Safeguarding Policy

PCC Policy Statement for the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults: 

As members of the PCC we commit our church community to:

  • The support, nurture, pastoral care, protection and safeguarding of all, especially the young and vulnerable.
  • The establishing of a safe and caring community which provides –
 > a loving environment where victims of abuse can report or disclose abuse and where they can find support                                                                                                                                            > a culture of best practice that contributes to the prevention of abuse                                                  > a culture of vigilance where the whole church community takes responsibility for safeguarding

To this end:

  • We will act within and follow the current legislation, guidance, national frameworks and Diocesan Safeguarding procedures.
  • We will also act in an open transparent and accountable way in working in partnership with the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor, Children and Adult Social Care Services, the Police, Probation  Services, and other agencies to safeguard children and vulnerable adults
  • We welcome staff and volunteers who are recruited in accordance withPractice Guidance: Safer Recruitment 2015.This means that we will ensure that staff or volunteers are suitable for the role, that they know what the role entails and that they are supported in carrying it out. This also means that we will require DBS disclosures for certain roles and we request confidential voluntary disclosures for all roles.
  • We will seek to offer pastoral care and support to anyone who has suffered abuse
  • We will seek to offer pastoral care and support, including supervision under the referral of the appropriate authorities, to any member of our church community known to have offended against a child, young person or vulnerable adult.