As a church community, we are committed to:
- The care nurture of and respectful pastoral ministry with all children and adults.
- The safeguarding and protection of all children and adults.
- The establishment of safe, caring communities which provide a loving environment, where there is a culture of ‘Informed vigilance’ regarding the dangers of abuse.
Which, for children and young people:
- Values them for who they are and nurtures their positive development.
- Enables them to participate fully and contribute to their church community
- Protects them from actual or potential harm
For adults who may be vulnerable, including those suffering domestic abuse ensures that all people feel welcomed, respected and safe from abuse encourages those who may be vulnerable:
- to lead as independent a life as possible,
- to choose how to lead their life, and
- to be active contributors to the church community protects those who may be vulnerable from actual or potential harm.
For all people
- enables and encourages concerns to be raised and responded to openly and consistently
- offers support and care for those suffering, or who have suffered, from any form of abuse
- promotes respect, and the value of each person as a child of God
We are therefore committed to best practice according to the national policies and guidelines of the Church of England and House of Bishops Safeguarding Policy in the protection of children and vulnerable people; in the recruitment, training and supervision of all who exercise a pastoral ministry; and in responding to any allegations or complaints.
This policy is reviewed each year by the Parochial Church Council and re-affirmed at the Annual Meeting.