St Mary's Radcliffe on Trent

Sharing God's Love
 

Safeguarding Statement

Every person has a value and dignity which comes directly from the creation of male and female in God’s own image and likeness.  Christians see this potential as fulfilled by God’s re-creation of us in Christ.  Among other things this implies a duty to value all people as bearing the image of God and therefore to protect them from harm. 

Principles

We are committed to: 

  • The care, nurture of, and respectful pastoral ministry with, all children and all adults. 
  • The safeguarding and protection of all children, young people and adults when they are vulnerable. 
  • The establishing of safe, caring communities which provide a loving environment where there is a culture of ‘informed vigilance’ as to the dangers of abuse. 

We will carefully select and train all those with any responsibilities within the Church, in line with safer recruitment principles, including the use of the Disclosure and Barring Service. 

We will respond without delay to every complaint made which suggests that an adult, child or young person may have been harmed, co-operating with the police and local authority in any investigation.

We will seek to work with anyone who has suffered abuse, developing with him or her an appropriate ministry of informed pastoral care. 

We will seek to challenge any abuse of power, especially by anyone in a position of trust. 

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. 

In all these principles we will follow legislation, guidance and recognised good practice. 

This principle statement will be renewed annually and progress in carrying it out will be monitored by our
Parish Safeguarding Coordinator, Mrs Lyn Sugden (see contacts page)

This statement was agreed by St Mary’s Parochial Church Council on 6th November 2017.

Information and Advice

Our safeguarding coordinator is usually the first person to speak to regarding any concerns about the welfare of a child or a potentially vulnerable adult or for general safeguarding advice.

In urgent situations or when the PSC is not available:

Police:       Emergency    999       Non-emergency      101
Adult and Children’s Social Care:       Tel:   0300 500 80 90                 0300 456 4548 (out of hours)
Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser:       Tel:    020 7932 122       Email:    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Safeguarding Training

The Diocese of Southwell runs safeguarding training courses throughout the year. See http://southwell.anglican.org/mission-ministry/safeguarding/ for further details. If you are in a role that requires you to attend training you can book a place either directly or through the church office.

We also offer occasional C0 basic awareness sessions in-house.

The next dates are:

DBS certificates

Everyone working or volunteering at St Mary's in an eligible role with children or potentially vulnerable adults is required to apply for a DBS certificate at 3 yearly intervals. The Church Office can give details of how to apply.

 

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