The parish of St John’s, Lindow is committed to high standards in the safeguarding and care of children, young people and vulnerable adults. Our Safeguarding Officer is Roger Bagguley, who can be contact by phone at 07846 082660 or email at email@example.com, and our Parish Safeguarding Policy can be read in full below:
Safeguarding young people and vulnerable adults
This statement was adopted by the PCC at their meeting held on Tuesday 19th March 2019
It is a fundamental right of every child and young person in our care, also adults we know to be vulnerable, to be valued and protected from harm. In seeking to achieve this, the PCC has adopted the principles of the House of Bishops and the best practice set out by the Diocese of Chester “Safe in Our Care”:
• At St John’s we are committed to establishing 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 of those with any responsibility within our church, in line with safer recruitment principles, including registration with the Data Barring Service (DBS);
• We will respond without delay to every complaint made which suggests that a person in our care may have been harmed, seeking advice from the Diocese Safeguarding Officer and co-operating with the police and local authority in any investigation;
• We will seek to work with anyone who has suffered abuse providing 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; and
• In any of these principles we will follow legislation, guidance and recognised good practice.
Code of Practice:
• To secure this policy all of our volunteer workers will have a copy of the code and understand its implications. These will include being alert to any signs of abuse in all of its forms, knowing exactly what is required of them on receiving a disclosure and accepting the need for training as a basic requirement, and as ongoing good practice;
• The PCC will appoint a Parish Protection Officer, assisted by other named persons. The Officer will be the first contact person on all safeguarding matters;
• The name and contact details of the Parish Protection Officer, along with all other key contacts for Child Protection will be clearly displayed in all of our buildings;
• We will have a written policy and procedures on recruitment of both paid and volunteer adults to work with our young people. Our policy will complement the Safer Recruitment policy and procedures of the Chester Diocese with all of persons approved by PCC to make appointments receiving Safer Recruitment training as required,
• We will have a written policy on the secure storage, handling, retention and disposal of disclosure information. The Parish Safeguarding coordinator will secure confidential information during an interregnum:
• Any information additional to a disclosure must be spoken directly to the Parish Protection Officer who must not share this with anyone not authorised to have access to it. The Parish Protection Officer accepts that to do so constitutes a criminal offence; and
• The Parish Protection Officer will carry out periodic checks to ensure this policy and its procedures are being followed and report to the PCC. Safeguarding will be a standing item on the agenda of all PCC meetings.
This policy will be reviewed annually for adoption by the PCC. It will be read out to church members at the APCM usually held in April of each year. In addition, an annual review of practice will be undertaken by the Parish Protection Officer and a report sent to the PCC on the last PCC before the APCM.