The PCC recognises the importance of its ministry with children and young people and its responsibility to protect and safeguard the welfare of children and young people entrusted to the church’s care. The welfare of the child is always paramount. The PCC recognises the need to provide a safe and caring environment for children and young people. It also recognises that children and young people can be the victims of physical, sexual and emotional abuse, and neglect. The PCC is committed to offering pastoral care and support to those attending the church who have been affected by abuse (with the assistance of the Diocesan Director of Safeguarding and Inclusion, if necessary). The PCC has therefore adopted a Child Protection Policy, based on detailed procedures laid out in the Winchester Diocese Child Protection Manual dated July 2013. The policy was first approved by the PCC on
21 May 2014. It was reviewed, updated and re-approved in July 2015*. A copy is available in each church, in the Parish Office, and on request.
The Child Protection policy sets out definitions of abuse (physical, emotional, sexual abuse, neglect and bullying and harassment) and indicators signs and symptoms of abuse, and exmplains how to respond to allegations of abuse.
The PCC will ensure all those who work with children in the Church will be appointed, trained, supported and supervised appropriately, and the policy sets out how this will be undertaken. Decisions as to whether or not a particular person should be appointed to work with children or young people will be taken by the Safeguarding Officer, the Lead contact for Children’s work and the Incumbent. The outcome will be reported to PCC.
The policy makes clear that when someone attending the church or wishing to join the church is known to have abused children, the Diocesan Director of Safeguarding will work with the PCC to ensure an appropriate Agreement is put in place (to supervise the individual concerned and offer pastoral care The Agreement will detail the conditions under which the person may attend the church.
The policy sets out good practice in the following areas:
- Responding to a child wanting to talk about abuse
- Making notes
- Guidelines for Discipline
- Camps / Residential Activities / Off site activities
- Storage and use of information / images of Children
- Use of internet and email
- Transporting children
The policy also sets out where the more detailed diocesan procedures referenced can be found. A copy of the diocesan manual is available in the Church Office, and is also available on-line www.winchester.anglican.org/safeguarding/
The PCC has appointed a Safeguarding Officer, will receive regular reports on safeguarding, and will review the Child Protection Policy at least annually.
Diocesan Director for Safeguarding and Inclusion 07921 865374
Parish Safeguarding Officer: Karen Piggott firstname.lastname@example.org 07789 761803
Incumbent: Revd Peter Dockree email@example.com
* minor amendments subsequently confirmed by Standing Committee
Revised: August 2015