As part of the Christian Church living in the spirit of the Gospel, we are committed to protect and care for everyone in the church community, but especially adults at risk and children.
We are committed to:
- The care of, the nurture of, and respectful pastoral ministry with all children and adults.
- The safeguarding and protection of all children and adults.
- The establishing of a safe, caring community which provides a loving environment where victims of abuse can report or disclose abuse and where they can find support and best practice that contributes to the prevention of abuse.
To this end we will:
- Carefully select, support and train all those with any responsibility within the church, in line with the Church of England’s Practice Guidance for Safer Recruitment.
- Respond without delay to every complaint made that a child or adult may have been harmed, cooperating with the police and local authority in any investigation.
- Seek to offer informed pastoral care and support to anyone who has suffered abuse, developing with them an appropriate ministry that recognises the importance of understanding the needs of those who have been abused, including their feelings of alienation and/or isolation.
- Seek to protect survivors of abuse from the possibility of further harm and abuse.
- Seek to challenge any abuse of power, especially by anyone in a position of respect and responsibility, where they are trusted by others.
- Seek to offer pastoral care and support, including supervision, and referral to the appropriate authorities, to any member of our church community known to have offended against a child or adult.
In all of the above:
- We have adopted and will review at least annually the Church of England Safeguarding Policy (see below)
- We will follow legislation, guidance and recognised good practice.
- We will monitor and regularly review our local safeguarding procedures.
Local contacts available to speak to if you have any concerns:
Priest-in-charge: post in vacancy - please refer to Area Dean Rev Andy Batchelor.
Parish Safeguarding Officers:
- Mrs. Helen Eadon (Napton, Stockton & Lower Shuckburgh),
- Mrs. Gill Kinnear (Priors Marston, Priors Hardwick & Wormleighton) .
via the Group Office answerphone 01926 812383 or email email@example.com
Diocesan Safeguarding Team: 02476 521345 (24 hours)
Warwickshire Social Care Team: 01926 886922
If there is immediate risk or danger, please contact the police on 999