Safeguarding Policy Statement
Every person has a value and a dignity which comes directly from the creation of male and female in God’s own image and likeness. Christians see this potential as fulfilled by God’s re-creation of us in Christ. Among other things this implies a duty to value all people as bearing the image of God and therefore to protect them from harm.
We accept and endorse the principles set out in ‘Safeguarding in the Diocese of London of which further details can be found by clicking here.
We commit ourselves to nurture, protect and safeguard all our members, particularly children, young people and vulnerable adults.
We recognise that safeguarding is the responsibility of the whole church community.
We undertake to exercise proper care in the selection, appointment, training and support of those working in both paid and voluntary positions with children or vulnerable adults, including the use of Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosures and making appropriate referrals to the DBS.
We will respond without delay to concerns or allegations that a child or vulnerable adult may have been harmed, cooperating with the police and social care services in any investigation.
We will challenge any abuse of power by anyone in a position of trust.
We will seek to offer pastoral care and support, to anyone who has suffered abuse, developing with them appropriate pastoral support.
We will seek to offer pastoral care and support, including supervision and referral to the proper authorities, to any member of our church community known to have offended against a child, young person or vulnerable adult.
The PCC of this Church has agreed and adopted the above Policy at its meeting on Thursday 19th April 2018.
We have appointed:
Paul Huntley as our Church Safeguarding Officer
Marian Ramsay as our Children’s Champion.
Copies of the Parish’s Safeguarding Children and Young People’s policy and Safeguarding Adults at Risk policy are held by the PCC Secretary, Eric Ramsay.
The PCC shall review this policy annually.
The next review will take place at the first PCC meeting following our APCM held in April.
IMPORTANT TELEPHONE NUMBERS:
Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers: 020 7932 1224
CCPAS 24 hour helpline: 0303 003 1111
Family Lives: 0808 800 222 (Previously Parentline)
Childline: 0800 1111