Safeguarding

 

The Parish of St Simon, Southsea

SAFEGUARDING POLICY

PROMOTING A SAFER CHURCH

 

 

At the PCC meeting held on 20th May 2019 the PCC adopted the Church of England ‘Promoting a Safer Church’ Policy Statement. This policy statement actively underpins all safeguarding work within the church.

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: 

  • Adopt and implement the House of Bishop's safeguarding policy and practice guidance.
  • Create a safe and caring place for all.
  • Have a named Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO) 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 Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA) 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 Vicky Bell as the Parish Safeguarding Officer

Email:  safeguarding@stsimons-southsea.org.uk

Tel:  07305 968 371

The persons responsible for DBS applications are Vicky Bell and Mick Walters.

If you have a safeguarding concern please contact Vicky Bell.

Email:  safeguarding@stsimons-southsea.org.uk              

Tel:  07305 968 371

If you are unable to contact Vicky, and your concern is urgent, then please contact the Portsmouth Diocesan Safeguarding Team on 023 9289 9677 during office hours, or their mobile 07544 566 850


If it is an emergency situation, please phone 999.