Parish Policy Statement on Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults
Every person has a value and dignity, which comes from the creation of people in God’s own image. Christians see this potential as fulfilled by God’s creation of us in Christ. Among other things this implies a duty to all people as bearing the image of God and therefore to protect them from harm.
We commit ourselves to nurture, protect and safeguard all our members, particularly children, young people and vulnerable adults.
We recognise that safeguarding is the responsibility of the whole church.
We undertake to exercise proper care in the selection appointment, training and support of those working with children or vulnerable adults.
We will respond without delay to concerns or allegations that a child or vulnerable adult may have been harmed, co-operating fully in any investigation.
We will challenge any abuse of power by anyone in a position of trust.
We will seek to offer pastoral care and support to anyone who has suffered abuse.
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.
Signed: Toby Webber, vicar Leslie Moore and Robert Barnes, churchwardens