We are committed to safeguarding as an integral part of the life and ministry of the Church; we aim to ensure that all aspects of the House of Bishops’ Policy, ‘Promoting a Safer Church (2017), are promoted and adhered to by all those who serve God within our church.
Our policy and procedures aim to protect children, vulnerable adults and those who work with them. There will be clear lines of accountability and reporting procedures for safeguarding and we will keep our policy and practice guidance as simple as possible
We commit ourselves to the Gospel message of welcoming all and reaching out to the most vulnerable. We aim to nurture, protect and safeguard all our members, particularly our children, young people and adults when they are vulnerable.
We recognise that all aspects of our work with children, young people and adults when they are vulnerable are the responsibility of the whole church community.
St Paul’s has in place an up to date recruitment and selection policy which covers the process of recruiting volunteers into the various roles within the life of the church, and will take whatever reasonable steps it can to provide a safe and welcoming environment for children, young people and vulnerable adults who take part.
The Lead Recruiter for St Paul’s is Maureen Flower and can be contacted via the church office email@example.com or 01462 637373
Abuse & Duty to report
It is the duty of all persons working with children, young people and adults when they are vulnerable to prevent abuse and to report any abuse discovered or suspected.
The four main recognised categories of abuse are:-
- physical abuse
- sexual abuse
- emotional abuse
For adults abuse may also involve:-
- Domestic violence
- modern slavery
- financial abuse
Any suspected abuse of children or adults or concern for their welfare must be reported to the Vicar or the Parish Safeguarding Officer.
The Parish Safeguarding Officer for St Paul’s is:
firstname.lastname@example.org or 07876 101911
Alternatively you may click here to email the Diocese Safeguarding Advisor
St Paul’s full policy statement can be found here