If you need to report any safeguarding concerns or need help yourself, please contact:
Mrs Alex Williams (St Bart’s Safeguarding Officer) firstname.lastname@example.org 01225 427428 or
Ian Lewis (Vicar of St Bart’s) email@example.com 01225 427428 or
Ben Goodhind (Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser) firstname.lastname@example.org 01749 588917 or 07834514842
Safeguarding Policy 2021
The following policy was agreed by the Parochial Church Council (PCC). It summarises our commitment to the Church of England Safeguarding Policy, the Diocese Safeguarding Policy and the best practice outlined in the House of Bishops’ ‘Promoting A Safer Church’.
St Bart’s is committed to:
- Promoting a safer environment and culture.
- Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children, young people and vulnerable adults within the church.
- Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation.
- Caring pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse and other affected persons.
- Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns or allegations of abuse and other affected persons.
- Responding to those that may pose a present risk to others.
St Bart’s will:
- Create a safe and caring place for all.
- Have a named Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO) to work with the incumbent and the PCC to implement policy and procedures.
- Safely recruit, train and support all those with any responsibility for children, young people and adults to have the confidence and skills to recognise and respond to abuse.
- Ensure that there is appropriate insurance cover for all activities involving children and adults undertaken in the name of the parish.
- Display in church premises and on the Parish website the details of who to contact if there are safeguarding concerns or support needs.
- Listen to and take seriously all those who disclose abuse.
- Take steps to protect children and adults when a safeguarding concern of any kind arises, following House of Bishops guidance, including notifying the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA) and statutory agencies immediately.
- Offer support to victims/survivors of abuse regardless of the type of abuse, when or where it occurred.
- Care for and monitor any member of the church community who may pose a risk to children and adults whilst maintaining appropriate confidentiality and the safety of all parties.
- Ensure that health and safety policy, procedures and risk assessments are in place and that these are reviewed annually.
- Review the implementation of the Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and Practices at least annually.
Each person who works within this church community will agree to abide by this policy and the guidelines established by this church.
In 2021 St Bart’s Church signed up to the Thirtyone:eight Safer Places Pledge to:
- Speak up.
- Put survivors first.
- Conceal nothing.
- Take responsibility.
- Make change happen.
- Hold each other accountable.