Safeguarding Children and Young People: Principles ( March 2016)
Every person has a value and dignity which comes directly from the creation of male and female in God’s own image and likeness. Christians see this potential as fulfilled by God’s re-creation of us in Christ. Among other things this implies a duty to value all people as bearing the image of God and therefore to protect them from harm.
We are committed to:
- The care, nurture of, and respectful pastoral ministry to, all children and all adults
- The safeguarding and protection of all children, young people and vulnerable adults
- The establishing of safe, caring communities which provide a loving environment where there is a culture of ‘informed vigilance’ as to the dangers of abuse.
We will therefore:
- Select and train all those with any responsibilities within the Church, in line with safer recruitment principles, including the use of the Disclosure and Barring Service.
- Respond without delay to every complaint made which suggests that an adult, child or young person may have been harmed, co-operating with the police and local authority in any investigation.
- Seek to work with anyone who has suffered abuse, developing with him or her an appropriate ministry of informed pastoral care.
- Seek to challenge any abuse of power, especially by anyone in a position of trust.
- Seek to offer pastoral care and support, including supervision and referral to the proper authorities, to any member of our church community known to have offended against a child, young person or vulnerable adult.
- Follow legislation, guidance and recognised good practice.
This principle statement will be renewed annually, and progress in carrying it out will be monitored by the Safeguarding Coordinators.
Toton Churches Policy and Procedures (March 2016)
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If you have concerns about possible abuse (including allegations):
In an emergency, respond immediately.
Call 999 for the emergency services.
2. Consult the person to
whom you are responsible e.g. leader of your group, or the Safeguarding Coordinator, or your Minister.
Decide together whether to seek advice or to make an immediate referral.
4. Make a record of what
happened, your concerns and your actions.
Sign and date it and pass it on to the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser.
Adviser: Donna Bernard-Carlin - email
Good Practice Guidelines
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