We take looking after vulnerable people seriously at All Saints. Vulnerable people include both children and vulnerable adults. We do this through our safeguarding officers and our PCC (Trustee Board) who have oversight with the vicar for ensuring that all people at All Saints are safe. If you have any concerns please speak to them or Jonathan Mortimer our vicar.
Who are the safeguarding officers?
What are their roles?
This is the statement from Southwark Diocese regarding the role of safeguarding officers:
- We aim to create safe environments, where children and young people are nurtured and protected; and where all people, and especially those who may be vulnerable for any reason, are able to worship and pursue their faith journey with encouragement and in safety.
- We follow the national legal and procedural framework for safeguarding children and vulnerable adults, and Church of England policy and practice.
- We act promptly on any complaints made, and work in close partnership with police and social care services where children or vulnerable adults have been harmed or are at risk of harm or mistreatment.
- We provide safe recruitment, training and support to our voluntary and paid workers with children and vulnerable adults.
In practice at All Saints this means that we are involved in:
- Ensuring that all activities/groups etc are carried out in accordance with A Safe Church
- Processing the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) forms and checking identification of volunteers and paid workers
- Offering advice and support on variety of issues that the children and young people’s team, and others involved in pastoral care, encounter in their work
- Ensuring that activities are risk assessed by leaders and offering advice when needed
- Providing training to volunteers and paid workers on safeguarding issues
- Dealing with any complaints or allegations
- Referring to and liaising with Local Authority where a child/vulnerable adult has been harmed or is at risk of being harmed
You can click to explore the diocesan guidelines, including “A Safe Church”, which we comply with.
For more information, contact the Church Office on 020 3637 2701 or firstname.lastname@example.org.