Summary of Statement of Safeguarding Policy and Procedure (21st September 2020)
Matthew 25:40 says,“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'”
Promoting a Safe Church, complied by the Church House Publishing states, “The heart of Christian Pastoral Care is this: love for God and love for our neighbour, the social expression of which is justice in all human affairs.”
Therefore, the Parochial Church Council (PCC) of Holy Trinity Church West Bromwich, will take all reasonable care to ensure the safety of the children, young people and vulnerable adults involved in all types of church ministry and activity, regularly reviewing this at PCC meetings. As such we will adhere to the Diocesan policy of safer recruitment, training and best practice.
The following policy was agreed at the Parochial Church Council (PCC) meeting held on 21st September 2020.
In accordance with the Church of England Safeguarding Policy our church is committed to:
- Promoting a safer environment and culture.
- Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children, young people and vulnerable adults within the church.
- Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation.
- Caring pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse and other affected persons.
- Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns or allegations of abuse and other affected persons.
- Responding to those that may pose a present risk to others.
The Parish will:
- Create a safe and caring place for all.
- Have a named Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO) to work with the incumbent and the PCC to implement policy and procedures.
- Safely recruit, train and support all those with any responsibility for children, young people and adults to have the confidence and skills to recognise and respond to abuse.
- Ensure that there is appropriate insurance cover for all activities involving children and adults undertaken in the name of the parish.
- Display in church premises and on the Parish website the details of who to contact if there are safeguarding concerns or support needs.
- Listen to and take seriously all those who disclose abuse.
- Take steps to protect children and adults when a safeguarding concern of any kind arises, following House of Bishops guidance, including notifying the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA) and statutory agencies immediately.
- Offer support to victims/survivors of abuse regardless of the type of abuse, when or where it occurred.
- Care for and monitor any member of the church community who may pose a risk to children and adults whilst maintaining appropriate confidentiality and the safety of all parties.
- Ensure that health and safety policy, procedures and risk assessments are in place and that these are reviewed annually.
- Review the implementation of the Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and Practices at least annually.
Each person who works within this church community will agree to abide by this policy and the guidelines established by this church.
This church appoints Helen Morrow as the Parish Safeguarding Officer
Signed by: (Incumbent), and (Church Wardens) on behalf of the whole PCC.
This policy to be continually monitored, and reviewed annually. Next review November 2021.