St. Mary’s Church aims to provide a safe, secure and supportive environment in which children can develop and be helped towards a mature faith in Christ, through worship, activity and play.

This policy can be read in conjunction with the Safeguarding Policy Statement (March 2016).

 All leaders of Sunday Club and Tots’ Praise have enhanced DBS Disclosures.

AIMS

The PCC of St. Mary’s have formally accepted the Diocese Safeguarding Policy and the Code of Good Practice relating to work with children and young people and have accepted its recommendations and are working to implement them. The PCC aim to

  • Provide a safe and respectful environment in which children and young people can explore and develop their faith.
  • Actively safeguard and promote the welfare of all children who come to Church in partnership with parents/carers whenever possible; to ensure there is a culture of ‘informed vigilance’ to the dangers of abuse.
  • Promote and foster positive and trusting relationships with parents.
  • Develop workers’ (volunteers and paid) awareness and expertise on Child Protection issues by supporting, resourcing, training and regularly reviewing.
  • Formulate procedures and systems to secure the safety and welfare of children and young people and to report any abuse that is discovered or suspected.
  • To ensure the safety and welfare of Leaders, particularly through the annual review.
  • Ensure regular safety inspections of the building by the Parish Health and Safety Group.
  • Seek to work with anyone who has suffered abuse with a ministry of informed pastoral care.
  • Challenge abuse of power, especially by anyone in a position of trust.

OBJECTIVES

During the year 2018-19 the PCC intend to ensure that:

  1. They continue to develop procedures and systems to secure the safety and welfare of children and young people in line with the Diocesan Policy.
  2. All volunteers and paid staff are fully aware of child protection issues and are confident about the Church’s child protection procedures and systems including DBS disclosures.
  3. Parishioners are made aware of the Parish and Diocesan Safeguarding Policies.
  4. Pastoral care and support is available to any member of the church community known to have offended against a child or young person.