Promoting a Safer Church Parish Policy Statement
The Parochial Church Council of Birmingham Parish Church (St Martin in the Bull Ring) agreed to adopt all of the House of Bishop’s safeguarding policy and practice guidance and The Church of England – Birmingham’s procedures for their implementation on 24th May 2021
All forms of abuse are wrong and must stop.
The care and protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults involved in Church activities is the responsibility of the whole Church. Everyone who participates in the life of the Church has a role to play in promoting a safer Church for all.
1. Promoting a safer environment and culture
2. Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children and vulnerable adults within the Church
3. Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation
4. Caring pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse and other affected persons
5. Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns or allegations of abuse and other affected persons
6. Responding to those that may pose a present risk to others
We will implement good safeguarding practice by ensuring:
– the welfare of the child, young person and vulnerable adult is paramount;
– a leadership commitment, at all levels, to the importance of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults;
– our safeguarding policy is available to all church officers;
– a clear line of accountability within our church for work on safeguarding;
– clear reporting procedures to deal with safeguarding concerns and allegations;
– we report all concerns and allegations against church officers to the Bishop’s Safeguarding Adviser and statutory agencies;
– clear roles for church officers;
– we have clear arrangements for support and/or supervision of church officers;
– all church officers working with or in contact with children, young people and/or vulnerable adults attend diocesan safeguarding training;
– our practice and services are informed by on- going learning, review and by the views of children, young people, families and vulnerable adults;
– safer recruitment procedures are in place;
– effective working with statutory and voluntary sector partners;
– we have publicly advertised arrangements for children, young people and vulnerable adults to be able to speak to an independent person, as required;
– our complaints and whistleblowing procedures are well publicised;
– effective information sharing;
– good record keeping.
If you have any concerns or need to talk to someone please contact:
Helen Atsou via 0121 600 6020
or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org marked
“Safeguarding – Confidential”
or Rev Jeremy Allcock, Rector, via 0121 600 6020 Ext 331 or email to email@example.com
marked “Safeguarding – Confidential”
If you cannot contact the person above and someone is being harmed or is not safe and needs immediate help, dial 999, or contact social care services, or, for a child, the NSPCC helpline 0808 800 5000
Other useful contacts:
|Bishop’s Safeguarding Adviser||07342 993 844|
|Family Lives Helpline||0808 800 2222|
|Elder Abuse||0808 808 8141|
|Domestic Violence Helpline||0808 2000 247|
|Men’s Domestic Violence Helpline||0808 801 0327|
|LGBT Domestic Violence Helpline||0300 999 5428|
|National Association of People Abused in Childhood||0800 085 3330|
|Stop It Now! Helpline||0808 1000 900|
|Local Authority Children’s Social Care Services: 0121 303 1888 (Birmingham) 0121 569 3100 (Sandwell) 0121 788 4333 (Solihull) 0800 1313 126 (Staffordshire) 01926 414144 (Warwickshire) 01905 822666 (Worcestershire)||Local Authority Adult Social Care Services: 0121 303 1234 (Birmingham) 0121 569 2266 (Sandwell) 0121 704 8007 (Solihull) 0345 604 2719 (Staffordshire) 01926 412080 (Warwickshire) 01905 768053 (Worcestershire)|
SAFEGUARDING POLICY – PROMOTING A SAFER CHURCH
The following policy was agreed at the Parochial Church Council (PCC) meeting held on 22 September 2020
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 Co-ordinator (PSC) 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 Bishop’s Safeguarding Adviser (BSA) 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.
This church appoints Helen Atsou as the Parish Safeguarding Co-ordinator
Incumbent: Jeremy Allcock Churchwarden: Stephen Blair Chappell