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 also has adopted a Lone Worker Policy – see link.