Policy Statement for the safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults.
Statement of Values
Saint Mark’s Parochial Church Council (SMPCC) seeks to demonstrate that in all its activities which include children, young people and vulnerable adults:-
1. The welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults will be given first priority.
2. The spiritual welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults will be seen as particularly important.
3. That some children, young people and vulnerable adults may be additionally vulnerable because of the impact of previous experiences, their level of dependency, communication needs or other issues.
4. Well-informed, professional standards of care will be demonstrated
5. The procedures to protect children, young people and vulnerable adults will be open and made clear to all.
6. The welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults will have priority over the interests of the establishment.
This policy statement applies to anyone working on behalf of SMPCC, including Clergy, PCC members, paid staff, volunteers, sessional workers, agency staff and students
This statement was adopted by Saint Mark’s Parochial Church Council at a meeting on 27th June 2019
This policy will be reviewed each year to monitor the progress which has been achieved.
1. We recognise that everyone has different levels of vulnerability and that each of us may be regarded as vulnerable at some time in our lives.
2. As members of this parish we commit ourselves to respectful pastoral care for all children, young people and adults to whom we minister.
3. We commit ourselves to the safeguarding of people of any age who may be vulnerable, ensuring their well-being in the life of the church.
4. We commit ourselves to promoting safe practice by those in positions of trust.
5. The parish commits itself to promoting the inclusion and empowerment of people who may be vulnerable.
6. It is the responsibility of each of us to prevent the physical, emotional, sexual, financial and spiritual abuse, which includes any form of communication both internally and externally, of children, young people and vulnerable people and to report any abuse that we discover or suspect.
7. We undertake to exercise proper care in the appointment and selection of those who will work with people who may be vulnerable.
8. The parish is committed to supporting, resourcing, training and regularly reviewing those who undertake work amongst people who may be vulnerable.
9. The parish adopts the guidelines of the Church of England and the Diocese of Birmingham.
10.Each person who works with children, young people and vulnerable people will agree to abide by these recommendations and the guidelines established by this church.
The Church appoints Jane Davies to recognise the concerns and views of children and young people at our meetings and to outside bodies. Beryl Jones and Gwen Lee to recognise the concerns and views of vulnerable people at our meetings and to outside bodies. We will share our concerns and relevant information with agencies who need to know, and involving children, young people, vulnerable adults, parents, families, carers as appropriate. We have in place effective procedures to deal with any issues as they arise, including a code of conduct for staff and volunteers, procedure to manage allegations against staff and volunteers, a complaints and whistleblowing policy. There are facilities for recording and storing information. We will share information about the safe guarding best practice of children, young people and vulnerable adults with children, their families, staff, volunteers, adult members of the congregation and visitors via leaflets, posters, group work and one to one discussions.
Scope of these commitments.
All activities that take place whether by the church or other organisation within Saint Mark’s Parish Church and Centre. All activities that are undertaken by groups that are linked with Saint Mark’s Church, Kingstanding. Any activities that take place in alternative venues and Saint Mark’s Church has agreed to attend.
Parish Safeguarding Co-ordinator - Mr. Keith Airey
Parish Priest - Fr. Philip Calvert SSC
Church Warden - Mrs. Sheila Chadwick
Church Warden - Mr. John Whitehouse
Date 27th June 2019