If You’re Worried…
If you have other concerns about the safety or wellbeing of a child or vulnerable adult in connection with St Nicholas Church, please contact our Parish Safeguarding Adviser, Mrs Joan Beresford. You can reach Joan by calling the Parish Office on 01522 540614, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively you can call the Vicar on 07792 423927 or email email@example.com. Other contact details, including those for the Diocesan Safeguarding Team, are at the bottom of this page.
Policy for Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults
As Christians we believe that every person has a value and dignity which comes directly from being created and loved by God. We try to treat everyone in a way that reflects that belief, and that means doing everything we can to make sure that our church is a safe and happy place where everyone can explore and express their God-given identity without fear of harm.
We are therefore committed to:
· Offering careful, nurturing, and respectful pastoral ministry to all children, young people and adults;
· Safeguarding and protecting all children, young people and adults when they are vulnerable; and
· Establishing safe, caring communities which provide a loving environment where there is “informed vigilance” as to the dangers of abuse.
To this end:
· We routinely select, supervise and train all those with any responsibility within the Church in line with Safer Recruitment principles, including the use of criminal records disclosures and registration/membership of the relevant vetting and barring schemes.
· We respond without delay to every complaint made which suggests that an adult, child or young person may have been harmed, and will cooperate with the police and local authority in any investigation if required.
· We seek to work with anyone who has suffered abuse, developing with him or her an appropriate ministry of informed pastoral care.
· We will 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.
· We follow, in all this, the safeguarding policies adopted by the Church of England and Diocese of Lincoln and set out in the publications Promoting a Safer Church(2017), Protecting All God’s Children(2010, 4th edition), and Promoting a Safe Church(2006) and associated practice guidance.
Some helpful contacts and addresses for further information and advice
To find out more about the national Church’s policy and work in promoting a safer church, please visit the Church of England website at www.churchofengland.org/safeguarding/promoting-safer-church-safeguarding.
To find out more about the Diocese of Lincoln’s Safeguarding Team, and to find full contact details, please visit the Diocesan website at www.lincoln.anglican.org/pages/category/safeguarding.