Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. National guidelines state that all organisations that work with children, young people and vulnerable adults share a commitment to safeguard and promote their welfare. Everyone in the church community has a responsibility to ensure there is a welcome for all people and a responsibility for the safety, well being and protection of others.
We follow safer recruitment procedure to carefully select and train all those within the church who lead or care pastorally for children, young people and vulnerable adults, including the use of criminal records disclosures and registration with the relevant vetting and barring schemes.
We will respond to every complaint made which suggests that a child, young person or vulnerable adult may have been harmed, co-operating with the Police and local authority in any investigation.
We will seek to work with anyone who has suffered abuse, developing with him or her an appropriate ministry of informed pastoral care