Safeguarding policy statement for children & vulnerable adults for the parish of Kimbolton
The safeguarding of children and adults is an integral part of the life and ministry of our church. It is set out clearly in legislation and is everyone’s responsibility. This policy statement represents our commitment toward the welfare of children and young people and vulnerable adults within our community.
The Parish of Kimbolton is committed to safeguarding those who attend worship and other activities held in church and in the wider community. We recognise that safeguarding is the responsibility of the whole church community and that we have a duty of care to ensure the protection of the vulnerable in our church community.
We will, therefore, endeavour to promote a safer church for all. We follow the House of Bishops’ ‘Promoting a Safer Church’ safeguarding policy statement and the House of Bishops’ and diocesan safeguarding policies and practice guidance while being responsive to local parish requirements.
- We will seek to create an environment where everyone is included, respected, listened to and taken seriously. We accept the prime duty of care for children and vulnerable adults and have appointed a safeguarding coordinator to ensure that what we do is informed by current policies and procedures from local and national authorities.
- We are committed to: the care and nurture of, and respectful pastoral ministry with, all children, young people and adults the safeguarding and protection of all children, young people and vulnerable adults.
- We are committed to the establishment of a safe, caring community which provides an environment where there is informed vigilance as to the dangers of abuse.
- We will follow recommended safeguarding practice in recruiting, training and supporting our ordained and lay ministers, employees and volunteers. Recruitment includes Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks for those working regularly with children and vulnerable adults. Health and Safety policies are in place and adequate insurance covers all activities undertaken.
- We will make timely responses to every complaint made which suggests that an adult, child or young person may have been harmed, cooperating with the police and local authority in any investigation.
- We will seek to provide pastoral care which is respectful and informed, for anyone who has suffered abuse and respect confidentiality.
- We will seek to identify and manage risk and challenge any abuse of power, especially by anyone in a position of trust.
In all of these principles we will follow legislation, guidance and recognised good practice and actively commit to the promotion of a safe church community. We will endeavour to carry out our duties at the highest level of Christian behaviour.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE CONCERNS
If you have information about a safeguarding situation where a child or adult is in immediate danger or requires immediate medical attention call the emergency services on 999. Do not delay.
If you wish to report any safeguarding concerns directly to the Diocese of Ely, please contact the team below.
ST ANDREW’S CHURCH SAFEGUARDING COORDINATOR
Adrian Dack Contact: 01480 861604; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
EMERGENCY AND OTHER CONTACT NUMBERS
Policies, Procedures and Parish Safeguarding Resources can be found on the Diocese of Ely Website.
The Safeguarding pages have been comprehensively updated in the Policy and Guidance section.
Go to: www.elydiocese.org/safeguarding
SAFEGUARDING CONCERNS IN YOUR PARISH
Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser: Rebecca Boswell
• Tel: 01353 652731 Out of hours: 07904 487912
• Email: email@example.com
Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser: (part-time) Sharon Gage
• Tel: 01353 652706
• E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Training, Criminal Record Checks and Parish Safeguarding Officer Support
Diocesan Safeguarding Officer – Sarah King
• Tel: 01353 652735
• E-mail: email@example.com
Safeguarding Administrative Support – DBS checks (part-time) – Jackie Cox
• Tel 01353 652721
• E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Safeguarding Administrative Support – Training (part-time) – Jane Moore
• Tel: 01353 652738
• E-mail: email@example.com
Reporting abuse may be very difficult and distressing to you and it may add to your hurt by our not being able to immediately assist you.
Therefore, here are the contact details of other agencies that are available to assist either on a 24-hour basis or through specialist helplines and services:
• NSPCC Child Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are worried about a child.
• Child-line: 0800 1111 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are a child or young person and are worried about anything.
• National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 ((lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse.
• Samaritans Helpline: 08457 90 90 90 (open 24 hours). Phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to.
• Action on Elder Abuse Helpline: 080 8808 8141 (free phone Monday to Friday 9-5pm)