As members of this PCC, we are committed to the safeguarding, care and nurture of all our members, particularly the children and young people. We recognise that our work with children and young people is the responsibility of the whole church community.
We are committed to implementing the Church of England House of Bishops’ Child Protection Policy ‘Protecting All God’s Children 2004’, and the Diocesan procedures, which are based on the Children Act 1989, and Government guidance “Working together to Safeguard Children 2006”.
We will carefully select and train ordained and lay ministers; volunteers and paid workers with children and young people using the Disclosure and Barring Service, amongst other tools, to check the background of each person.
We will respond, without delay, to every complaint made that a child or young person, for whom we are responsible, may have been harmed. We will co-operate fully with statutory agencies during any investigation concerning a member of the church community.
We will seek to offer informed pastoral care to anyone who has suffered abuse.
We will care for and supervise any member of our church community known to have offended against a child.
We will review this policy annually and as part of this process will ensure that all our procedures, particularly in relation to the DBS, are up to date.
Our Parish Child Protection Co-ordinator is:
Telephone number 01403 261532
Other useful numbers
For the diocese
Colin Perkins is the Bishop’s Adviser for Safeguarding Children and Adults, with responsibility for casework, training and policy for all aspects of child and vunerable-adults safeguarding. 01273 425792.
Gemma Wordsworth 01273 425691 or 07741272768
A special helpline is staffed by the NSPCC and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Calls will be handled sensitively and confidentially. Where appropriate, callers will be referred to specially trained police officers and, if required, a range of local counselling services, who are ready to offer expert support to those who come forward.
The helpline number is 0800 3895344