Safeguarding at St Marys


Safeguarding at St. Mary’s Church

We understand safeguarding to be an integral part of the life and ministry of our Church. The care and protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults visiting and participating in Church activities is important to us, everyone who participates in the life of the church has a role to play in promoting a safer church for all.

In order to do this:

St. Mary’s Church has adopted and implements the House of Bishops’ Safeguarding Policies:

Promoting a Safer Church safeguarding policy statements for children young people and vulnerable adults:

www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2017-12/PromotingSaferChurchWeb.pdf


loho



We are waiting for the House of Bishops to publish the new Parish Safeguarding Handbook to update our guidelines of safe practice.

Further Church of England Safeguarding policies and guidance can be found at: www.churchofengland.org/more/safeguarding/policy-practice-guidance

St. Mary’s Church is committed to following the current Church of England Safer Recruitment guidance for the appointment of staff and volunteers:

www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2017-11/safeguarding%20safer_recruitment_practice_guidance_2016.pdf

We ensure that those working with children and vulnerable adults have up to date DBS checks, if eligible, and will receive appropriate safeguarding training.

If you have any concerns about either yourself or another person that may be being harmed or is at risk of harm, please contact us straight away. If you are concerned about anybody working or volunteering within the church acting inappropriately we want to know.

If you have concerns about possible abuse (including allegations):

  • In an emergency, call emergency services 999.
  • If you have concerns always contact the Parish Safeguarding Officer who will inform the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser and social services.
  • Keep a record of what happened, your concerns and your actions.

If a child, young person or adult wishes to disclose they have been abused:

  • Do not question or investigate.
  • Do not promise confidentiality; tell them you will need to share the information.
  • Assure them they are not to blame.
  • Tell them what you are going to do and that they will be told what happens.
  • Make careful notes of what is said, record dates, times, events.
  • Report it to the Parish Safeguarding Officer and the Rector.
  • Only tell those who need to know.

Please contact either of the Parish Safeguarding Officers:


s1
Belinda Coghlan
Parish Safeguarding Officer
Children

Tel: 01270 568945


s2
Jo McCauley
Parish Safeguarding Officer
Vulnerable Adults

Tel: 01270 620745


The Diocesan Vulnerability and Safeguarding Adviser is Pauline Butterfield (PG Cert in Behavioural Forensic Psychology, BA (Honours), Dip Social Work)

Pauline is based at Church House, Daresbury – Telephone No. 01928  718834

Safeguarding training here

CONTACTS

Here are the contact details of other agencies that are available to assist either on a

24 hour basis or through specialist helplines and services:

 

Cheshire East

Children’s Services

 

 

Office hours

 

Out of hours

 

 

 0300 123 5012

     

 0300 123 5022

 

Cheshire East

Adult’s Services

 

 

Office hours

 

Out of hours

 

 

0300 123 5010

 

0300123 5022

 

Police

 

Emergency

 

Non urgent

 

999

 

101

 

 

Childline

 

 

24 hour helpline

 

08001111

 

Family Lives

 

 

Mon – Fri 9am – 9pm

Sat – Sun 10am – 3pm

 

 

08088002222

 

NSPCC

 

24 hour helpline

 

08088005000

free phone

 

 

National Domestic Violence

Helpline

 

 

24 hour helpline

 

08082000247

free phone

 

 

Action on Elder Abuse

Helpline

 

 

Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm

 

08088088141

free phone

 

 

Samaritans

 

24 hour helpline

 

 

08457909090

"Know God, Show His Love, Grow His Church."