Safeguarding Policy Statement of the Church of England and the Methodist Church.
The Church of England, its Archbishops, Bishops, clergy and leaders are committed to safeguarding as an integral part of the life and ministry of the Church.
Safeguarding means the action the Church takes to promote a safer culture. This means we will promote the welfare of children, young people and adults, work to prevent abuse from occurring, seek to protect those that are at risk of being abused and respond well to those that have been abused. We will take care to identify where a person may present a risk to others, and offer support to them whilst taking steps to mitigate such risks.
The Church of England affirms the ‘Whole Church’ approach to safeguarding. This approach encompasses a commitment to consistent policy and practice across all Church bodies, Church Officers and that everyone associated with the Church, who comes into contact with children, young people and adults, has a role to play.
The Church will take appropriate steps to maintain a safer environment for all and to practice fully and positively Christ’s Ministry towards children, young people and adults; to respond sensitively and compassionately to their needs in order to help keep them safe from harm.
You will find the safeguarding policies that St Andrew’s follows on this link……
Safeguarding – Safer recruitment of volunteers and paid workers at St Andrew’s.
The Diocese of Rochester’s policy of Safer Recruitment ensures that all volunteers and paid workers complete the paperwork which includes providing two referees, a confidential declaration and, if they meet the set criteria, undergoing a DBS check. No one can start as a volunteer at a St Andrew’s group or club with children, young people or adults at risk of harm without going through the Safer Recruitment process.
New volunteers are given a code of conduct to follow to ensure safer working practices.
Safeguarding support and advice: The Diocese of Rochester provide us with advice and guidance from Janice Keen who is the Bishop’s Adviser for Safeguarding Children and Adults at risk of harm.
We can also contact CCPAS (Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service) www.ccpas.co.uk
St Andrew’s contacts: Rachael Knapp- Parish Children’s Representative Safeguarder. Hilary Sutton- Assistant Safeguarder. Tom Chewter- Lead recruiter DBS.