan office reopens on Monday morning. Telephone number 0303 003 11 11


Helplines:

     NSPCC: 0808 800 5000

     Childline: 0800 1111

     Stop it Now: 0808 1000 900

     NAPAC: 0808 801 0331

     Samaritans: 116 123

     Family Lives: 0808 800 2222

     National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247

     Action on Elder Abuse: 0808 808 8141


For further information please see the Church of England Website.


Loving God,

we pray that this church may be a place of welcome, security and compassion.

Keep us watchful yet caring, trusting yet ready to question,

that all who worship here may do so in safety and in the knowledge of your love;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

(Taken from Towards a Safer Church – liturgical resources from the Church of England’s Liturgical Commission and commended by the House of Bishops.)


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