Policy Statement for the Safeguarding of Children and Adults
Parish of Warblington with Emsworth
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As members of the PCC we commit our church community to the support, nurture, protection and safeguarding of all, especially the young and vulnerable. We recognise that our work with children, young people and adults who may be at risk is the responsibility of the whole church community and are fully committed to acting within current legislation, guidance, national frameworks and the Diocesan Safeguarding procedures.
- We will ensure that all the necessary checks are made to promote the safe selection and recruitment of those who work with vulnerable groups, and provide the necessary supervision, support and training to them in order that they can undertake their roles effectively.
- We will respond without delay to concerns raised about a child, young person or adult who may have been harmed, or be at risk from harm.
- We will fully co-operate with the Diocese and appropriate statutory agencies during any investigation into abuse, including when allegations are made against a member of the church community.
- We commit ourselves to respectful pastoral care for all children and adults to whom we minister.
- We commit ourselves to promoting safe practice by those in positions of trust.
- The parish adopts the guidelines of the Church of England and the Diocese.
- Each person who works with vulnerable groups, including children, will agree to abide by these recommendations and the amplifying instructions established by this church, attached at Annex A.
- We are committed to reviewing our policy annually, and as part of this, check that our parish safeguarding procedures are up-to-date and relevant.
SAFEGUARDING POLICY AMPLIFYING INSTRUCTIONS
The following instructions amplify the Diocesan Safeguarding Policy and are applicable to the parish of Warblington with Emsworth. They are approved by the PCC
Throughout the remainder of this document ‘young people’ is defined as including ‘vulnerable adults’.
- Ensure this policy is read, understood and adopted by all those who work with young people.
- Ensure the Diocesan policy, procedures and guidelines as presented in the Diocesan Safeguarding Handbook (February 2010) is available for all group leaders by prior arrangement.
- Provide all leaders with training and training materials as becomes available by the Diocesan Safeguarding Team.
- Treat all young people fairly and equitably irrespective of gender, class, race, ability, colour or creed.
- Maintain a safe environment within the limits of a reasonable duty of care.
- Maintain an Attendance Register for all young people, their leaders and helpers. The Parish Safeguarding Representative shall inspect these registers periodically on behalf of the PCC.
- Ensure that the parents/guardian of all young people attending Parish activities to complete an initial registration form. Separate consent forms may be required for specific activities.
- Treat all information as confidential as required by the Data Protection Act except where a young person is considered to be at risk
- Ensure all volunteers, including helpers, who have occasional contact with young people, to complete a Confidential Self Declaration Form
- Ensure all leaders and those with substantial contact with young people to complete the necessary vetting application – Disclosure and Barring Service.
- Provide all leaders with a written job description, to be reviewed annually, and maintain a record of relevant
training, including Safeguarding Awareness.
- Respond promptly, appropriately and with sensitivity to any incident causing concern,
and record details of the incident and actions taken as soon as possible.
- Ensure that each group activity including young people is supervised by at least two Group Leaders with an appropriate gender balance. Where necessary, parental involvement will be sought.
14. Any Parish Representative transporting young people for Church activities must comply with section 2C of the Diocesan Guidelines (February 2010) and current legislation.