St. John the Evangelist Newbury Parish Safeguarding Policy.
This policy was agreed at the PCC meeting held on Thursday 2nd May 2019 and will be reviewed annually.
1 We are committed to:The care, nurture of, and respectful pastoral ministry with, all children and all adults.
The safeguarding and protection of all children, young people and adults when they are vulnerable.
The establishment of safe, caring communities which provide a loving environment where there is a culture of â€˜informed vigilanceâ€™ as to the dangers of abuse.
2 We will carefully select and train all those with any responsibility within the Church, in line with safer recruitment principles, including the use of Criminal Records disclosures.
3 We will respond without delay to every complaint made which suggests that an adult, child or young person may have been harmed, co-operating with the police and local authority in any investigation and we will have a clear reporting procedure in place.
4 We will seek to work with anyone who has suffered abuse, developing with him or her, an appropriate ministry of informed pastoral care.
5 We will seek to challenge any abuse of power, especially by anyone in a position of trust.
6 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 vulnerable adult.
7 In all these principles we will follow statute, guidance and recognised good practice.
8 We will advise the Diocese of any changes to the Registered Body we use, to process applications for Criminal Records Bureau Disclosures.
9 We will advise the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser if we receive a Disclosure which is â€˜blemishedâ€™ or â€˜positiveâ€™.
10 We will review this policy annually, check that our policies are up to date, and supply a copy of the updated policy statement to the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser.
11 DBS Disclosures should be renewed every five years for those in the same roll.