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 on Safeguarding (link)
- Contact Details for the Parish and Oldham Area (PDF)
- Sunday School (PDF)
- Sunday School Consent Form (PDF)
- Nursing Homes and Home Communion (PDF)
- Good Practice Guidelines (PDF)
There is a new legal obligation to report Safeguarding Serious Incidents to the Charity Commission.
The Diocese of Manchester partners with thirtyone:eight in relation to Disclosure (i.e. DBS) services and accessing their safeguarding Helpline when required. For DBS related queries, please contact them on 0303 003 1111 option 1.
In the event of the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser being unavailable due to being on holiday or other absence, you will be advised to contact thirtyone:eight for safeguarding advice on 0303 003 1111. This also includes any emergency safeguarding queries outside of office hours on weekdays and weekends. An Information Sharing Agreement between the two organisations will allow fhe Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser to receive a copy of the advice thirtyone:eight may offer the parish church/caller.
The Diocese of Manchester also uses thirtyone:eight as its approved Listening Service provider, supporting anyone impacted by abuse. Should you be interested in this service, please contact he Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser in the first instance and we will offer you more information. You can read more about thirtyone:eight's Listening Service .