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Safeguarding

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Diocese of Oxford

ST JOHN & ST STEPHEN’S CHURCH
Parish of St John the Evangelist, Reading.

Safeguarding information


Key roles

Parish Safeguarding Officer       

Graeme Buick

email: gsbuick17@icloud.com

mob:07932057216

For DBS checks

Recruiter                                                     Revd. Claire Alcock

Verifier                                                        Tanya Penn (Parish Administrator)

DBS administrator                                   Tanya Penn

The PCC of this Church agreed and adopted the following Policy on Safeguarding and Child Protection at a meeting held on 17th September 2018.

  1. 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.
  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 records 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 we will have a clear reporting procedure in place.
  1. We will seek to work with anyone who has suffered abuse, developing with him or her 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, guidance and recognised good practice
  1. We will advise the Diocese which Registered Body we use to process applications for Disclosure and Barring Service criminal records checks.
  1. We will advise the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser 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 statement to the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser.
  1. DBS Disclosures should be renewed every five years for those in the same roll.

 


Specific sources of help and support can be found below:

  • NSPCC Child Protection Helpline0808 800 5000 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are worried about a child.
  • Child-line0800 1111 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are a child or young person and are worried about anything.
  • National Domestic Violence Helpline0808 2000 247 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse.
  • Samaritans Helpline116 123 (open 24 hours). Phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to.
  • Action on Elder Abuse Helpline080 8808 8141 ( free phone Monday to Friday 9- 5pm).