Safeguarding Policy

The Churches of St Paul, Wokingham with St Nicholas, Emmbrook Safeguarding Policy

The following policy was agreed at the PCC meeting held on 20 May 2019

    1. We are committed to:
        ◦ The care and nurture of, and respectful pastoral ministry with, all children and all adults
        ◦ The safeguarding and protection of all children, young people and adults when they are vulnerable
        ◦ 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.

    2. We will carefully select and train all those with any responsibility within the Church, in line with safer recruitment principles, including the use of Disclosure and Barring Service criminal record checks.

    3. We will respond without delay to every concern or complaint made which suggests that an adult, child or young person may have been harmed or is at risk of harm, co-operating with the police and local authority in any investigation and we will have a clear reporting procedure in place

    4. We will seek to work with anyone who has suffered abuse, developing, with him or her, an appropriate ministry of informed pastoral care.

    5. We will seek to challenge any abuse of power, especially by anyone in a position of trust.

    6. We will 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.

    7. In all these principles we will follow statute, guidance and recognised good practice.

    8. We will advise the Diocese which Registered Body we use to process applications for Disclosure and Barring Service criminal record checks.

    9. We will advise the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser if we receive a Disclosure which is ‘blemished’ or ‘positive’.

    10. We will review this policy annually, check that our policies are up to date, and supply a copy of the updated policy statement to the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser.

Our Safeguarding Officers are:

Safeguarding Officer         Chris Barker – Contact the Safeguarding Officer

Safeguarding Manager     John Foster
Children’s Advocates (St Paul’s)    Jason Searancke and Becca Lamey 

Children’s Advocate (St Nicholas’s) Sally Dowling

Date 5 June 2019

Copy of this form lodged with:
Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser,
Church House Oxford,
Langford Locks,
Oxford OX5 1GF

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