Church of England Diocese of Sheffield Bradfield

Safeguarding at St Nicholas' Church, Bradfield

Parish Safeguarding Officer - Mrs Carol Leichert 0114 285 1133

Rector- The Revd Alan Isaacson 0114 285 1225

Sheffield Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser - Ms Linda Langthorne 01709 309149 or 07871 796682

Sheffield Diocesan Safeguarding Administrator - Ms Sue Lamprell 01709 309151

Church of England Policy and Commitments

The care and protection of children, young people and adults involved in church activities is the responsibility of everyone who participates in the life of the church.

Our Commitments:

- Promoting a safer environment and culture

- Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children and vulnerable adults

- Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation

- Caring pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse or other affected persons

- Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns/allegations of abuse and other affected persons

- Responding to those that may pose a present risk

Introduction

This document is the Safeguarding Policy applicable in all groups and events authorised by the Parochial Church Council of St. Nicholas Bradfield in which children are participants, whether or not on St. Nicholas Church premises. Children being defined as being young people under the age of 18 years who belong to the Sunday Club, the Choir, the Bellringers or any other organisation forming part of Church activities whether on a permanent or temporary basis and where children or young people under the age of 18 are involved.

Aims & Objectives

To ensure the physical, sexual and emotional protection of the children entrusted to the care of the Church while involved in any group or activity authorised by St. Nicholas PCC.

To bring the children and young people brought into contact with the Church to achieve a full and meaningful faith and Christ.

To encourage young people to experience the love of god.

To support and protect leaders who adhere to the policies, procedures and practices contained in this document.

To provide a safe meeting place for young people.

Policy Statement

The PCC adopts the policy statement of the Diocese and will display it prominently in all church premises. The PCC expects all church workers to follow its Safeguarding Children Policy and will display it in a prominent place.

Application of the Policy

All new workers, whether paid or voluntary, working for/in any group authorised by St Nicholas PCC will be informed of the policy by the vicar, the Parish Safeguarding Officer or the group leader. They will be expected to accept the policy and guidelines and work according to their requirements.

Staffing

There must be at least 2 adults present in any group. There should, preferably, be a female/male mix.

The Children Act requires the following standard rations for the supervision of children for indoor activities and these should be adhered to:

Age Group Staff Children

0-2 years 1 for every 3

2-3 years 1 for every 4

3-5 years 1 for every 8

5-8 years 1 for every 8

Over 8 years 1 for the first 8 children and then 1 each for each additional 12.

However, on no account should an adult be by themselves with any age group. Staffing rations with all age groups should always take account of the need and nature of the group.

The recruitment and appointing of new leaders

Applicants will follow the recruitment process included in the Safeguarding Children Policy. They will complete an application form prior to their interview and bring the Confidential Self Declaration form to the interview. References and and a DBS (formerly CRB) via the Diocesan system will be obtained. If selected, they give their self declaration form to the Rector for confidential storage. The appointment of the applicant is subject to a satisfactory Disclosure from the Criminal Records Bureau. All those working with children and young people will follow the good practice guidelines in the Diocesan Safeguarding Children Policy and Guidelines. (Sent by Diocesan Safeguarding Officer, Church House)

Training

Training needs will be regularly discussed with the leaders and where possible, provision made to identify needs.

Evaluation & Review

A report will be made to the Annual Church Meeting by all groups

A brief report will be made to the A.G.M. of the Safeguarding Children Policy. The matter of child protection is a standing item on the agenda.

All Children and Young People’s workers will meet to review their work on an annual basis.

A copy of the current Parish Safeguarding Policy should be sent to the Archdeacon for inclusion in the parish file. A further copy should be sent there if there are substantial amendments.

Registration

A hard backed register should be kept by each group which includes the parent/carers names, addresses and phone numbers, including an emergency contact.

Parental Consent

Consent forms completed by a parent or guardian should always be obtained when undertaking activities away from the usual meeting place. These must include any medical problems.

Insurance

The PCC will ensure that there is adequate insurance cover for all children and young people’s activities.

Fire Regulations and Security

All group leaders will be aware of fire regulations and the positions of fire extinguishers. They will be vigilant to the presence of anyone on the premises during the meetings of the groups. They should know who to contact in an emergency relating to the building.

Food and Hygiene

If any group is involved in the preparation or selling of food, at least one leader should have completed the food hygiene and food safety course to ensure good practice is followed.

First Aid and Accidents

Each group will have at least one adult present who has attended a basic course on first aid. There should be a properly stocked first aid kit accessible to each group. In the event of any accident, an incident and accident report form should be completed . This should be kept securely in a marked file. Parents should also be informed of any accident.

Suspected or Alleged Abuse

The parish undertakes to follow the Diocesan Allegations Policy. Concerns about or reported by a child will be dealt with in accordance with the Diocesan Guidelines and will be reported to the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, or to the appropriate Archdeacon. The telephone numbers of Childline and NSPCC Helpline are on the Church Notice Board and in the tower room where children meet. The children should be represented on the PCC by one of the Youth Leaders.

Safeguarding Officers and Information

Childline - 0800 1111

NSPCC - 0808 800 500

Sheffield Domestic Abuse Helpline - 0808 808 2241

Parish Safeguarding Officer - Mrs Carol Leichert 0114 285 1133

Rector-   The Revd Alan Isaacson 0114 285 1225

Sheffield Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser - Ms Linda Langthorne 01709 309149 or 07871 796682

Sheffield Diocesan Safeguarding Administrator - Ms Sue Lamprell 01709 309151

The Safeguarding Officer for this Parish would be pleased to answer any questions on any aspect of this policy.

DIOCESE OF SHEFFIELD

SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN POLICY

As members of the Church of England we are concerned with the wholeness of each individual within God’s purpose for everyone. We seek to safeguard all members of the church community, of all ages. It is the responsibility of each one of us to protect children and young people from physical, emotional and sexual abuse, and from neglect.

CHURCH OF ENGLAND

CHILD PROTECTION STATEMENT

The church of England, in all aspects of its life, is committed to and will champion the protection of children and young people both in society as a whole and in its own community. It fully accepts, endorses and will implement the principle enshrined in the Children Act 1989 that the welfare of the child is paramount. The Church of England will foster and encourage best practice within its community by setting standards for working with children and young people and by supporting parents in the care of their children. It will work with statutory bodies, voluntary agencies and other faith communities to promote the safety and wellbeing of children and young people. It is committed to acting promptly wherever a concern is raised about a child or young person or about the behaviour of an adult, and will work with the appropriate statutory bodies when an investigation into child abuse is necessary.

House of Bishops Policy, 2004