Safeguarding Policies at Standish

St. Nicholas’ Church, Standish

                                 One of the Stroudwater Team Parishes

Although this policy is reviewed annually by the PCC and has been reviewed in April 2018 it will subject to further review in the light of the current IICSA hearings and eventual Report.

Child Protection/Safeguarding Policy

(2005, renewed and updated in April 2018)

  1. The PCC accepts the Diocesan Policy on Working with Children and Young People.
  2. The PCC seeks to provide a caring, warm and consistent atmosphere and environment in which children and young people can develop and grow, and in which they can learn in safety. Children and young people will be treated as individuals and with equal concern.
  3. Therefore the PCC:
  • recognises the following areas of work with children and young people:

Children’s/Family services, Bell ringing, Choir;

  • will ensure that everyone involved in the care of children and young people is personally made aware of the Diocesan Policy and the PCC policy.
  • will ensure everyone involved in the care of children and young people, existing and future, will be interviewed by a member of the benefice clergy or the Nominated Person (if there are no clergy), and be asked to complete the disclosure form for the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) which will be checked by a Diocesan Counter-signatory. (It will be strictly confidential and, except under the compulsion of law, will be seen only by the Diocesan Counter-signatory or those acting on the Bishop’s behalf.) The completed forms will be held in Church records. Those who have completed the disclosure process will be deemed to have been ‘cleared’ for work with children throughout the benefice.
  • will ensure everyone involved in this work is clear as to the nature of the work that they have agreed to, and the name of the person to whom they are responsible;
  • will insure the incumbent (or if no incumbent the Nominated Person) will be responsible on the PCC’s behalf for implementing and monitoring the PCC’s policy;
  • will ensure that as a minimum requirement the two Churchwardens will have attended C1/C2 training sessions run by the Diocesan Safeguarding Team, and that all members of the PCC are encouraged to take up the training opportunities available; (amended 20/3/18 - CWs will attend training on 3rd October 2018);
  • will ensure that at least two adults will be present with any group of children or young people.

 

  1. The PCC will be informed of the names of those who work with children and young people, and will be kept notified of any changes.

 

  1. The PCC’s Nominated Person is Mrs Caroline Segelov, to whom all cases of suspected or alleged abuse must be reported immediately. Her contact number is 01452 728387, email carolinesegelov@yahoo.co.uk. If unavailable please contact either Becca Faal (Diocesan Safeguarding Officer 01452 835516/ 07944 680320 bfaal@glosdioc.org.uk) or Brett Riches (Diocesan Safeguarding Officer 01452 835516/ 07944 680320 briches@glosdioc.org.uk) or Kate Peake (Diocesan Safeguarding Administrator 01452 410022 ext.286 kpeake@glosdioc.org.uk).

 

  1. The PCC will make adequate provision for insurance cover. It delegates the power for approving outings involving children to the Rector (or the Nominated Person if the Rector is unavailable) as well as retaining the right to approve such activities itself.

 

  1. A copy of this policy will be made available to members of the church, and to parents/guardians.

 

  1. This policy will be reviewed at the first PCC after the APCM, and a report will be on the agenda at the APCM.

 

  1. The PCC accepts and endorses the contents of the Diocese of Gloucester’s booklet ‘Working with Children and Young People’, with particular endorsement of the following:

 

  • Diocesan Policy on Working with Children and Young People (p2);
  • the Diocese of Gloucester Policy for Registration with the Criminal Records Bureau (p3);
  • Parish Policy Statement when using the facility of the Diocesan Umbrella Body (p8);
  • guidelines in full from ’Safe from Harm’ (p9);
  • guidelines on Touching Children and Young People (p25);
  • Code of Behaviour (p43).

10. A copy of the booklet will be issued to clergy, Lay Readers, Local Ministry Team members, the Nominated Person, the PCC Secretary and two copies placed in church (one in the vestry and one on general display).

 

Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults Policy

A policy statement on the safeguarding of adults

(Recommended by the Diocese of Gloucester for parish use)

This statement was adopted by Standish PCC at

a Parochial Church Council meeting held on 23/4/2007, reviewed and updated April 2018

This policy will be reviewed each year to monitor the progress that has been made.

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

  1. As members of this parish we commit ourselves to respectful pastoral care for all adults to whom we minister.
  2. We commit ourselves to the safeguarding of people who may be vulnerable, ensuring their well-being in the life of this church.
  3. We commit ourselves to promoting safe practice by those in positions of trust.
  4. The parish commits itself to promoting the inclusion and empowerment of people who may be vulnerable.
  5. It is the responsibility of each of us to prevent the physical, emotional, sexual, financial and spiritual abuse of vulnerable people and to report any suspected or confirmed abuse.
  6. We undertake to exercise proper care in the selection and appointment of those who will work with people who may be vulnerable.
  7. The parish is committed to supporting, resourcing, training and regularly reviewing those who undertake work among people who may be vulnerable.
  8. This policy will be reviewed once a year.
  9. The parish adopts the guidelines of the Church of England and the Diocese.
  10. Each person who works with vulnerable people will agree to abide by these recommendations and the guidelines established by this church.

This church appoints Mrs Trisha Pyne to represent the concerns and views of vulnerable people at our meetings and to outside bodies.

Her contact number is 01453 822415 should you need help or advice If unavailable please contact either Becca Faal (Diocesan Safeguarding Officer 01452 835516/ 07944 680320 bfaal@glosdioc.org.uk) Brett Riches (Diocesan Safeguarding Officer 01452 835516/ 07944 680320 briches@glosdioc.org.uk) or Kate Peake (Diocesan Safeguarding Administrator 01452 410022 ext.286 kpeake@glosdioc.org.uk).


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