Our Safeguarding Policy
How We Care, Nurture and Respect All Children and Adults in Our Pastoral Ministry
1. We are committed to:
• The care, nurture of, and respectful pastoral ministry with, all children and all adults
• The safeguarding and protection of all children, young people and adults when they are vulnerable
• The establishing of safe, caring communities which provide a loving environment where there is a culture of ‘informed vigilance’ as to the dangers of abuse.
2. Careful Selection & Training
We will carefully select and train all those with any responsibility within the Church, in line with safer recruitment principles, including the use of Disclosure and Barring Service criminal records checks.
3. Response to Complaints
We will respond without delay to every complaint made which suggests that an adult, child or young person may have been harmed, co-operating with the police and local authority in any investigation and we will have a clear reporting procedure in place.
4. Anyone Who Has Suffered Abuse
We will seek to work with anyone who has suffered abuse, developing with him or her an appropriate ministry of informed pastoral care.
5. Anyone Who Abuses Power
We will seek to challenge any abuse of power, especially by anyone in a position of trust.
6. How we Deal With Abusers
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.
7. We Will Follow Statute, Guidance & Good Practice
In all these principles we will follow statute, guidance and recognised good practice.
8. Which Organisation We Tell
We will advise the Diocese which is the Registered Body we use to process applications for Disclosure and Barring Service criminal records checks.
9. Which Person We Tell
We will advise the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser if we receive a Disclosure which is ‘blemished’ or ‘positive’.
10. Keeping Up to Date
We will review this policy annually, check that our policies are up to date, and supply a copy of the updated policy statement to the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser.
11. Our Safeguarding Officer is:
Name REVD SHARON ROBERTS
Address 25 LONGFIELD DRIVE, AMERSHAM HP6 5HD
Telephone 01494 433853
This Policy was signed by the vicar and churchwardens & agreed by St Thomas’ District Church Council on 16 July 2018