Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults in our Church
In February 2017 the House of Bishops approved commitments for implementation in dioceses and parishes. These six commitments now form the foundation for all current and future safeguarding policies and practice guidance documents, including an updated national safeguarding policy approved during 2017.
All parishes must adopt and follow the national “Promoting a Safer Church” policy statements supported by National Practice Guidance which has been incorporated into the Parish Safeguarding Handbook 2018. These documents, together with details of the training courses, are available to view on the diocesan website www.cofeguildford.org.uk.
On our website you will find the following documents:
1. The Safeguarding Roles of the Incumbent, PCC, Parish Safeguarding Officer, Churchwardens, Other Clergy and Leaders and Helpers. These show our accountability and what should be expected of the officers of our church.
2. A Personal Safety Plan and Risk Assessment for those who may find themselves working alone in church, the Parish Centre or when visiting someone in their home.
3. The Parish Safeguarding Policy Statement which was adopted by the PCC, in May 2019, and signed by our Rector. This statement is adopted each year and shows the responsibilities of the PCC in ensuring that current practices are adhered to. You will find copies displayed in the church porch and Parish Centre.
4. The Practice Guidance for Safer Recruitment documents the recruitment process and DBS checking procedures for people working or volunteering with children and adults. Job descriptions, interviews and appraisals are undertaken for all roles in our church.
5. This document is the Church Of England’s Safeguarding Policy for the Safeguarding of Children and Vulnerable Adults. It shows the six commitments we are following as the foundation for the future.
6. The list of training courses currently taking place and administered by the Safeguarding unit of the Guildford Diocese. However, up to date information will always be available on the diocesan website shown above. These training courses are free and anyone involved in teaching or training in our church is asked to attend a course every 3 years.
7. The Parish Safeguarding Handbook 2018
If anyone has any concerns about safeguarding at our church then please speak immediately to Brian or, our Safeguarding Officer, Annabelle Yeomans. It is essential that all attending and associated with St. James’ Church feel welcomed and included in all of our daily life. We are a family and, as such, we look after each other.