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Safeguarding Policies

Child Protection Policy Statement

 

We believe that every human being is made in the image of God. It follows that we should honour everyone regardless of their age, capabilities, gender and ethnicity.

Members of this church commit themselves to the nurturing, protection, and safekeeping of the children and young people in its care.

  • It is the responsibility of all church members to do their best to prevent the physical, sexual and emotional abuse and neglect of children and young people and to report any abuse, alleged or suspected.
  • St Mary’s Church is committed to supporting, resourcing and training those who work with children and young people. St Mary’s Church will provide supervision for workers because it recognises this as important in maintaining good practice. All volunteers sign a Written Agreement.
  • Those working with children will be expected to undertake the Child Protection Training that is offered by the Diocese and they may be required to obtain a DBS disclosure and complete a Confidential Declaration before commencing their work.
  • St Mary’s Church is committed to following the Norwich Diocesan Guidelines ‘Safe Haven, The Protection of Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults’.
  • Responsibility for the appointment of workers shall rest with the PCC.

 

The Named Person appointed by the PCC to oversee the implementation of this policy

and to represent the concerns and views of children and young people is Richard Howden.

 

Vulnerable Adults in the Church

 

  • We recognise that everyone has different levels of vulnerability and that each of us may be regarded as vulnerable at some time in our lives. It is the responsibility of all church members to do their best to prevent the physical, sexual, emotional or spiritual abuse or neglect of adults who are vulnerable, and to report abuse that is alleged or suspected.
  • This church will observe Church of England guidelines with regard to Vulnerable Adults. It will support and resource workers who are appointed by the PCC, and provide for them supervision as a way of maintaining good practice.
  • Workers will be expected to undertake the Safeguarding Training that is offered by the Diocese and they may be required to obtain a DBS disclosure and complete a Confidential Declaration before commencing their work.
  • Responsibility for the appointment of workers shall rest with the PCC.

 

The Named Person appointed by the PCC to oversee the implementation of this policy

and to represent the concerns and views of vulnerable adults is Richard Howden.

 

These policies were adopted by St Mary’s Parish at the Parochial Church Council meeting held on Tuesday 24th May 2016.

They are reviewed annually, and amended as necessary to be in line with the Diocesan Safeguarding Policies.