Contact us: St. Margaret's Church Church Lane, Alderton NN12 7LP email us
Rector Andrea Watkins Phone: 01604 857619 Address: The Rectory, 37 High Street, Blisworth, Northants NN7 3BJ
Curate Sue Cooper Phone: 01604 764243 Address: The New Rectory, Barn Corner, Collingtree, Northampton NN4 0NF
Church Warden Amanda Jane Selvey Phone: 01327 811380

SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN AND VULNERABLE ADULTS POLICY

The Parochial Church Council (PCC) takes seriously its responsibility to protect and safeguard the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. Our six overarching safeguarding policy commitments are:

1. Promoting a safer environment and culture

We will strive to create and maintain environments that are safer for all, that promote well-being, that prevent abuse, and that create nurturing, caring conditions within the Church for children, young people and vulnerable adults. Our Church Officers will respect all children, young people and vulnerable adults and promote their well-being.

2. Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children and vulnerable adults within the Church

We will select and vet all those with any responsibility related to children, young people and vulnerable adults within the Church, in accordance with the House of Bishops safeguarding policy and practice guidance. We will train and equip Church Officers to have the confidence and skills they need to care and support children, young people and vulnerable adults and to recognise and respond to abuse.

3. Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation

Anyone who brings any safeguarding suspicion, concern, knowledge or allegation of current or non-current abuse to the notice of the Church will be responded to respectfully and in a timely manner, in line with statutory child and adult safeguarding procedures and the House of Bishops safeguarding policy and practice guidance.

4. Caring pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse and other affected persons

We will endeavour to offer care and support to all those that have been abused, regardless of the type of abuse, when or where it occurred. Those who have suffered abuse within the Church will receive a compassionate response, be listened to and be taken seriously

5. Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns or allegations of abuse and other affected persons

The Church in exercising its responsibilities to suspicions, concerns, knowledge or allegations of abuse will endeavour to respect the rights under criminal, civil and ecclesiastical law of an accused Church Officer including the clergy. A legal presumption of innocence will be maintained during the statutory and Church inquiry processes. The Church will take responsibility for ensuring that steps are taken to protect others when any Church Officer is considered a risk to children, young people and vulnerable adults.

6. Responding to those that may pose a present risk to others

The Church, based on the message of the gospel, opens its doors to all. We will therefore endeavour to offer pastoral care and support to any member of the church community whom may present a known risk. The Church will ensure that any risk has been assessed and is being managed in a safeguarding agreement in accordance with House of Bishops policy and practice guidance.

 

Click on the link to read in full St. Margaret’s Church’s  Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults Policy and Procedure

 

WHO TO CONTACT WHERE THERE IS WORRY ABOUT A CHILD OR ADULT

Rector – Reverend Andrea Watkins: 01604 857619

Benefice Safeguarding Officer – Mrs Hilary Spurrier: 01604 859181

Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers – Beverley Huff & Sam Suddery: 01733 88700 (Email: bev.huf@peterborough-diocese.org.uk or Sam.suddery@peterborough-diocese.org.uk)

If a child or adult is in serious danger, then phone 999 / 101

In the event of any other safeguarding concern then please contact the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) for this area:

Northants MASH: 01604 626938

Other useful numbers:

Childline: 0800 1111

NSPCC: 0808 800 5000

National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247

Samaritans Helpline: 08457 90 90 90

Churches Child Protection Advisory Service 0303 003 11 11 11