Safeguarding

Safeguarding

The Church of England safeguarding policy statement is based on five foundations and offers six overarching policy commitments:
  • Promoting a safer environment and culture
  • Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children, young people and vulnerable adults within the Church
  • Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation
  • Caring pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse and other affected persons
  • Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns or allegations of abuse and other affected persons
  • Responding to those that may pose a present risk to others.

This policy applies to all Church Bodies and Church Officers. Full understanding of, and adherence to, this policy should lead to a deepening in the understanding of, and respect for the rights of children, young people and vulnerable adults as people of faith in the life of the Church.

 

St Mary’s Church Safeguarding Policy

St Mary’s Church is committed to safeguarding children and adults at risk within our Church community, and also to creating an environment where all people are able to worship and pursue their faith journey with encouragement and in safety.

We are also committed to the implementation of the Diocese of Portsmouth Safeguarding Policy and Procedures, and the relevant statutory legislation and guidance for the welfare of children and adults at risk.

St Mary’s Church Safeguarding Policy Statements

Every year the PCC will agree the Church Safeguarding Children and Adults at Risk Policy Statements, displaying each copy in the Church and forwarding one copy of each to the Diocesan Safeguarding Office for their records.

St Mary’s Church Safeguarding Representatives

The PCC will appoint a minimum of one Safeguarding Representative who will be responsible on behalf of the incumbent and PCC for implementing the Diocesan policy in respect of safeguarding children and adults at risk. The Church Safeguarding Representative agrees to undertake the key responsibilities of the role as outlined in the Diocesan Safeguarding Guide.

Our DBS Applications Processor is Mrs Patricia Stemp

Our Safeguarding Representative is Mark Surtees

Paid Workers and Volunteers

All those who undertake work in a regulated activity with children or adults at risk for the Church on a voluntary or paid basis will be required to:

  • Complete a Confidential Self Declaration Form
  • To complete the necessary vetting application (DBS)

St Mary’s Church will ensure that a DBS check is requested after a risk assessment has indicated that one is both proportionate and relevant to the position (paid or voluntary) concerned.  Using the appropriate risk assessment procedures the following Church posts have been identified as requiring a DBS check:

  • Churchwardens
  • Clergy
  • Lay Readers
  • Parish Administrator
  • Lay Pastoral Assistants
  • Sunday School Leaders
  • Youth Event Workers
  • Crèche Leaders
  • Messy Church helpers
  • Stepping Stones helpers
  • Who Let The Dads Out helpers
  • Worship Leaders
  • Music Director
  • Bell Ringers

All Confidential Self Declarations Forms, references and results of DBS checks will be stored securely by the Incumbent. Declarations and DBS checks must be undertaken every five years, or sooner if the individual moves to a new post, (unless the application was obtained in the previous six months and the nature of the work is similar).

Any person refusing such checks will not be allowed to work with or have unsupervised contact with children or adults at risk in the work of the Church.

All those who work with children or adults at risk on a regular basis will be made aware and required to familiarise themselves with the Diocesan Safeguarding Policy and Procedures, and attend Diocesan Safeguarding training every three years.

Children’s Activities, Groups and Events

The following children’s and mixed age activities have been identified as PCC endorsed events and activities that fall under the Diocesan Safeguarding Procedures:

  • Worship Leading
  • Sunday School
  • Crèche
  • Stepping Stones
  • Messy Church
  • Youth Events
  • Who Let The Dads Out
  • Other relevant events if initiated

All children and young people wishing to attend the above activities will be provided with a Registration Form, which must be completed and signed by their parents before they take part.

Children who wish to take part in additional events such as church outings, holidays or sleepovers will not be allowed to participate in such activities unless the leaders of such event(s) receive a completed consent form from the parents of the child concerned, even if the parent accompanies the child on any such trip or activity.  A new form must be completed for each separate activity.

Consideration will be given at all times for the health, safety and welfare of each child, including supervision ratios, transport, first aid, premises and children with special needs.

Adults at risk Activities, Groups and Events

The following have been identified as PCC endorsed groups, events and activities that fall under the Diocesan Safeguarding Procedures:

  • Pastoral Care Visiting
  • Home groups
  • Home Communion
  • Lifts to and from Church and related events
  • Other relevant events if initiated                        

Consideration will be given at all times to the health, safety and welfare of the adult at risk, including transport, first aid, premises and adults with special needs.