Parish Policy Statement on Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults
Every person has a value and dignity, which comes directly from the creation of male and female in God’s own image and likeness. Christians see this potential as fulfilled by God’s re-creation of us in Christ. This implies a duty to value all people as bearing the image of God and therefore to protect them from harm.
We accept and endorse the principles set out in ‘Safeguarding in the Diocese of Blackburn’.
We commit ourselves to nurture, protect and safeguard all our members, particularly children, young people and vulnerable adults.
We recognise that safeguarding is the responsibility of the whole church community.
We undertake to exercise proper care in the selection, appointment, training and support of those working in both paid and voluntary positions with children or vulnerable adults, including the use of Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosures and making appropriate referrals to the Disclosure and Barring Service
We will respond without delay to concerns or allegations that a child or vulnerable adult may have been harmed, cooperating with the police and social care services in any investigation.
We will challenge any abuse of power by anyone in a position of trust.
We will seek to offer pastoral care and support to anyone who has suffered abuse, developing with them appropriate pastoral support.
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.
Parish Safeguarding Officer
Jayne Weatherill is our Parish Safeguarding Officer and is the first person to speak to if you have any concerns around the welfare of a child or vulnerable adult.
You can contact Jayne on: tel: 60597 or email: email@example.com
For further information:
Sharon Hassall, Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser: 07711 485170 or 01254 503415
CCPAS 24 hour helpline: 0845 120 4550
Childline: 0800 1111
Parentline Plus: 0808 800 2222