Safeguarding

We take the safeguarding and care of children and vulnerable adults very seriously within the Benefice of Godstone and Blindley Heath. Our Parish Safeguarding Officers can be contacted as below: 

Rev Peter O'Connell on 01883 741945.

Jane Moss on 01342 892502

Annabelle Askew on 07732 335193

Louise Case on 01883 740182

or one of our churchwardens who is not also a safeguarding officer:

Doug Randall on 01883 742751

Frank Moss on 01342 892502

Information about where to get help with child and adult safeguarding issues (local authority Children and Adults Services details & key helplines):

  • 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: 116 123 (open 24 hours). Phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to.
  • Action on Elder Abuse Helpline: 080 8808 8141 ( free phone Monday to Friday 9-5pm).

 

Diocesan Safeguarding Team contact numbers

  • Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, Kate Singleton kate.singleton@southwark.anglican.org 020 7939 9423 Mobile 07982 279713 (for urgent matters out of hours)
  • Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers, Marie Daly and Louise Vernon
  • Marie Daly marie.daly@southwark.anglican.org 020 7939 9441 Mobile 07946 255295
  • Louise Vernon louise.vernon@southwark.anglican.org 020 7939 9462 Mobile 07946 255622

A link to the current edition of A Safe Church:
https://southwark.anglican.org/safeguarding/diocesan-policies-and-procedures

 

Our policies are below.

United Benefice of Godstone and Blindley Heath

Policy for Safeguarding Children

 

We are committed to promoting and supporting environments which:

  • are youth-friendly and child-friendly and nurture their positive
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  • enable children and young people to be active contributors to the

church community

  • protect children and young people from actual or potential harm
  • enable and encourage concerns to be raised and responded to openly and consistently.

We recognise that:

  • the welfare of the child or young person is paramount
  • all children (regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity) have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse
  • abuse of children can occur in all communities and is most likely to occur within families and by people known to the child
  • working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare.

We will endeavour to safeguard children and young people by:

In all our activities -

  • valuing, listening to and respecting children and young people
  • fostering and encouraging best practice by setting standards for working with children and young people, in co-operation with statutory bodies, voluntary agencies and other faith communities

In our recruitment of paid staff and volunteers, following Diocesan procedures in -

  • ensuring careful selection and recruitment of ordained and lay ministers as appropriate, voluntary workers, and paid workers with children and young people, in line with safer recruitment principles and checks
  • providing supervision, support and training

In our publicity -

  • sharing information about good safeguarding practice with children, parents, and all those working with them

When concerns are raised, following Diocesan procedures in -

  • responding without delay to every concern raised that a child or young person may have been harmed, or be at risk from harm; or about the behaviour of an adult or child
  • working with the diocese and appropriate statutory bodies during an investigation into child abuse, including when allegations are made against a member of the church community
  • challenging any abuse of power, especially by anyone in a position of trust

In our care -

  • ensuring that informed and appropriate pastoral care is offered to any child, young person or adult who has suffered abuse
  • ensuring that appropriate pastoral care is offered to any member of our church community against whom an allegation is made

 

In our supervision, following Diocesan procedures in -

  • ensuring, in partnership with the diocese and other agencies, that care and supervision is provided for any member of our church community known to have offended against a child or young person, or to pose a risk to them.

We are committed to reviewing our policy and procedures annually.

Policy approved by the Parochial Church Council on 24th April 2019

 

 

United Benefice of Godstone and Blindley Heath

Policy for Safeguarding Adults who may be vulnerable

 

We are committed to promoting and supporting environments which:

  • ensure that all people feel welcomed, respected and safe from abuse 
  • encourage adults who may be vulnerable to lead as independent a life as possible, to choose how to lead their life, and to be active contributors to the church community
  • protect adults who may be vulnerable from actual or potential harm
  • enable and encourage concerns to be raised and responded to openly and consistently.

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
  • all adults who may be vulnerable (regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity) have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse
  • abuse of adults who may be vulnerable can occur in all communities and is most likely to occur within families and by people known to them
  • working in partnership with adults who may be vulnerable, their carers and other agencies is essential in promoting their welfare.

We will endeavour to safeguard adults who may be vulnerable by:

In all our activities -

  • valuing, listening to and respecting adults who may be vulnerable
  • fostering and encouraging best practice by setting standards for working with adults who may be vulnerable, and boundaries for acceptable behaviour, in co-operation with statutory bodies, voluntary agencies and other faith communities

In our recruitment of paid staff and volunteers, following Diocesan procedures in -

  • ensuring careful selection and recruitment of ordained and lay ministers as appropriate, voluntary workers, and paid workers with adults who may be vulnerable, in line with safer recruitment principles and checks
  • providing supervision, support and training

In our publicity -

  • sharing information about good safeguarding practice with adults who may be vulnerable, their carers, and all those working with them

When concerns are raised, following Diocesan procedures in -

  • responding without delay to every concern raised that a adult who may be vulnerable may have been harmed, or be at risk from harm, through abuse, harassment or bullying; or about the behaviour of an adult or child
  • working with the diocese and the appropriate statutory bodies during an investigation into abuse, including when allegations are made against a member of the church community
  • challenging any abuse of power, especially by anyone in a position of trust

In our care -

  • ensuring that informed and appropriate pastoral care is offered to any vulnerable adult who has suffered abuse, including support to make a complaint if so desired
  • ensuring that appropriate pastoral care is offered to any member of our church community against whom an allegation is made

In our supervision, following Diocesan procedures in -

  • ensuring, in partnership with the diocese and other agencies, that care and supervision is provided for any member of our church community known to have offended against a vulnerable adult, or to pose a risk to them.

We are committed to reviewing our policy and procedures annually.

Policy approved by the Parochial Church Council on 24th April 2019

 

 


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