Denham Parish Safeguarding Policy

The following policy was agreed and signed at the PCC Meeting on 5 March 2019

  1. We are committed to:
  •      The care, nurture of, and respectful pastoral ministry with, all children and 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.
  1. We will carefully select and train all those with any responsibility within the Church, in line with safer recruitment principles, including the use of Disclosure and Barring Service criminal record checks.
  1. 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 and will have a clear reporting procedure in place.
  1. We will seek to work with anyone who has suffered abuse, developing with them an appropriate ministry of informed pastoral care.
  1. We will seek to challenge any abuse of power, especially by anyone in a position of trust.
  1. 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.
  1. In all these principles we will follow, statute, guidelines and recognised good practice.
  1. We have advised the Diocese that we use APCS as the registered body to process our applications for Disclosure and Barring Service criminal record checks.
  1. We will advise the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor if we receive a Disclosure which is ‘blemished’ or ‘positive’.
  1. We will review this policy annually, check that our policies are up to date, and supply a copy of the updated policy to the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor.

 

Our Safeguarding Officer is:        

Samantha Carter  Telephone: Parish Office 01895 832771

Email: safegarding@denhamparish.church

 

Signed: Rector……………………………………………….Rev’d Christoph Lindner

 

Churchwarden……………………………………..Mrs Carlene Litchmore

 

Churchwarden……………………………………..Mrs Samantha Carter

(Original documents signed)