Every person has a value and dignity which comes directly from the creation of male and female in God’s own image and likeness. Christians see this potential as fulfilled by God’s re-creation of us in Christ. Among other things, this implies a duty to value all people as bearing the image of God and therefore to protect them from harm.
We will endeavour to safeguard vulnerable adults by:
- Recognising that everyone has different levels of vulnerability and that each of us may be regarded as vulnerable at some time in our lives.
- Committing ourselves to respectful pastoral care for all adults to whom we minister and promoting their inclusion and empowerment.
- Committing ourselves to ensuring their wellbeing in the life of the church and recognising that each of us is responsible for the prevention of physical, emotional, sexual, financial and spiritual abuse by reporting any such abuse we discover or suspect.
- Promoting safe practice by those in positions of trust and challenging any abuse of power.
- Exercising care in the appointment and selection of those who will work with people who may be vulnerable.
- Following Church of England policies and practice guidance relating to safe guarding and establishing a culture of ‘informed vigilance’ as to the dangers of abuse.
- Ensuring each person who works with vulnerable people will agree to abide by these recommendations and guidelines established by this church and to support, resource training and review their work.