PCC Safeguarding policy statement

Parish of St Peter’s Barge

Every person has a value and dignity which comes directly from the creation of male and female in God’s own image and likeness. Christians see this potential as fulfilled by God’s re-creation of us in Christ. Among other things this implies a duty to value all people as bearing the image of God and therefore to protect them from harm.

  • The Church Council has adopted the House of Bishops’ Policy Statements ‘Promoting a Safer Church’ (2017) and ‘Protecting All God’s Children’ (2010) and the Diocesan Safeguarding Policy ‘Promoting a Safer Diocese’ (2018)
  • We commit ourselves to nurture, protect and safeguard all our members, particularly children, young people and adults at risk.
  • We recognise that safeguarding is the responsibility of the whole church community.
  • We undertake to exercise proper care in the selection, appointment, training and support of those working in a paid or voluntary position with children or adults at risk, including the use of Criminal Records disclosures and making appropriate referrals to the Independent Safeguarding Authority.
  • We will respond without delay to concerns or allegations that a child or adult at risk may have been harmed, cooperating with the police and social care services in any investigation.
  • We will challenge any abuse of power by anyone in a position of trust.
  • We will seek to offer pastoral care and support to anyone who has suffered abuse, developing with them an appropriate healing ministry.
  • We will seek to offer pastoral care and support, including supervision and referral to the proper authorities, to any member of our church community known to have offended against a child, young person or adult at risk.

The PCC of this Church agreed and adopted the above Policy at its meeting on 13th May 2019.

We have appointed Fiona Robb & Yulian Margaretha as our Church Safeguarding Officer(s). You can contact them on: safeguarding@stpetersbarge.org

Copies of the Parish’s Safeguarding Children and Young People’s policy and Safeguarding Adults at Risk policy are held by Jing Gou in the church office.

The PCC shall review this policy annually.  The next review will take place in May 2020

Important telephone numbers:
Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers: 020 7932 1224 or Diocesan Safeguarding team
Thirtyone:Eight 24 hour helpline: 0303 003 1111
Family Lives: 0808 800 222 (Previously Parentline)/Childline: 0800 1111