Child Protection and Safeguarding of Children and Vulnerable Adults
Safeguarding the welfare of both children and vulnerable adults who come into contact with the church is a vitally important part of ministry.
The PCCs have appointed:
Monica Swann & Christopher Harding (St Mary) and
Mrs Caroline Harding (St Giles)
as the Parish Safeguarding officers.
They are responsible with the Priest in Charge for making sure that policies and procedures are followed to ensure that children and vulnerable adults are cared for properly. As part of this they manage the recruitment of volunteers, including obtaining Disclosure and Barring Service clearance.
Volunteering to work with children and young people
It is important that we know a little bit about those who volunteer to work with children and young people in St Mary and St Giles, so we ask that volunteers complete an application form and declaration form, and to apply for DBS clearance.
Advice and Guidance
For a summary of what to do if you have a concern, please see our Safeguarding Flow Chart document.
The PCCs have committed to, and adopted, the Church of England's Safeguarding Policy Statement -
"Promoting a Safer Church".
They have also adopted the model Safeguarding Policy for Parishes.
You can access both documents below or to the right:
Safeguarding policy statement
Parish Safeguarding Policy
To record a safeguarding issue, please contact one of the Parish Safeguarding Representatives: