Christ Church is committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults at risk so they can worship and grow in Christ safely. This is done in a coordinated and supported manner and involves Church Safeguarding Officers, our PCC who have oversight with our vicar, Hugh Balfour and the Diocesan Safeguarding Team. Concerns about children, young people and adults at risk will be diligently and promptly responded to according to our procedures, recognising the sensitivity it may hold for those involved.
The Parish Safeguarding Officers for this church are:
Fiona Foreman and Miranda Haslem and can be contacted via 020 7732 5935.
What are their roles?
This is the statement from Southwark Diocese regarding the role of safeguarding officers:
· We aim to create safe environments, where children and young people are nurtured and protected; and where all people, and especially those who may be vulnerable for any reason, are able to worship and pursue their faith journey with encouragement and in safety.
· We follow the national legal and procedural framework for safeguarding children and vulnerable adults, and Church of England policy and practice.
· We act promptly on any complaints made, and work in close partnership with police and social care services where children or vulnerable adults have been harmed or are at risk of harm or mistreatment.
· We provide safe recruitment, training and support to our voluntary and paid workers with children and vulnerable adults.
In practice at Christ Church this means that we are involved in:
· Ensuring that all activities/groups etc are carried out in accordance with A Safe Church
· Processing the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) forms and checking identification of volunteers and paid workers
· Offering advice and support on variety of issues that the children and young people’s team, and others involved in pastoral care, encounter in their work
· Ensuring that activities are risk assessed by leaders and offering advice when needed
· Providing training to volunteers and paid workers on safeguarding issues
· Dealing with any complaints or allegations
· Referring to and liaising with Local Authority where a child/vulnerable adult has been harmed or is at risk of being harmed