PCC SAFEGUARDING POLICY STATEMENT
The Parish of St Peter’s and St Paul’s Tadley and St Luke’s, Pamber Heath.
In accordance with the Church of England Safeguarding Policy our church is 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 Parish will:
Create a safe and caring place for all.
Have a named Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO) to work with the incumbent and the PCC 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 Parish 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.
The PCC of this Parish agreed and adopted the above Policy at its meeting on 6th March 2019.
Each person who works within this church community will agree to abide by this policy and the guidelines established by this Parish.
A full copy of the Church of England's “Parish Safeguarding Handbook - Promoting a safer church” can be found here.
We have appointed Christine Watson as our Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO).
Our PSO is the first person to speak to if you have any concerns around the welfare of a child or adult with vulnerability.
Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO):
Telephone: 0118 9700415 or 07929998036
If you would prefer to speak with someone outside the church
Diocese of Winchester Safeguarding Manager
Telephone: 01962 737317
Further details of contact numbers and support can be found on the Diocese of Winchester website here.
DOMESTIC ABUSE POLICY
The Parish agreed and adopted a domestic abuse policy on 3rd May 2017. A copy can be found here.