Policy Statement for the Safeguarding of Children and Vulnerable Adults
As members of the Parochial Church Council we commit our church community to the support, nurture, protection and safeguarding of all, especially the young and vulnerable. We recognise that our work with children, young people and vulnerable adults is the responsibility of the whole church community and as well as being fully committed to acting within current legislation, guidance, national frameworks and the Diocesan Safeguarding procedures, we will also endeavour to act in an open, transparent and accountable way in working in partnership with the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, Children and Adult Social Care Services, the Police, Probation Services and other agencies to safeguard children and vulnerable adults and assist in bringing to justice anyone who has committed an offence against them.
- We will ensure that all necessary checks are made to promote the safe selection and recruitment of ordained and lay ministers, paid workers and volunteers with children, young people and vulnerable adults, and provide the necessary supervision, support and training to them in order that they can undertake their roles effectively
- We will respond without delay to every concern raised that a child, young person or vulnerable adult may have been harmed, or be at risk from harm, or about the behaviour of an adult or child
- We will fully cooperate with the Diocese and appropriate statutory agencies during any investigation into abuse, including when allegations are made against a member of the church community
- We will ensure that pastoral care is made available to children and vulnerable adults and their families and to any member of our church community against whom an allegation is made
- We will ensure, in partnership with the Diocese and other agencies, that care and supervision is provided for any member of our church community known to have offended against a child or vulnerable adult, or to pose a risk to them
- We are committed to reviewing our policy annually, and as part of this, check that our parish safeguarding procedures are up to date and relevant
A copy of this statement is displayed on the Church noticeboard.
Parish Safeguarding Representative
Our Parish Safeguarding Representative for Children and Vulnerable Adults is Pam Unwin who can be contacted via the Church Office on 01344 844946.
Safeguarding (DBS) Validators
Our Safeguarding (DBS) Validators, who can be contacted via the Church Office on 01344 844946, are Stephen Sizer (Vicar), Peter Nevins (Youth Pastor), Hester Bouwer (Children’s Pastor) and Pam Unwin (Parish Safeguarding Representative).
Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser
The Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser is Ian Berry and can be contacted on 07544 566850 or by email.
Guildford Diocesan Safeguarding reference document
In Safe Hands is the Guildford Diocesan guide to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults.
This policy was endorsed at the PCC meeting held on 10 June 2014