Diocese of Oxford
ST JOHN & ST STEPHEN’S CHURCH
Parish of St John the Evangelist, Reading.
Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy July 2019
|Parish Safeguarding Officer||Graeme Buick|
|Contact||gsbuick17 (at) icloud.com
|Appointing Body||Convened when needed; will include at least two people: the Incumbent or a church warden, and the Safeguarding Officer|
|For DBS checks|
|Verifiers||Tanya Penn, (Vacant)|
|DBS administrator||Tanya Penn (Parish Administrator)|
|Registered body for DBS Disclosures||Lighthouse 88|
The PCC of this Church agreed and adopted the following Policy on Safeguarding and Child Protection at a meeting held in September 2018. The addition of Heather Curnow as Children’s Advocate was agreed at a PCCmeeting held in September 2018.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- We will seek to work with anyone who has suffered abuse, developing with him or her an appropriate ministry of informed pastoral care.
- We will seek to challenge any abuse of power, especially by anyone in a position of trust.
- 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.
- In all these principles we will follow statute, guidance and recognised good practice.
- We will advise the Diocese which Registered Body we use to process applications for Disclosure and Barring Service criminal records checks.
- We will advise the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser if we receive a Disclosure which is ‘blemished’ or ‘positive’.
- 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.
- 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 Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are worried about a child.
- Child-line: 0800 1111 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are a child or young person and are worried about anything.
- National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse.
- Samaritans Helpline: 116 123 (open 24 hours). Phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to.
- Action on Elder Abuse Helpline: 080 8808 8141 ( free phone Monday to Friday 9- 5pm).