Church of England Diocese of Lichfield St. Matthew, Donnington Wood

Safeguarding at St Matthew's Updated June 2021

Policy adopted by St Matthew’s PCC 2<sup>nd</sup> June 2021

To be reviewed annually .

Next review by the end May 2022 (unless superseded by new National Church Guidelines ).

Policy on the Safeguarding of Adults/Children for a Parish Church as taken from National church policy

This statement was adopted by St Matthew’s Church , Donnington Wood at a Parochial Church Council meeting held on Wednesday, 2<sup>nd</sup> June 2021

1. This policy will be reviewed each year to monitor the progress which has been achieved. We recognize that everyone has different levels of vulnerability and that each of us may be regarded as vulnerable at some time in our lives.

· We recognise that a position of power in relation to another creates a risk of vulnerability. As a consequence we strive to ensure that we consider the existence of power when working with and leading people.

· We recognise that children by virtue of legal status and dependency on adults for their emotional and physical needs will always be vulnerable and at a disadvantage. We commit to considering this in our children’s activities– undertaking supervision of leaders working with them and risk assessing activities and groups as a check and balance in our work.

· We understand that illness, disability, race, mental health and other issues can put adults in a position of vulnerability. We accept that these can be long term (ongoing), or temporary. We commit to considering this in our adults activities and events – undertaking supervision of leaders and risk assessing activities and groups as a check and balance in our work.

· We commit to transparency in our actions and accountability for our work.

2. As members of this parish we commit ourselves to respectful pastoral care for all adults and children to whom we minister.

We will consider issues relating to spiritual care in prayer activity, ensuring that Ministers, Servers and Junior Church leaders consider power, control and spiritual abuse issues in their ministry.

• We will ensure that leaders of Junior Church as well as other ministries that involve working with vulnerable persons have appropriate enhanced DBS checks.

• We commit to discuss safeguarding as a standing PCC agenda item

3. We commit ourselves to the safeguarding of people who may be vulnerable, ensuring their well-being in the life of this church.

· We will ensure that leaders of groups as well as other ministries that involve working with vulnerable persons have appropriate enhanced DBS checks.

· We will encourage participation in worship and in social activities and enable all God’s people to use their gifts as appropriate for the benefit of the whole worshipping community .

4. We commit ourselves to promoting safe practice by those in positions of trust.

We commit to discuss safeguarding and support of safeguarding as a standing PCC agenda item

• We will ensure that those in positions of trust (such as wardens), and those with remits or leadership of groups involving children etc have appropriate enhanced DBS checks and that these are updated every 5 year.

• We will engage with appropriate training and seek to develop relationships with other agencies and the diocese on safeguarding.

• Safeguarding including revision of policy will be a regular PCC agenda item and agree that whilst we have a named co-ordinator we will accept collective ownership for this important issue.

We will be transparent, open and not have secrets.

• We commit to discuss safeguarding and support of safeguarding as a standing PCC agenda item

5. The parish commits itself to promoting the inclusion and empowerment of people who may be vulnerable.

· We will consider the impact of power, disadvantage, inclusion, disability, age and race on how we provide and plan for our ministry.

· We will actively (but appropriately), challenge each other in our work in order to ensure we consider a wide range of perspectives and views– ensuring that we do not oppressively impose our own values or views to another’s detriment.

· Where a person struggles with an activity due to disadvantage, disability or illness we will go the extra mile to enable them to participate and contribute as a full part of the church.

6. It is the responsibility of each of us to prevent the physical, emotional, sexual, financial and spiritual abuse of vulnerable people and to report any such abuse that we discover or suspect.

· We will not collude, keep secrets or make decisions when we have suspicion of abuse. We will seek appropriate action to ensure through use of external agencies and the diocese safeguarding service that we engage and welcome external perspectives in order to promote a healthy accountable culture.

· We will report without being bias to our personal view. We will report and not investigate.

· We will record concerns factually in diocese suggested formats (as per recording with care policy 2017)

· We will not take chances with the welfare of children or vulnerable adults.

· We are open to scrutiny and encourage this in others.

· We have zero tolerance to abuse and put the welfare of vulnerable children and adults first.

· We take seriously training and activities relating to the safeguarding of Children and seek to engrain this in our congregational culture.

7. We undertake to exercise proper care in the appointment and selection of those who will work with people who may be vulnerable.

We will ensure that those in positions of trust (such as wardens), and those with remits or leadership of groups involving vulnerable children etc have appropriate enhanced DBS checks and that these are updated every 5 year.

• We will engage with appropriate training and seek to develop relationships with other agencies and the diocese on safeguarding.

• Safeguarding including revision of policy will be a regular PCC agenda item and agree that whilst we have a named co-ordinator we will accept collective ownership for this important issue.

We will be transparent, open and not have secrets.

• Our incumbent undertakes to ensure that to the best of his or her knowledge all PCC members, wardens and ministry leaders are of good standing.

• The PCC undertakes to appoint and upskill a dedicated Safeguarding co-ordinator.

• Safeguarding co-ordination undertakes to maintain a relationship with diocese level safeguarding team and endure that this policy is followed.

8. The parish is committed to supporting, resourcing, training and regularly reviewing those who undertake work amongst people who may be vulnerable.

• We will ensure that those in positions of trust (such as wardens), and those with remits or leadership of groups involving vulnerable children etc have appropriate enhanced DBS checks and that these are updated every 5 year.

• We will engage with appropriate training and seek to develop relationships with other agencies and the diocese on safeguarding.

• Safeguarding including revision of policy will be a regular PCC agenda item and agree that whilst we have a named co-ordinator we will accept collective ownership for this important issue.

We will be transparent, open and not have secrets.

• Our incumbent undertakes to ensure that to the best of his or her knowledge all PCC members, wardens and ministry leaders are of good standing.

• The PCC undertakes to appoint and upskill a dedicated Safeguarding co-ordinator.

• Safeguarding co-ordination undertakes to maintain a relationship with diocese level safeguarding team and endure that this policy is followed.

9. St Matthew’s Church is committed to Safeguarding and has adopted the National and Diocesan Safeguarding Policies.

· The Parish will report and record in line with Diocese policies and comply with local guidance’s for implementing national policies as defined in diocese polices. These include the diocese safeguarding policy, recording with care policy, social media policy and safer recruitment policy.

10. Each person who works with vulnerable people will agree to abide by these recommendations and the guidelines established by this church.

· Those working with vulnerable adults or children will sign a declaration to state that they have read and agree to abide by the points outlined in this policy.

This church appoints Louise Inwood to represent the concerns and views of vulnerable people at our meetings and to outside bodies as Parish Safeguarding Co-ordinator. 

She can be contacted Via email At <span style="font-size: 1rem;">[email protected] or </span>07519171685

Incumbent Original signed Rev’d P.M.Smith

Churchwarden Original signed J. Gardner

Date June 2021.




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