Safeguarding

St. Andrew’s Church, Shottery

 

SAFEGUARDING

 

St. Andrew’s Church, Shottery, takes its responsibilities towards safeguarding of people using the church very seriously and especially where those people are children, young people or vulnerable adults.  To this end it has agreed a safeguarding policy which is displayed in church and on this website.  Click here to see the policy.

The church has appointed a Parish Safeguarding Officer who is David Millington who will work with the incumbent priest, Rev Craig Groocock, and the PCC to deliver this policy.

Anyone wishing to report a safeguarding concern or allegation of abuse should contact them on the following contact details:

David Millington         Parish Safeguarding Officer    01789 269598

Rev Craig Groocock     Vicar of St. Andrews                01789 293381

The Diocesan Safeguarding Team can also be contacted (24 hours) on 024 7652 1345

The Parish of Shottery St. Andrew

SAFEGUARDING POLICY – PROMOTING A SAFER CHURCH

 

The following policy has been agreed by the PCC at St. Andrews:

In accordance with the Church of England Safeguarding Policy our church is committed to:

  • Promoting a safer environment and culture
  • Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility relating 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

This Parish 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 vulnerable adults to have the confidence and skills to recognise and respond to abuse
  • Ensure 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 Advisor (DSA) and statutory agencies immediately
  • Offer support to victims/survivors of abuse regardless of the type of abuse 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 annually

 

Each person who works within this church community will agree to abide by this policy and the guidelines established by this church.