Promoting a Safer Church
The care and protection of children, young people and adults involved in Church activities is the responsibility of everyone who participates in the life of the Church
We believe that every human being is made in the image of God. It follows that we should honour everyone regardless of their age, capabilities, gender or ethnicity.
Protecting the vulnerable, whether adults or children, is a responsibility carried by all in Christian ministry; we cannot be satisfied until we are sure we have done all in our power to protect them from harm. Our churches must be a safe haven.
Therefore we commit to:
- Promoting a safe and healthy environment and culture in every way possible at all times
- Safely recruiting and supporting those with responsibility related to children, young people and adults at risk, whether paid or voluntary
- Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation
- Caring pastorally for those subjected to abuse, or others affected by it
- Caring pastorally for those against whom concerns or allegations are raised, or others affected by such
- Responding to those that may pose a present risk
- Appointing Safeguarding Officers, and ensuring all workers complete self-declaration forms, DBS clearance and training at least every 3 years.
- Following the guidelines and procedures published by the Church of England in 2017, reference copies of which are kept in the church office.