Safeguarding: Guiding Principles

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. In accordance with the Church of England Safeguarding Policy ‘Promoting a Safer Church’, our Benefice 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 without delay to every concern raised which suggests that an adult, child or young person may have been harmed or is at risk of harm, co-operating with the police and local authority in any investigation.

* 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.

Safeguarding Policy for the Benefice of St Bartholomew

The Benefice of St. Bartholomew’s Safeguarding Policy and Guidelines have been developed in conjunction with the Diocese of Salisbury Safeguarding and Good-Practice Guidelines. A copy of the Policy can be found at the bottom of this article.

Benefice Safeguarding Representatives

If you have concerns over the safeguarding of children and young people or vulnerable adults, please immediately contact the Benefice Safeguarding Officer whose details are shown below:

* Mr Bob Thackray, Safeguarding Officer - telephone: 01747 829 035. Click here to see Bob’s full contact details.

Alternatively, you can contact the Diocese of Salisbury Safeguarding Adviser, Mrs Heather Bland - telephone 07500 664800. Click here to see Heather's full contact details.

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