SAFEGUARDING

The United Benefice of
Aston Clinton with Buckland and Drayton Beauchamp

 

SAFEGUARDING POLICY

 

PROMOTING A SAFER CHURCH

In accordance with the Church of England Safeguarding Policy,
our churches are 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.

Each Parish will:

•   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 front page of 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 Team 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.

•   Inform the Diocesan Safeguarding Team if we use an alternative DBS Umbrella
  Body to APCS and if we receive any DBS Disclosures that are not clear.

•   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.

St. Michael and All Angels, Aston Clinton appoints Mrs. Tilla Adam
as the Parish Safeguarding Officer. Tel 01296 623239

For All Saints’, Buckland and St. Mary the Virgin, Drayton Beauchamp please contact Rev'd. Sally Bottomer on 01296 632488.