Safeguarding

SAFEGUARDING

We take the safeguarding of vulnerable people seriously. If you have any concerns, you may wish to use the following contact details:

All Saints and Holy Trinity Parish Safeguarding Officer Joy Guest 01928 572417

Additional support is available from Pauline Butterfield, Diocesan Vulnerability and Safeguarding Officer

Email:  pauline.butterfield@chester.anglican.org
Telephone: 01928 718834 x 221 or 0303 003 1111

If the Diocesan Officer is not available, then phone thirtyone:eight (previously known as CCPAS) on 0303 003 1111. 

Other related helplines:

• NSPCC for adults concerned about a child - 0808 800 5000

• Childline for children and young people - 0800 1111

• Action on Elder Abuse helpline - 0808 808 8141

• 24-hour National Domestic Violence helpline - 0808 2000 247

• NAPAC offer support and advice to adult survivors of childhood abuse - 08088010331

• Stop It Now preventing child sexual abuse - 0808 1000 900

• Cruse bereavement helpline - 0808 808 1677

• Family Lives support and advice on family issues - 0808 800 222

• MACSAS for people who have been abused by church officers - 0808 801 0340

• Samaritans for people struggling to cope and needing someone to talk to - 116 123 

 

Policy on the Safeguarding of Children and Adults in the Church

The following policy was agreed at the Parochial Church Council (PCC) meeting held on 24th April 2019

In accordance with the Church of England Safeguarding Policy our church is committed to:

  • 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.

The Parish will: 

  • Create a safe and caring place for all.
  • Have a named Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO) to work with the incumbent and the PCC to implement policy and procedures.
  • Safely recruit, train and support all those with any responsibility for children, young people and adults to have the confidence and skills to recognise and respond to abuse.
  • Ensure that there is appropriate insurance cover for all activities involving children and adults undertaken in the name of the parish.
  • Display in church premises and on the Parish website the details of who to contact if there are safeguarding concerns or support needs.
  • Listen to and take seriously all those who disclose abuse.
  • Take steps to protect children and adults when a safeguarding concern of any kind arises, following House of Bishops guidance, including notifying the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA) and statutory agencies immediately.
  • Offer support to victims/survivors of abuse regardless of the type of abuse, when or where it occurred.
  • Care for and monitor any member of the church community who may pose a risk to children and adults whilst maintaining appropriate confidentiality and the safety of all parties.
  • Ensure that health and safety policy, procedures and risk assessments are in place and that these are reviewed annually.
  • Review the implementation of the Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and Practices at least annually.

 

Each person who works within this church community will agree to abide by this policy and the guidelines established by this church.

This church appoints Joy Guest as the Parish Safeguarding Officer

Incumbent Rev Derek Guest

Churchwardens John Vardy & Adrian Brocklehurst (All Saints) Terry Clare and Cynthia Kelly (Holy Trinity)

Date: 24th April 2019