Safe Church Policy
On this page you can access St. Thomas' Safe Church Policy.
St. Thomas' PCC has adopted the House of Bishops Safeguarding Policy":
- Promoting a Safer Church (PDF)
However, this is supplemented by local appendices that relate to our own local needs:
- Policy Statement: Vulnerable Adults (below)
- Policy Statement: Children and Young People (below)
- Contact Details for the Parish and Oldham Area (PDF)
- Sunday School (PDF)
- Sunday School Consent Form (PDF)
- Addendum for use with Hire Policy (PDF)
- Good Practice Guidelines (PDF)
There is a new legal obligation to report Safeguarding Serious Incidents to the Charity Commission.
Finally, included because of our collaboration with St. Paul's Church, St. Patrick's RC Primary School, and with St. Thomas' (CE) Primary School as lead, comes the St. Thomas' Primary School Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Policy.
The following policy was agreed at the Parochial Church Council (PCC) meeting held on 26 March 2019.
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 related to infants, 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.
The 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 infants, children, young people and adults to have the confidence and skills to recognise and respond to abuse.
- Ensure that there is appropriate insurance cover for all activities involving infants, 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 infants, children and adults when a safeguarding concern of any kind arises, following House of Bishops guidance, including notifying the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA) and statutory agencies immediately.
- Offer support to victims/survivors of abuse regardless of the type of abuse, when or where it occurred.
- Care for and monitor any member of the church community who may pose a risk to infants, 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 at least annually.
Each person who works within this church community will agree to abide by this policy and the guidelines established by this church.
This church appoints Mrs Beverley Hogg as the Parish Safeguarding Officer.
|Date:||26 March 2019|