Policy Statement for the Safeguarding of Children and Adults
Parish of Warblington with Emsworth
Safeguarding in the parish of Warblington with Emsworth is taken very seriously and impacts on all that the parish does. The overall responsibility for safeguarding rests with the PCC (Parochial Church Council) which has appointed Terri Kemp as its Parish Safeguarding Representative.
Clergy, lay staff and volunteers who work within the parish are required to follow good practice as laid out by the PCC in conjunction with the Diocese, in order to protect and safeguard the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We are committed to ensuring that those working with such groups are carefully recruited, undergo a criminal record check (Disclosure and Barring Service check which is updated every 5 years), complete regular safeguarding training and are trained and supported in their role. The Safeguarding Policy Statement is displayed in both churches and the parish hall.
Should you have any safeguarding concerns or would like to discuss our Safeguarding Policy please contact:
Parish Safeguarding Representative
Terri Kemp Tel: 07902 125421 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev Andrew Sheard Tel: 07967 588520 e-mail: email@example.com
Further information about safeguarding in the Portsmouth Diocese can be obtained via the following link. https://www.portsmouth.anglican.org/safeguarding/
The Parish of Warblington and Emsworth Safeguarding Policy 2019
The Parish of Warblington with Emsworth takes seriously its responsibility to protect and safeguard the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults who may be at risk of harm, and has produced the following safeguarding policy and underpinning procedures in order to set out the standards we wish to uphold.
This policy applies to all church officers and is informed by and supports the House of Bishops’ and Diocesan Safeguarding Policy and Practice Guidance and Parish Safeguarding Handbook https://www.portsmouth.anglican.org/safeguarding/toolkit/resources/. The term ‘parish’ is used to denote the PCC and Incumbent, who together are responsible for ensuring the safety and protection of all children, young people and vulnerable adults groups involved with the church. It is also the responsibility of all church officers (anyone having a recognised role in the life of the parish) to assist the PCC in this endeavour.
We recognise that:
- The welfare of the child or young person is paramount.
- All children and adults with vulnerabilities, regardless of age, culture, disability, gender, ethnic origin, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity, have the right to protection from abuse.
- Partnership working is essential to good safeguarding practice.
- All suspicions and allegations of abuse and poor practice will be taken seriously and responded to without delay.
- All church officers have a responsibility to report concerns to their Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO).
- Church officers must receive support and training to be aware of and understand best practice, and how to manage any welfare or safeguarding issues that may arise.
Promoting a safer environment and culture
We will ensure that all reasonable steps have been taken to safeguard children, young people and vulnerable adults in order that they can participate fully in any pastoral, social and other PCC endorsed or approved activities and events, safe from harm and abuse.
The following activities and events have been identified as those which are associated with children, young people and vulnerable adults and run in the name of the church:
- Babies & Banter child and carer group
- Young Church and associated children’s activities
- Friends of God Youth Group
- Youth Alpha and Study Group
- Pastoral care visiting and home communion
- Minus One and bereavement support activities
- Transport assistance
For these activities and events we will:
- Designate a Group Leader
- Ensure an appropriate staffing/supervision ratio of adults to children, taking into account the nature of the activity, the venue and the age, gender and needs of participants.
- Ensure leaders & volunteers do not work alone with children, young people and vulnerable adults
- Obtain parental/guardian consent for attendance at groups and trips, use of images and transporting children in private cars
- Ensure unaccompanied children are taken care of by a suitably appointed adult and endeavour to establish contact with the parent or carers to gain their consent to their child’s attendance
- Ensure no child, young person or vulnerable adult is invited into the home of a church officer unless the reason for this has been approved and agreed with parents/carers and the PCC.
- Ensure pastoral visitors do not misuse or abuse the trust that is bestowed upon them
- Ensure risk assessments are carried out before the activity/event takes place, and these are reviewed regularly
- Provide appropriate insurance cover for all activities undertaken in the name of the PCC
- Ensure that all activities and events which are not run directly by the church but which take place in church buildings or grounds comply with the relevant safeguarding guidance
We will select, vet and train all church officers working or volunteering with vulnerable groups in accordance with the House of Bishop’s and Diocesan safeguarding policy and practice guidance.
- Ensure we have clear role descriptions and/or person specifications for all posts working or volunteering with children and/or vulnerable adults
- Ensure all church workers and volunteers with children and vulnerable adults complete an appropriate application process before appointment
- Ensure we take up written references and carefully check the applicant’s right to work in the UK before appointment
- Seek an enhanced DBS check for anyone eligible before appointment
- Ensure that all applicants with children and vulnerable adults are interviewed
- Offer support and training after appointment
- Provide a written behaviour code for all workers with children and/or vulnerable adults
- Ensure all church leaders and those who work with children and/or vulnerable adults complete appropriate safeguarding training at least every three years.
Responding to safeguarding concerns
We will ensure that anyone who brings any safeguarding suspicion, concern, knowledge or allegation of current or non-current abuse to the notice of the church will be responded to respectfully and in a timely manner, in line with legislation, statutory and national safeguarding policy and procedures.
- Appoint at least one lay Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO) for children and vulnerable adults
- Ensure there are arrangements in place to cover if the PSO is not available
- Develop a written procedure for dealing with abuse and allegations and make this available to all church officers
- Clearly display contact details of the PSO and the Diocesan Safeguarding team, as well as local and national services available to get help with safeguarding issues
- Store personal information and safeguarding records securely and ensure information needed in an emergency is readily available
- Ensure all church officers are aware of their responsibilities in regard to the recording, storage and sharing of information
Care of Survivors of abuse
We will ensure that those who have suffered abuse will receive a compassionate response, be listened to and taken seriously.
When it is known that a member of the church community may pose a risk to children and/or vulnerable adults, we will consult without delay with the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser so that a safe course of action in accordance with national and local safeguarding policy and procedures is followed, in conjunction with the relevant statutory agencies.
Monitoring and Review
This safeguarding policy together with the Parish Safeguarding Handbook, Promoting a Safer Church will be available to all church officers, parents and participants.
The policy will be reviewed in July 2020 by the PCC and amended as appropriate.
Parish Office: 20a Church Path Emsworth Hampshire PO10 7DP
Registered charity: The PCC of the ecclesiastical Parish of St Thomas á Becket, Warblington with St James, Emsworth. Charity number 1128391.