Safeguarding Police – Promoting a Safer Church- St Luke and St Peter

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:

  • Create a safe and caring place for all.
  • Have a named Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO) to work with the Priest In Charge 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. They will be advised on the process of a disclosure, should they have a concern, and who that concern needs to be informed during all activities.

This church appoints Buffy Langdown as the Parish Safeguarding Officer

Priest in Charge                                             The Revd Annie McCabe

Churchwardens                                             Mr Tim Rampton (Safeguarding lead)

Mrs Paula Thomas

 

If you have any questions or concerns these contacts may be used.

The St Luke’s Parish Safeguarding Officer may be contacted by emailing office@stlukessouthsea.church

The Church incumbent may be contacted at vicar@stlukessouthsea.church 

 

If you would prefer to speak to someone outside the church

Portsmouth Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor

Ian Berry

Tel:07544566850

Email :ian.berry@portsmouth.anglican.org

 

Should you be unable to get hold of a leader out of hours: The following is a list of contact details of other agencies that are available to assist either on a 24 hr basis or through specialist helplines and services.

  • NSPCC Child Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are worried about a child.
  • Child-line: 0800 1111 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are a child or young person and are worried about anything.
  • National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 ((lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse.
  • Samaritans Helpline: 08457 90 90 90 (open 24 hours). Phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to.

Local Authority Social Care Team Tel no: 023 9283 9111.

Out of hours 0300 555 1373

 

Documents that you may find helpful:

The Church of England ‘Promoting a safer Church: Safeguarding Policy for Children, Young People and Adults’:    –

https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2017-11/cofe-policy-statement.pdf

Parish safeguarding handbook:

https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2019-03/Parish%20Safeguarding%20Handbook%20March%202019.pdf