The clergy and officers of St Matthew’s Church take Safeguarding seriously and are committed to adhering to the Diocesan policies. These policies can be found on the Diocesan website by clicking here.
In accordance with 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) our church is committed to:
• Promoting a safer environment and culture.
• Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children, young people and vulnerable adults within the church.
• Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation.
• Caring pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse and other affected persons.
• Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns or allegations of abuse and other affected persons.
• Responding to those that may pose a present risk to others.
The Parish will:
• Create a safe and caring place for all.
• Have a named Church Safeguarding Officer (CSO) to work with the incumbent and the PCC to implement policy and procedures.
• Safely recruit, train and support all those with any responsibility for children, young people and adults to have the confidence and skills to recognise and respond to abuse.
• Ensure that there is appropriate insurance cover for all activities involving children and adults undertaken in the name of the parish.
• Display in church premises and on the Parish website the details of who to contact if there are safeguarding concerns or support needs.
• Listen to and take seriously all those who disclose abuse.
• Take steps to protect children and adults when a safeguarding concern of any kind arises, following House of Bishops guidance, including notifying the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA) and statutory agencies immediately.
• Offer support to victims/survivors of abuse regardless of the type of abuse, when or where it occurred.
• Care for and monitor any member of the church community who may pose a risk to children and adults whilst maintaining appropriate confidentiality and the safety of all parties.
• Ensure that health and safety policy, procedures and risk assessments are in place and that these are reviewed annually.
• Review the implementation of the Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and Practices at least annually.
As well as the vicar and wardens, St Matthew’s has two Safeguarding Officers – Pam Tetlow and Julie Reynolds. Should you have any concerns about any of our activities please contact one of the Safeguarding Officers (firstname.lastname@example.org), the vicar (email@example.com) or one of the wardens.
Our Children’s Champion is Katherine Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org).
NSPCC for adults concerned about a child 0808 800 5000
Childline for children and young people 0800 1111
Action on Elder Abuse helpline 0808 808 8141
24-hour National Domestic Violence helpline 0808 2000 247
NAPAC offers support and advice to adult survivors of childhood abuse 0808 8010331
Stop It Now helps prevent child sexual abuse 0808 1000 900
Cruse bereavement helpline 0808 808 1677
Family Lives provides support and advice on family issues 0808 800 222
MACSAS for people who have been abused by church officers 0808 801 0340
Samaritans for people struggling to cope and needing someone to talk to 116 123
Sources of support for victims and families of abuse
The Survivors Trust – http://thesurvivorstrust.org
Safeline – www.safeline.org.uk/what-can-friends-and-family-members-do-tosupport-survivors-of-sexual-abuse
SupportLine – www.supportline.org.uk/problems/rape_sexual-assault.php
Victim Support – www.victimsupport.org.uk/crime-info/types-crime/childhood-abuse