I have been appointed by Fr George as Local Safeguarding Officer for our Parish and am responsible to the Archdiocesan Safeguarding Officer, Mrs Helen Hallam to whom I report and through whom I arrange for Disclosure and Checking Service (DBS) checks to be carried out where necessary though so far these have been restricted to our clergy and subdeacons (including myself) but would be extended to include anyone who in the future begins work with children or vulnerable adults in our church (i.e. if we had a Sunday school). Although at present (apart from children serving in the vestry) no such formal work is undertaken there could be issues that are of concern to you; if so please raise the matter either directly with me or, in my absence, with Fr George.

The following statement has been adopted by our Archdiocese and forms part of the Archiocesan Safeguarding Policy, a copy of which can be provided for you to read should wish:

The Archdiocese recognises the importance of its ministry and work with children and young people and adults in need of protection and its responsibility to protect everyone entrusted to our care.

This community is committed to the safeguarding of children and adults who have care and support needs thereby ensuring their well-being.

Specifically:

  • We recognise that we all have a responsibility to help prevent the physical, sexual, emotinal abuse and neglect of children and young people (those under 18 years of age) and to report any such abuse that we discover or suspect.
  •  We believe every child chould be valued, safe and happy. We want to make sure that children we have contact with know this and are empowered to tell us if they are suffering harm.
  •  All children and young people have the right to be treated with respect, to be listened to and to be protected from all forms of abuse.
  •  We recognise that we all have a responsibility to help prevent the physical, sexual, psychological, financial and discriminatory abuse and neglect of adults who have care and support needs and to report any such abuse that we discover or suspect.
  • We recognise the personal dignity and rights of adults who find themselves victims of forced marriage or modern slavery and will ensure all policies and procedures reflect this.
  •  We believe all adults should enjoy and have access to every aspect of life of the place of worship/organisation unless they pose a risk to the safety  of those we serve.
  •  We undertake to exercise proper care in the appointment and selection of all those who will work with children and adults with care and support needs.

Subdeacon James

Local Safeguarding Officer