Promoting a Safer Church

Promoting a Safer Church

Parish Policy Statement

 

The Parochial Church Council of   St John The Evangelist, Perry Barr

 

 
 

 

 

 

agreed to adopt all of the House of Bishop’s safeguarding policy and practice guidance and The Church of England – Birmingham’s procedures for their implementation on    26th January 2019

 

All forms of abuse are wrong and must stop

 

The care and protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults involved in Church activities is the responsibility of the whole Church.  Everyone who participates in the life of the Church has a role to play in promoting a safer Church for all.

 

Our commitments:

 

1.      Promoting a safer environment and culture
2.      Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children and vulnerable adults within the Church
3.      Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation
4.      Caring pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse and other affected persons
5.      Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns or allegations of abuse and other affected persons
6.      Responding to those that may pose a present risk to others

 

Text Box: •	the welfare of the child, young person and vulnerable adult is paramount;
•	a leadership commitment, at all levels, to the importance of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults;
•	our safeguarding policy is available to all church officers; 
•	a clear line of accountability within our church for work on safeguarding; 
•	clear reporting procedures to deal with safeguarding concerns and allegations;  
•	we report all concerns and allegations against church officers to the Bishop’s Safeguarding Adviser and statutory agencies; 
•	clear roles for church officers; 
•	we have clear arrangements for support and/or supervision of church officers;
•	all church officers working with or in contact with children, young people and/or vulnerable adults attend diocesan safeguarding training; 


We will implement good safeguarding practice by ensuring:

 

Text Box: •	our practice and services are informed by on- going learning, review and by the views of children, young people, families and vulnerable adults;
•	safer recruitment procedures are in place; 
•	effective working with statutory and voluntary sector partners; 
•	we have publicly advertised arrangements for children, young people and vulnerable adults to be able to speak to an independent person, as required; 
•	our complaints and whistleblowing procedures are well publicised;
•	effective information sharing; 
•	good record keeping.

A church officer is anyone appointed or elected to a role on behalf of the church whether they are lay or ordained, paid or unpaid

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have any concerns or need to talk to someone

please contact

 

Helen Greenwood (Safeguarding Co-Ordinator) – 07907779814

Father Barrie Scott (Vicar) – 0121 356 7998

 

 

 

 

If you cannot contact the person above and someone is being harmed or is not safe and needs immediate help, dial 999, or contact social care services, or, for a child, the NSPCC helpline 0808 800 5000

 

 

 

Other useful contacts:

Bishop’s Safeguarding Adviser

07342 993 844

Childline

0800 1111

Family Lives Helpline

0808 800 2222

Samaritans

116 123

Elder Abuse

0808 808 8141

Domestic Violence Helpline

0808 2000 247

Men’s Domestic Violence Helpline

0808 801 0327

LGBT Domestic Violence Helpline

0300 999 5428

National Association of People Abused in Childhood

0800 085 3330

Stop It Now! Helpline

 

0808 1000 900

Local Authority Children’s Social Care Services:

0121 303 1888 (Birmingham)

0121 569 3100 (Sandwell)

0121 788 4333 (Solihull)

0800 1313 126 (Staffordshire)

01926 414144 (Warwickshire)

01905 822666 (Worcestershire)

Local Authority Adult Social Care Services:

0121 303 1234 (Birmingham)

0121 569 2266 (Sandwell)

0121 704 8007 (Solihull)

0345 604 2719 (Staffordshire)

01926 412080 (Warwickshire)

01905 768053 (Worcestershire)

 

 

 

St. John’s Parish Safeguarding Policy Statement

 

This policy statement on safeguarding children and adults in the Church was adopted by St John The Evangelist Perry Barr at a Parochial Church Council meeting held on 26th January 2019.

 

The Parish Church Council of St. John’s recognises the need to safeguard the children, young people and adults in our care and guard against the possibility of any form of abuse of children, young people and adults by persons who may be acting in the name of our parish. We aim to create a safe environment for the nurture and development of children, young people and adults, in order for them to feel valued and confident to ask for support and help. We will create policies and procedures that uphold the importance of our responsibility to protect and safeguard the welfare of children, young people and adults entrusted to our care. A Parish Safeguarding Co-ordinator will be appointed to ensure the implementation of this policy.

 

·          We commit to providing a safe physical environment for work with children, young people and adults

·          We recognize that everyone has different levels of vulnerability and that each of us may be regarded as vulnerable at some time in our lives.

·          As members of this parish we commit ourselves to respectful pastoral care for all adults to whom we minister.

·          We commit ourselves to the safeguarding of people who may be vulnerable, ensuring their well-being in the life of this church.

·          We commit ourselves to promoting safe practice by those in positions of trust.

·          The parish commits itself to promoting the inclusion and empowerment of people who may be vulnerable.

·          We commit to informing the whole church community about our safeguarding policy and procedures and recognise that it is the responsibility of each of us to prevent and report abuse that we discover or suspect

·          We will ensure the children, young people and adults in our care know who they can talk to if they have any concerns

·          We recognise our responsibility to always respond to and report abuse in whatever context, inside or outside the church environment and will always listen to and take seriously any child, young person or adult who reports that they have been abused

·          We will always report allegations of abuse and concerns about a child, young person or an adult who is experiencing or at risk of abuse due to their, illness or disability in accordance with our procedures

·          We will always report all allegations of abuse against Church Officers* to the appropriate statutory agency and to the Bishop’s Safeguarding Adviser and co-operate with any investigation

·          We will keep all records in relation to safeguarding concerns, allegations and the recruitment of volunteers and paid workers securely

·          We commit to the safe recruitment of all new and current Church Officers* who have contact with children, young people and adults experiencing or at risk of abuse due to their, illness or disability.

·          We will assess all new and current Church Officer* roles and, in every case where the role is deemed to be eligible, apply for an appropriate level criminal record check every five years

·          We commit to providing every Church Officer* with clear instructions and information in respect of their role, adequate resources and support and regular opportunities for review

·          We will ensure that all Church Officers* working with children, young people and adults experiencing or at risk of abuse due to their age illness disability or are in a trusted role attend Church of England safeguarding training every three years

·          We will inform the Bishop’s Safeguarding Adviser, and ensure appropriate supervision, of anyone who is known to have offended against a child, young person or an adult at risk of abuse due to their age, illness or disability who attends activities organised by the Parish Church Council of St. John’s and will follow all recommendations of the Bishop’s Safeguarding Adviser in this regard

·          We require all hirers of our premises to have their own safeguarding policy and procedures, to provide us with an assurance that these are implemented and to provide us with a copy

·          The parish adopts the policy and practice guidance of The Church of England and The Church of England – Birmingham

·          The policy will be reviewed each year to monitor the progress which has been achieved

·          We will review our safeguarding policy annually to ensure that it meets all current legislation, House of Bishop’s and The Church of England – Birmingham policies and practice guidance

·          Each person who works with vulnerable people will agree to abide by these recommendations and the guidelines established by this church.

 

This church appoints Helen Greenwood to represent the concerns and views of vulnerable people at our meetings and to outside bodies as the parish safeguarding co-ordinator.

 

This church appoints Helen Greenwood as a lead parish identity verifier to process online Disclosure and Barring Service applications

 

Incumbent:

 

Print Name: ………………………………………………………………………… Signed: …………………………………………………

 

Churchwardens:

 

Print Name: ………………………………………………………………………… Signed: …………………………………………………

 

Print Name: ………………………………………………………………………… Signed: …………………………………………………

 

Date: …………………………………………………………………………………..

 

 

* A ‘Church Officer’ is anyone appointed by or on behalf of the Church to a post or role, whether they are ordained or lay, paid or unpaid.

The parish should provide details of how the above policy statements will be implemented in the parish

Promoting a Safer Church

Parish Policy Statement

 

The Parochial Church Council of   St John The Evangelist, Perry Barr

 

 
 

 

 

 

agreed to adopt all of the House of Bishop’s safeguarding policy and practice guidance and The Church of England – Birmingham’s procedures for their implementation on    26th January 2019

 

All forms of abuse are wrong and must stop

 

The care and protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults involved in Church activities is the responsibility of the whole Church.  Everyone who participates in the life of the Church has a role to play in promoting a safer Church for all.

 

Our commitments:

 

1.      Promoting a safer environment and culture
2.      Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children and vulnerable adults within the Church
3.      Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation
4.      Caring pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse and other affected persons
5.      Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns or allegations of abuse and other affected persons
6.      Responding to those that may pose a present risk to others

 

Text Box: •	the welfare of the child, young person and vulnerable adult is paramount;
•	a leadership commitment, at all levels, to the importance of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults;
•	our safeguarding policy is available to all church officers; 
•	a clear line of accountability within our church for work on safeguarding; 
•	clear reporting procedures to deal with safeguarding concerns and allegations;  
•	we report all concerns and allegations against church officers to the Bishop’s Safeguarding Adviser and statutory agencies; 
•	clear roles for church officers; 
•	we have clear arrangements for support and/or supervision of church officers;
•	all church officers working with or in contact with children, young people and/or vulnerable adults attend diocesan safeguarding training; 


We will implement good safeguarding practice by ensuring:

 

Text Box: •	our practice and services are informed by on- going learning, review and by the views of children, young people, families and vulnerable adults;
•	safer recruitment procedures are in place; 
•	effective working with statutory and voluntary sector partners; 
•	we have publicly advertised arrangements for children, young people and vulnerable adults to be able to speak to an independent person, as required; 
•	our complaints and whistleblowing procedures are well publicised;
•	effective information sharing; 
•	good record keeping.

A church officer is anyone appointed or elected to a role on behalf of the church whether they are lay or ordained, paid or unpaid

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have any concerns or need to talk to someone

please contact

 

Helen Greenwood (Safeguarding Co-Ordinator) – 07907779814

Father Barrie Scott (Vicar) – 0121 356 7998

 

 

 

 

If you cannot contact the person above and someone is being harmed or is not safe and needs immediate help, dial 999, or contact social care services, or, for a child, the NSPCC helpline 0808 800 5000

 

 

 

Other useful contacts:

Bishop’s Safeguarding Adviser

07342 993 844

Childline

0800 1111

Family Lives Helpline

0808 800 2222

Samaritans

116 123

Elder Abuse

0808 808 8141

Domestic Violence Helpline

0808 2000 247

Men’s Domestic Violence Helpline

0808 801 0327

LGBT Domestic Violence Helpline

0300 999 5428

National Association of People Abused in Childhood

0800 085 3330

Stop It Now! Helpline

 

0808 1000 900

Local Authority Children’s Social Care Services:

0121 303 1888 (Birmingham)

0121 569 3100 (Sandwell)

0121 788 4333 (Solihull)

0800 1313 126 (Staffordshire)

01926 414144 (Warwickshire)

01905 822666 (Worcestershire)

Local Authority Adult Social Care Services:

0121 303 1234 (Birmingham)

0121 569 2266 (Sandwell)

0121 704 8007 (Solihull)

0345 604 2719 (Staffordshire)

01926 412080 (Warwickshire)

01905 768053 (Worcestershire)

 

 

 

St. John’s Parish Safeguarding Policy Statement

 

This policy statement on safeguarding children and adults in the Church was adopted by St John The Evangelist Perry Barr at a Parochial Church Council meeting held on 26th January 2019.

 

The Parish Church Council of St. John’s recognises the need to safeguard the children, young people and adults in our care and guard against the possibility of any form of abuse of children, young people and adults by persons who may be acting in the name of our parish. We aim to create a safe environment for the nurture and development of children, young people and adults, in order for them to feel valued and confident to ask for support and help. We will create policies and procedures that uphold the importance of our responsibility to protect and safeguard the welfare of children, young people and adults entrusted to our care. A Parish Safeguarding Co-ordinator will be appointed to ensure the implementation of this policy.

 

·          We commit to providing a safe physical environment for work with children, young people and adults

·          We recognize that everyone has different levels of vulnerability and that each of us may be regarded as vulnerable at some time in our lives.

·          As members of this parish we commit ourselves to respectful pastoral care for all adults to whom we minister.

·          We commit ourselves to the safeguarding of people who may be vulnerable, ensuring their well-being in the life of this church.

·          We commit ourselves to promoting safe practice by those in positions of trust.

·          The parish commits itself to promoting the inclusion and empowerment of people who may be vulnerable.

·          We commit to informing the whole church community about our safeguarding policy and procedures and recognise that it is the responsibility of each of us to prevent and report abuse that we discover or suspect

·          We will ensure the children, young people and adults in our care know who they can talk to if they have any concerns

·          We recognise our responsibility to always respond to and report abuse in whatever context, inside or outside the church environment and will always listen to and take seriously any child, young person or adult who reports that they have been abused

·          We will always report allegations of abuse and concerns about a child, young person or an adult who is experiencing or at risk of abuse due to their, illness or disability in accordance with our procedures

·          We will always report all allegations of abuse against Church Officers* to the appropriate statutory agency and to the Bishop’s Safeguarding Adviser and co-operate with any investigation

·          We will keep all records in relation to safeguarding concerns, allegations and the recruitment of volunteers and paid workers securely

·          We commit to the safe recruitment of all new and current Church Officers* who have contact with children, young people and adults experiencing or at risk of abuse due to their, illness or disability.

·          We will assess all new and current Church Officer* roles and, in every case where the role is deemed to be eligible, apply for an appropriate level criminal record check every five years

·          We commit to providing every Church Officer* with clear instructions and information in respect of their role, adequate resources and support and regular opportunities for review

·          We will ensure that all Church Officers* working with children, young people and adults experiencing or at risk of abuse due to their age illness disability or are in a trusted role attend Church of England safeguarding training every three years

·          We will inform the Bishop’s Safeguarding Adviser, and ensure appropriate supervision, of anyone who is known to have offended against a child, young person or an adult at risk of abuse due to their age, illness or disability who attends activities organised by the Parish Church Council of St. John’s and will follow all recommendations of the Bishop’s Safeguarding Adviser in this regard

·          We require all hirers of our premises to have their own safeguarding policy and procedures, to provide us with an assurance that these are implemented and to provide us with a copy

·          The parish adopts the policy and practice guidance of The Church of England and The Church of England – Birmingham

·          The policy will be reviewed each year to monitor the progress which has been achieved

·          We will review our safeguarding policy annually to ensure that it meets all current legislation, House of Bishop’s and The Church of England – Birmingham policies and practice guidance

·          Each person who works with vulnerable people will agree to abide by these recommendations and the guidelines established by this church.

 

This church appoints Helen Greenwood to represent the concerns and views of vulnerable people at our meetings and to outside bodies as the parish safeguarding co-ordinator.

 

This church appoints Helen Greenwood as a lead parish identity verifier to process online Disclosure and Barring Service applications

 

Incumbent:

 

Print Name: ………………………………………………………………………… Signed: …………………………………………………

 

Churchwardens:

 

Print Name: ………………………………………………………………………… Signed: …………………………………………………

 

Print Name: ………………………………………………………………………… Signed: …………………………………………………

 

Date: …………………………………………………………………………………..

 

 

* A ‘Church Officer’ is anyone appointed by or on behalf of the Church to a post or role, whether they are ordained or lay, paid or unpaid.

The parish should provide details of how the above policy statements will be implemented in the parish