- Every person has a value and dignity which comes directly from being created in God’s own image and likeness.
- This church is, therefore, committed to the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults, and to ensuring their well-being.
- We believe that all children and vulnerable adults should safely enjoy and have access to every aspect of the life of our church.
- We commit ourselves to nurture, protect and safeguard all our members, particularly children, young people and vulnerable adults.
- We recognise that safeguarding is the responsibility of the whole Church community helping to prevent the physical, sexual, emotional abuse and neglect of children under 18 years of age.
- We recognise that we all have a responsibility to help prevent the physical, sexual, psychological, emotional, financial, discriminatory abuse of vulnerable adults.
- We will report to the relevant authorities any abuse of children, young people or vulnerable adults that we discover or suspect and cooperate in any investigation.
- We undertake to exercise proper care in the selection, appointment, training and support of those working in both paid and voluntary positions with children or vulnerable adults, including the use of Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosures.
- We will challenge any abuse of power by anyone in a position of trust.
- We will seek to offer pastoral care and support to anyone who has suffered abuse, developing with them appropriate pastoral support.
- 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.
The PCC of this Church agreed and adopted the above Policy Statement at its meeting in September 2016.
We have appointed Mrs Margaret Plant as our Safeguarding Coordinator and Kim Goodson as her Deputy.
A copy of the Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy and Procedures is available from the Safeguarding Coordinator.
The PCC reviews the Policy and Procedures annually in September. The next review will take place in September 2017.