In accord­ance with the House of Bish­ops’ Policy State­ments ‘Pro­mot­ing a Safer Church’ (2017) and ‘Pro­tect­ing All God’s Chil­dren’ (2010) and the Dio­cesan Safe­guard­ing Policy ‘Pro­mot­ing a Safer Dio­cese’ (2018) our church is com­mit­ted to:

Safeguarding

Every per­son has a value and dig­nity which comes dir­ectly from the cre­ation of male and
 female in God’s own image and like­ness. Chris­ti­ans see this poten­tial as ful­filled by God’s re-creation of us in Christ. This implies a duty to value all people as bear­ing the image of God and there­fore to pro­tect them from harm.

  • We accept and endorse the prin­ciples set out in ‘Safe­guard­ing in the Dio­cese of London’.
  • We com­mit ourselves to nur­ture, pro­tect and safe­guard all our mem­bers, par­tic­u­larly chil­dren, young people and vul­ner­able adults.
  • We recog­nise that safe­guard­ing is the respons­ib­il­ity of the whole church community.
  • We under­take to exer­cise proper care in the selec­tion, appoint­ment, train­ing and sup­port of those work­ing in both paid and vol­un­tary pos­i­tions with chil­dren or vul­ner­able adults, includ­ing the use of Dis­clos­ure and Bar­ring Ser­vice (DBS) dis­clos­ures and mak­ing appro­pri­ate refer­rals to the Dis­clos­ure and Bar­ring Service.
  • We will respond without delay to con­cerns or alleg­a­tions that a child or vul­ner­able adult may have been harmed, co-operating with the police and social care ser­vices in any investigation.
  • We will chal­lenge any abuse of power by any­one in a pos­i­tion of trust.
  • We will seek to offer pas­toral care and sup­port to any­one who has suffered abuse, devel­op­ing with them appro­pri­ate pas­toral support.
  • We will seek to offer pas­toral care and sup­port, includ­ing super­vi­sion and refer­ral to the proper author­it­ies, to any mem­ber of our church com­munity known to have offen­ded against a child, young per­son or vul­ner­able adult.

The PCC of this Par­ish agreed and adop­ted the above Policy at its meet­ing on 30th April, 2019.We have appoin­ted Susan Jones as our Church Safe­guard­ing Officer. Cop­ies of ‘Safe­guard­ing in the Dio­cese of Lon­don’ and any par­ish guidelines and pro­ced­ures are held in the Par­ish Office. The PCC shall review this policy annu­ally. The next review will take place at the first PCC meet­ing fol­low­ing the APCM to be held in April, 2020.

Fur­ther guid­ance can be found in the National Church’s Safe­guard­ing Policies and Prac­tice Guid­ance.

The National Church’s Par­ish Safe­guard­ing Hand­book provides fur­ther advice on respond­ing to concerns.

 

SAFEGUARDING CONTACTS

The PCC has appoin­ted Susan Jones as our Church Safe­guard­ing Officer.

Our Safe­guard­ing Officer is the first per­son to speak to if you have any con­cerns around the wel­fare of a child or vul­ner­able adult.

Safe­guard­ing Officer
Susan Jones
safeguarding@holyredeemerclerkenwell.com
020 7837 1861

 

Other key con­tact details 

Lon­don Dio­cesan Safe­guard­ing Officer: 020 7932 122

 

Altern­at­ive con­tact details

NSPCC:  0808 800 5000

CHILDLINE: 0800 1111

STOP IT NOW: 0808 1000 900

NAPAC: 0808 801 0331

SAMARITANS: 116 123

FAMILY LIVES: 0808 800 2222

NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HELPLINE: 0808 2000 247

ACTION ON ELDER ABUSE: 080 8808 8141