The Parochial Church Council (PCC) of All Saints Bracebridge takes seriously its responsibility to protect and safeguard the welfare of children and vulnerable adults.
This Safeguarding Statement applies to all who make up the church ‘workforce’ which includes all clergy, holders of Bishop’s licence or permission, those commissioned or authorised by the Bishop, those, paid or unpaid, who hold positions of responsibility in a parish and work with children or vulnerable adults, and those with representational parish ministry, for example; churchwarden, organist, server & choir members
For the purposes of this document the term ‘Parish’ is used to denote the PCC and Incumbent who are together responsible for ensuring that diocesan safeguarding policies and procedures are implemented.
For the purposes of this document a child is anyone under the age of eighteen years.
The All Saints Bracebridge PCC has adopted the Diocese of Lincoln Safeguarding Policy.
Statement of Commitment
The PCC will develop a safeguarding culture that:
Creates an environment where there is awareness and vigilance about the signs, symptoms and impacts of abuse.
Enables and encourages all concerns or allegations to be raised in order to protect children and adults from harm.
Ensures all those who work or volunteer on behalf of the church with children and adults achieve the standards required by this policy.
Holds to account those in the church community who disregard the safety and well-being of children and adults.
To bring this about we will:
Formally adopt and anually review our Safeguarding Policy.
Invite our Safeguarding Officers to report at regualar PCC meetings as well as at the Annual Meeting.
Ensure that all those authorised to work with children and vulnerable adults are appropriately recruited according to safer recruitment practice and are adequately supported.
Ensure that all those authorised to work with children and vulnerable adults are trained appropriately for their roles, including Diocesan Safeguarding Training.
Provide appropriate insurance cover for all activities undertaken in the name of the church, which involve children or vulnerable adults.
Ensure that an Activity Plan and Risk Assessment is completed and reviewed (at least once a year) for each activity, which is associated with either children or vulnerable adults and run in the name of the church.
Comply with Data Protection Principles – specifically with reference to storing information about the ‘church workforce’, including volunteers, who have completed a confidential declaration and/or undergone DBS checks and for Safeguarding Agreements of offenders and others who may pose a risk.
Parish Safeguarding Officers
June Austin Safeguarding@allsaintsbracebridge.co.uk
Rev Andrew Jackson-Parr Vicar@allsaintsbracebridge.co.uk
Diocesan Safeguarding Team
Contact Details: 01522 504080 https://www.lincoln.anglican.org/safeguarding-team or email: Safeguarding@lincoln.anglican.org
Please remember that if you have a serious concern about a child or adult at risk you should contact the Police or the local authority safeguarding team in your area. Please note: you do not need to speak to the diocesan safeguarding team first if the matter is urgent.
Local Police: 101
Childline: 0800 1111
NSPCC: 0808 500 8000
Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 200 0247
MACSAS (Ministers and clergy sexual abuse survivors): www.macsas.org.uk
Mencap Learning Disability Helpline: 0808 808 1111
VOICE UK (For people with learning disabilities who have experienced crime or abuse): 0808 802 8686
StopItNow! (For anyone who may need help preventing abuse, even in themselves): 0808 100 0900
Women’s Aid (Seeking to end domestic violence against women and girls): www.womensaid.org.uk
Samaritans: 08457 909090