Safeguarding Policy for St Gregorys Church with St Peter’s and Chilton.
Every person has a value and 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. 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 the Church of England House of Bishop’s publication, ‘Promoting a Safer Church – safeguarding Policy statement for children, young people and adults.”
• 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 recognise that all Clergy, Readers, members of the PCC, Lay Elders and those working with children or vulnerable adults must undertake two forms of training. This will depend on their role within the church. Everyone will need to take the Coon line training. This must be taken before any other training can be accessed. This can be found on the Diocesan web site. All members of the PCC, if they have no other role within the church that might require further training e.g. Lay Elders, must take training C1 an on-line training which is going to be available in 2018. All church wardens, Lay Elders, Music Directors, Tower Captains, and those working with children and vulnerable adults must take the C2 training which is a face to face training. All Clergy, Readers and Safeguarding Officers must take C3 training which is a face to face training. When the training has been successfully completed a copy of the certificate must be given to the safeguarding officer.
• 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 Disclosure and Barring Service. The minimum information and training as as follows:
a) To fill in a Confidential declaration
b) To take the CO training on the diocesan website.
Copies of these must be given to the Safeguarding Officer.
• 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 agreed and adopted the above Policy at its meeting on 5th December 2017
We have appointed June Freeman as our Church Safeguarding Officer (CSO).
Copies of “Promoting a Safer Church” and any parish guidelines and procedures are held
1. By the safeguarding Officer
2. In the Vestry
The PCC shall review this policy annually. The next review will take place December 2018
Vicar/Rector/Priest in Charge