Safeguarding Policy

PCC Safeguarding Policy Statement

Parish of All Saints’ Laleham

Every person has a value and dignity which comes directly from the creation of male and female in God’s own image and likeness. Christians see this potential as fulfilled by God’s re-creation of us in Christ. This implies a duty to value all people as bearing the image of God and therefore to protect them from harm.

  • We accept and endorse the principles set out in ‘Safeguarding in the Diocese of London’.
  • We commit ourselves to nurture, protect, and safeguard all our members, particularly children, young people and vulnerable adults.
  • We recognise that safeguarding is the responsibility of the whole church community.
  • We undertake to exercise proper care in the selection, appointment, training and support of those working in both paid and voluntary positions with children or vulnerable adults, including the use of Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosures and making appropriate referrals to the Disclosure and Barring Service.
  • We will respond without delay to concerns or allegations that a child or vulnerable adult may have been harmed, cooperating with the police and social care services in any investigation.
  • We will challenge any abuse of power by anyone in a position of trust.
  • We will seek to offer pastoral care and support to anyone who has suffered abuse, developing with them appropriate pastoral support.
  • 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.

The PCC of this Church agreed and adopted the above Policy at its meeting on May 21st 2019.

We have appointed Jan Vince, assisted by Wendy Williams, as our Church Safeguarding Officers and Alexandra Wren as our Children’s Champion.

Copies of ‘Safeguarding in the Diocese of London’ and any parish guidelines and procedures are held by Parish Safeguarding Officers and Church Office.

The PCC shall review this policy annually. The next review will take place at the first PCC meeting following the APCM to held in May 2020.

A signed copy of this statement is available on request.

In order to meet the above:

  • we follow the Diocese of London Guidelines, and keep updated through regular training at Diocesan House, and through personal contact with the Diocese Safeguarding Officer.
  • all our volunteers who work with our children or young people are DBS checked and receive Safeguarding training. We have over 100 volunteers working and assisting in our groups.
  • we review the Safeguarding Policy each year and report to our PCC twice yearly.
  • we have recently completed a Diocesan Self Audit and have accomplished all the targets in our Action Plan.
  • our Safeguarding role also covers the care of Vulnerable Adults, i.e. those who are 18+ years and up to our eldest members.
  • we have a Pastoral Care Co-ordinator, Jean Davies, who works with a supporting team and the Safeguarding Officers.