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Policy for safeguarding children

We are committed to promoting and supporting environments which:

  • are youth-friendly and child-friendly and nurture their positive development
  • enable children and young people to be active contributors to the church community
  • protect children and young people from actual or potential harm
  • enable and encourage concerns to be raised and responded to openly and consistently.

We recognise that:

  • the welfare of the child or young person is paramount
  • all children (regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity) have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse
  • abuse of children can occur in all communities and is most likely to occur within families and by people known to the child
  • working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare.

We will endeavour to safeguard children and young people by:

In all our activities -

  • valuing, listening to and respecting children and young people
  • fostering and encouraging best practice by setting standards for working with children and young people, in co-operation with statutory bodies, voluntary agencies and other faith communities
  • Ensuring that groups of children/young people do not meet in isolation with only one adult in attendance. 
  • In our recruitment of paid staff and volunteers, following Diocesan procedures in -
  • ensuring all necessary checks are made to promote the safe selection and recruitment of ordained and lay ministers, voluntary workers and paid workers with children and young people
  • including DBS checks and completion of Confidential Declarations.   References from  outside the church to be sought for those new to the parish and unknown to our church.
  • providing supervision, support and training.  When recruiting new workers, we will ensure that their role  and any safeguarding procedures are fully described to them

We will ensure that no person under the age of 16 years will be left in charge of any children of any age, although they may assist helpers.  Helpers aged 16-18 years may be required to complete an application for a DBS to be signed by a parent/guardian in line with Diocesan guidelines. 

In our publicity -

  • sharing information about good safeguarding practice with children, parents, and all those working with them

When concerns are raised, following Diocesan procedures in -

  • responding without delay to every concern raised that a child or young person may have been harmed, or be at risk from harm; or about the behaviour of an adult or child, with the Diocesan Safeguarding Officer being the first port of call when any serious concern is raised.
  • working with the diocese and appropriate statutory bodies during an investigation into child abuse, including when allegations are made against a member of the church community

In our care -

  • ensuring that informed and appropriate pastoral care is offered to any child, young person or adult who has suffered abuse
  • ensuring that appropriate pastoral care is offered to any member of our church community against whom an allegation is made

In our supervision, following Diocesan procedures in -

  • ensuring, 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 young person, or to pose a risk to them.

We are committed to reviewing our policy and procedures annually.

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