Archbishop Justin Welby said…
‘Safeguarding is at the heart of the Christian faith. We are all made unique and in the image of God. Jesus came that we might have life and have it in abundance (see John 10.10)”
Safeguarding means the safety of all members of our community is paramount and that includes all those in our parish who may be vulnerable in their daily life.
The PCC annually agrees to adopt the Parish Safeguarding Policy and in order to ensure that safeguarding is constantly reviewed it is a standing item on PCC meetings. We recognise that safeguarding is the responsibility not just of the PCC and Safeguarding Officer but it is the responsibility of the whole Church. Those with key roles and members of the PCC receive regular appropriate training in safeguarding
The Parish Safeguarding Policy is displayed on the church noticeboard together with a poster with information on Safeguarding and contact details.
She can be contacted by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Other useful contacts if you have any concerns regarding safeguarding:
Parish Priest The Rev’d Judith Bee email@example.com 01730 269390
The Rector The Rev’d Canon Will Hughes 01730 260213 (St Peter’s Parish office)
Portsmouth Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser Ian Berry
Phone: 07544 566850
NSPCC Child Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000
Childline: 0800 1111
St. Mary’s Safeguarding Policy
The church of England safeguarding policy has 6 commitments, based on 5 foundations.
The 5 foundations are:
- The Gospel
- Human Rights and the Law
- Core Principles
- Good Safeguarding Practice
- Learning from the past
The 6 commitments are:
- 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 promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation
- 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
At each of our PCC meetings we will review and have a time for discussion of one of these 6 commitments.
This meeting will focus on commitment 1:
Promoting a safer environment and culture
All Church Officers will respect all children, young people and vulnerable adults and promote their well-being. The Church will strive to create and maintain environments that are safer for all, that promote well-being, that prevent abuse, and that create nurturing, caring conditions within the Church for children, young people and vulnerable adults.
It will work to continue to strengthen and review these environments. This will be done by training, support, communication, learning, governance and quality assurance processes.
The Church will strive to support all Church Officers to adhere to safer working good practice and to challenge the abuse of power. It will ensure that processes are in place that listen to and advocate on behalf of children, young people and vulnerable adults within the knowledge that they will be cared for.
St Mary’s also has adopted a Lone Worker Policy – see link.