Holy Trinity Church
Introductory statement and guiding principles.
The safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults is an integral part of the life of the church, set out clearly in legislation, and is everybody’s responsibility. As a parish, we aim to provide the safest possible environment to enable our children to grow and flourish, and all adults to feel safe and welcome. In respecting the dignity and value of every person, we are committed to;
- the care, nurture of and respectful pastoral ministry with all children and adults;
- the safeguarding and protection of all children, young people and adults who may be at risk;
- establishing safe, caring communities which provide a loving environment where there is a culture of ‘informed vigilance’ and action in safeguarding matters.
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 with children or vulnerable adults.
We will respond without delay to concerns or allegations that a child or vulnerable adult may have been harmed, cooperating fully in any investigation.
We will challenge any abuse of power by anyone in a position of trust.
We will seek to offer pastoral care to anyone who has suffered abuse.
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.
In order to implement this policy, we will;
- Provide pastoral care which is respectful and informed
- Provide timely safeguarding actions
- Respect confidentiality
- Identify and manage risk
- Discharge our duties at the highest level of Christian behaviour
- Actively commit to the promotion of a safe church community
We accept in full the Blackburn Diocese Safeguarding policy, which can be found on the church website, and the Diocesan code of working practice, which has been circulated to all persons working with children and vulnerable adults in this church.
Copies of “Safeguarding in the Diocese of Blackburn” and the parish safeguarding handbook can be found in the Church Warden’s file in the choir vestry.
The PCC shall review this policy annually at the first PCC meeting following the APCM.
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Please find Links to our safeguarding policies below
The original of this document is signed and stored in the church archives.