Parish Policy Statement on Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults
- Every person has a value and dignity, which comes directly from the creation of people in God’s image. 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 commit ourselves to nurture, protect and safeguard all our members, particularly children, young people and adults at risk.
- We recognise that safeguarding is the responsibility of the whole church.
- We undertake to exercise proper care in the selection, appointment, training and support of those working with children or adults at risk.
- We will respond without delay to concerns or allegations that a child or adult at risk may have been harmed, cooperating fully in any investigation.
- We will challenge any abuse of power by anyone in a position of trust.
- We will seek to offer pastoral care to anyone who has suffered abuse.
- 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 adult at risk.
Please see our signed “posters” here (you will also find them displayed in the church porch):
Mrs Angela Bowman
Church Safeguarding Officer
Our Safeguarding Officer is the first person to speak to if you have any concerns around the welfare of a child or adult at risk.
You can contact them on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Tracey Bunce
The Children’s Champion is here to be an advocate for all children in all areas of Parish life, making sure their views are heard and their needs are thought of.
You can contact them on: 020 8230 4918
Important phone numbers:
Andy Munro, Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser: 020 3837 5092
CCPAS helpline: 0845 120 4550
Family Lives: 0808 800 222 (Previously Parentline)
Childline: 0800 1111