St Matthew’s Church safeguarding officer
Angela Pursey – she can be contacted confidentially at safeguardingSM@googlemail.com
For detailed information see the Diocesan Policy statement
It is the legal responsibility of each PCC to fulfil their duty of care towards children during worship and in all church-sponsored activities. The PCC or delegated Church Council must implement the Diocesan Child Protection Policy and provide a safe environment for children, young people and volunteers. Every year the PCC should agree the “Parish Policy Statement” as their general statement of intent. They should also agree any local implementation details in addition to the Diocesan Policy, using the framework procedure given.
The Parish Policy Statement should be displayed in the church and a copy sent to the Diocesan Child Protection Adviser. Suggested format
The PCC or Church Council must appoint a Parish Child Protection Representative, who will be responsible, on behalf of the incumbent and PCC for implementing the Diocesan Policy and any local additions. Description of the representative’s role. It would be helpful if the representative could be co-opted on to the Church Council. Any change of Parish Child Protection Representative should be communicated to the Diocesan Child Protection Adviser.
Some parishes may not be providing children’s or mixed-age activities at the present time. In such cases the PCC should still pass a proposal accepting the Diocesan Policy and complete the Parish Policy Statement even though they have nothing to implement at the moment. This document should be sent to the Diocesan Child Protection Adviser so that a full record of complying parishes can be kept.
Failure to follow the procedures and to ensure that good practice is followed could result in the parish’s third-party liability insurance being invalid.
Parish child protection policy statement
Parish of St Matthew’s Worthing
The following policy was agreed at the PCC meeting held on 19 May 2016
As members of this PCC, we are committed to the safeguarding, care and nurture of all our members, particularly the children and young people.
- We recognise that our work with children and young people is the responsibility of the whole church community.
- We are committed to implementing the House of Bishops’ Child Protection Policy ‘Protecting All God’s Children 2010’, and the Diocesan procedures, which are based on the Children Act 1989, and Government guidance “Working together to Safeguard Children 2006”.
- We will carefully select and train ordained and lay ministers; volunteers and paid workers with children and young people using the Criminal Records Bureau, amongst other tools, to check the background of each person.
- We will respond, without delay, to every complaint made that a child or young person, for whom we are responsible, may have been harmed.
- We will co-operate fully with statutory agencies during any investigation concerning a member of the church community.
- We will seek to offer informed pastoral care to any child or children, young person or adult who has suffered abuse.
- We will care for and supervise any member of our church community known to have offended against a child.
- We will review this policy annually and as part of this process will ensure that all our procedures, particularly in relation to the Criminal Record Bureau, are up to date.
A copy of this statement is to be displayed in the church and a copy sent to the Bishop’s Adviser for Safeguarding Children and Adults.
The parish policy for vulnerable adults can be found here
New Safeguarding Awareness Course
The Church of England has developed a Foundational Safeguarding Awareness Course for everyone.
You can find the course online. https://safeguarding.chichester.anglican.org/safeguardingelearning/
It is intended for anyone at all who wants to understand more about safeguarding, why it is so important, and how to work towards a safer community.