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Policy for Safeguarding Children

We are committed to promoting and supporting environments which:

We recognise that:

We will endeavour to safeguard children and young people by:
In all our activities -

  • valuing, listening to and respecting children and young people
  • fostering and encouraging best practice by setting standards for working with children and young people, in co-operation with statutory bodies, voluntary agencies and other faith communities

In our recruitment of paid staff and volunteers, following Diocesan procedures in -

  • ensuring careful selection and recruitment of ordained and lay ministers as appropriate, voluntary workers, and paid workers with children and young people, in line with safer recruitment principles and checks
  • providing supervision, support and training

In our publicity -

  • sharing information about good safeguarding practice with children, parents, and all those working with them

When concerns are raised, following Diocesan procedures in -

  • responding without delay to every concern raised that a child or young person may have been harmed, or be at risk from harm; or about the behaviour of an adult or child
  • working with the diocese and appropriate statutory bodies during an investigation into child abuse, including when allegations are made against a member of the church community
  • challenging any abuse of power, especially by anyone in a position of trust

In our care -

  • ensuring that informed and appropriate pastoral care is offered to any child, young person or adult who has suffered abuse
  • ensuring that appropriate pastoral care is offered to any member of our church community against whom an allegation is made

In our supervision, following Diocesan procedures in -

  • ensuring, in partnership with the diocese and other agencies, that care and supervision is provided for any member of our church community known to have offended against a child or young person, or to pose a risk to them.

We are committed to reviewing our policy and procedures annually.