In accordance with the Church of England Safeguarding Policy our churches are committed to:
- Promoting a safer environment and culture.
- Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children, young people and vulnerable adults within the church.
- Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation.
- Caring pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse and other affected persons.
- Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns or allegations of abuse and other affected persons.
- Responding to those that may pose a present risk to others.
The Benefice will:
- Create a safe and caring place for all.
- Have a named Benefice Safeguarding Officer to work with the incumbent and the Parish Church Councils to implement policy and procedures.
- Safely recruit, train and support all those with any responsibility for children, young people and adults to have the confidence and skills to recognise and respond to abuse.
- Ensure that there is appropriate insurance cover for all activities involving children and adults undertaken in the name of the parish.
- Display in church premises and on the Benefice website the details of who to contact if there are safeguarding concerns or support needs.
- Listen to and take seriously all those who disclose abuse.
- Take steps to protect children and adults when a safeguarding concern of any kind arises, following House of Bishops guidance, including notifying the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA) and statutory agencies immediately.
- Offer support to victims/survivors of abuse regardless of the type of abuse, when or where it occurred.
- Care for and monitor any member of the church community who may pose a risk to children and adults whilst maintaining appropriate confidentiality and the safety of all parties.
- Ensure that health and safety policy, procedures and risk assessments are in place and that these are reviewed annually.
- Review the implementation of the Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and Practices at least annually.
Each person who works within this church community will agree to abide by this policy and the guidelines established by this church.
If you are concerned that a child or vulnerable adult may be at immediate risk – contact the Police – 999
For safeguarding advice or to register a safeguarding concern – please call the Winchester Diocese Safeguarding Manager (Jackie Rowlands) – 01962 737317 (office), 07921 865374 (mobile) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For immediate advice, outside usual working hours, please call the Hampshire Out of Hours Service – telephone 0300 555 1373
Further information and resources, including the Parish Safeguarding Handbook and safeguarding training dates/access, can be found on the Winchester Diocese website https://www.winchester.anglican.org/safeguarding/
Link to Helplines and Support Agencies List
Our Benefice Safeguarding officer is Mrs Steve Jefferson, email@example.com