Copyright Wambrook Parish church 2019
The safeguarding and protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults is everyone’s
responsibility, not just parents or those who have formal leadership or caring responsibilities.
Procedures and formal processes alone, though essential, will not protect children and adults. The community, including all its members, needs to be aware of the dangers and be prepared to report concerns and take action if necessary.
We (The P.C.C.) will carefully select and train all those with any responsibility for children, young people and vulnerable adults within the church in line with safer recruitment principles, including taking up references and the use of criminal records checks.
By definition, the term ‘complaint’ can cover an allegation, disclosure or statement, something seen or something heard. The complaint need not be made in writing but once received it will be recorded and acted upon. Complaints can be taken from alleged victims and third parties.
If a child, young person or vulnerable adult comes to notice as having suffered abuse in the past, church officers will notify the Diocesan Safeguarding Team and appropriate authorities to ensure that the matter is on record. Support will be offered to adult survivors of child abuse, who will also be encouraged to make a statement to the Police if they have not done so before.
We (The P.C.C.) will seek to offer informed pastoral care and support to anyone who has suffered abuse, developing with them an appropriate ministry that recognises the importance of understanding the needs of those who have been abused, including their feelings of alienation and / or isolation. We recognise that anyone can be a victim of abuse in any setting, including in their own home, and in a church environment, and we will work hard to make our church a safe place for people to disclose any concerns they have and receive appropriate support. We will seek to protect survivors of abuse from the possibility of further harm and abuse.
We (The P.C.C.) will seek to challenge any abuse of power, especially by anyone in a position of trust and responsibility, where they are trusted by others.
We (The P.C.C.) will seek to offer pastoral care and support, including supervision, and referral to the appropriate authorities, to any member of our Church community known to have offended against a child, young person or adult who is vulnerable. We will support them in continuing to attend church services whilst supervising their attendance to reduce the risk of further harm.
The P.C.C. agrees to follow the Practice Guidance from the House of Bishops on safeguarding matters, and to adopt the Diocese of Bath and Wells Safeguarding Policies.
Clergy:- Vicar ~ The Rev Ann Kember. Associate Vicar ~ The Rev Georgina Vye.
Churchwarden:- Mr Graeme Pidgeon.
Safeguarding Officer:- Peter Stefanovic. (Cloverleaf).
To Contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team, click the link underneath.
The P.C.C. St Mary’s Wambrook:- Safeguarding policy
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