Policy statement on the safeguarding of children and adults in the church

This statement was adopted by St Mary & St Michael, Trumpington, at the Parochial Church Council meeting held on 14 November 2017.

This policy will be reviewed each year to monitor the progress which has been achieved.

  1. 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.
  2. As members of this parish we commit ourselves to respectful pastoral care for all children and adults to whom we minister.
  3. We commit ourselves to the safeguarding of people who may be vulnerable, ensuring their well-being in the life of this church.
  4. We commit ourselves to promoting safe practice by those in positions of trust.
  5. The parish commits itself to promoting the inclusion and empowerment of people who may be vulnerable.
  6. 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 such abuse that we discover or suspect.
  7. We undertake to exercise proper care in the appointment and selection of those who will work with people who may be vulnerable.
  8. The parish is committed to supporting, resourcing, training and regularly reviewing those who undertake work amongst people who may be vulnerable.
  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.

 

Sheila_Safeguarding.jpgThis church appoints Mrs Sheila Betts to represent the concerns and views of vulnerable people at our meetings and to outside bodies, as the Parish Safeguarding Officer.

Sheila can be contacted on 07889 706625 or by email to safeguarding(at)trumpingtonchurch.org.uk

Download the (unsigned) Policy Statement on the Safeguarding of Children and Adults in the Church (pdf file)

 

Policy statement for responding to domestic abuse

This statement was adopted by St Mary & St Michael, Trumpington, at the Parochial Church Council meeting held on 14 November 2017

This policy will be reviewed each year to monitor the progress which has been achieved.

All forms of domestic abuse are wrong and must stop. We are committed to promoting and supporting environments which:

  • ensure that all people feel welcomed, respected and safe from abuse;

  • protect those vulnerable to domestic abuse from actual or potential harm;

  • recognise equality amongst people and within relationships;

  • enable and encourage concerns to be raised and responded to appropriately and consistently.

We recognise that:

  • all forms of domestic abuse cause damage to the survivor and express an imbalance of power in the relationship;

  • all survivors (regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity) have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse;

  • domestic abuse can occur in all communities;

  • domestic abuse may be a single incident, but is usually a systematic, repeated pattern which escalates in severity and frequency;

  • domestic abuse, if witnessed or overheard by a child, is a form of abuse by the perpetrator of the abusive behaviour;

  • working in partnership with children, adults and other agencies is essential in promoting the welfare of any child or adult suffering abuse.

We will endeavour to respond to domestic abuse by:

In all our activities –

  • valuing, listening to and respecting both survivors and alleged or known perpetrators of domestic abuse.

In our publicity –

  • raising awareness about other agencies, support services, resources and expertise, through providing information in public and women-only areas of relevance to survivors, children and alleged or known perpetrators of domestic abuse.

When concerns are raised –

  • ensuring that those who have experienced abuse can find safety and informed help;

  • working with the appropriate statutory bodies during an investigation into domestic abuse, including when allegations are made against a member of the church community.

In our care –

  • ensuring that informed and appropriate pastoral care is offered to any child, young person or adult who has suffered abuse;

  • identifying and outlining the appropriate relationship of those with pastoral care responsibilities with both survivors and alleged or known perpetrators of domestic abuse.

If you have any concerns or need to talk to anyone please contact Mrs Sheila Betts, Parish Safeguarding Officer.

Download the (unsigned) Policy Statement for responding to Domestic Abuse (pdf file)

If you are concerned

If you are concerned about someone who may be at risk of abuse or a threat to others, please seek advice immediately.

If you think a child is being abused, and you think you or the child is in immediate danger, call the police on 999.

Parish Safeguarding Officer:
Sheila Betts
07889 706625
safeguarding(at)trumpingtonchurch.org.uk

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser:
Rebecca Boswell
01353 652731 (out-of-hrs 07904 487912)
rebecca.boswell(at)elydiocese.org

Cambridge Childrens Social Care:
0345 045 5203 (office hours)
01733 234 724 (out of hours)

If you are not a professional involved with the child or family, you do not have to give your name and your conversation will be treated confidentially.

Helplines

NSPCC: 0808 800 5000

Childline: 08001111

Stop It Now: 0808 1000 900

NAPAC: 0808 801 0331

Samaritans: 116 123

Family Lives: 0808 800 2222

National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247

Action On Elder Abuse: 080 8808 8141

 

churchofengland.org/safeguarding