Contact us at:
St. Stephen's Church
St. Stephen's Street
Worcester WR3 7HS
Please note that these are all personal phone numbers.
There is no phone in the church.
Reverend Andy Todd
Parish Administrator and Churchwarden
Tel: 01905 863537
Tel: 01905 616427
St Stephen’s PCC takes the safety of everyone within the church very seriously and expects that everyone will work within the church safeguarding policy. In particular, the Church expects anyone who becomes aware of a safeguarding risk or of actual abuse, to immediately report it.
Barbourne St. Stephen Parochial Church Council (PCC) Policy on Safeguarding Children
The Parish of Barbourne St. Stephen
The nominated Parish Children’s Safeguarding Representative can be contacted via the Vicar or Churchwardens
The following policy has been agreed and implemented by the PCC.
1. We are committed to the safeguarding and care of the children within our church community
2. We are aware of and will implement the House of Bishops’ Safeguarding Children Policy Protecting All God’s Children (2004) 4th Edition 2010, and the diocesan policy and procedures. Copies of these can be accessed on the Diocese of Worcester website www.cofe-worcester.org.uk. We will work closely with the Bishop’s Adviser for Child Protection
3. We will ensure that lay ministers, volunteers and paid workers who work with children are carefully selected and trained using the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), amongst other tools, to check the background of each person as outlined in the diocesan procedures. We will expect the Diocese to do likewise in respect of ordained and licensed ministers
4. We will respond without delay to every complaint made that a child for whom we are responsible may have been harmed or is in significant danger, reporting it to the relevant authorities as required
5. We will fully cooperate with statutory agencies during any investigation into allegations concerning a member of the church community. We will inform the statutory agency of any suspected criminal offences or concerns that we are made aware of in respect of our contact with children
6. We will offer informed pastoral care to any child, young person or adult who has suffered abuse and provide them with details of local and national support agencies
7. We will support any member of our church community known to have offended against a child and supervise any contacts they may have with the church, ensuring proper and appropriate preventative safeguards are in place
8. We will review this policy annually and, as part of this, check that all our procedures and activities involving children, including the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) process and checks, are up to date
9. We will review our insurance policy for those working with children ensuring we adopt the advice in the House of Bishops’ Policy www.cofe-worcester.org.uk
10. A copy of this Policy will be displayed on the Parish Notice Board
The PCC has identified the following activities involving children and young people to which the House of Bishops Policy applies as follows. These and the persons named, who are responsible for implementing this policy for their area of activity on behalf of the PCC, may change during the year. Churchwardens can provide up to date information if required.
1. Junior Church for 4-11 year olds meets in the Church Hall weekly during morning service. The person responsible is Lucy Walmsley
2. First Steps Creche for 1-4 year olds meets in the Church hall with Junior Church weekly. The person responsible is Lucy Walmsley
3. Little Stars is a mother and baby/toddler group that meets weekly, every Thursday in term time, in the Church. The person responsible is Viv Todd
4. Choir weekly practice and Church services. The person responsible is the Musical Director
5. Serving team on ad hoc occasions. The person responsible is Geoff Kington
6. Bellringers -the person responsible is Beryl Thorp or Sue Kington
7. Social activities including functions in the Church Hall for all users other than private family functions such as children’s birthday parties
This Policy was updated and agreed at the PCC meeting held on December 1st 2016
We the PCC agree to review and update this policy annually. Signed by:
PCC Chair/Curate in charge
Church warden: Judy Hood
Children’s Safeguarding Representative: Carol Amos
Parish Church of Barbourne St Stephen
Policy for Safeguarding Adults who may be vulnerable
This policy is based on the Diocesan Policy for Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults and the document ‘Promoting a Safe Church’ – Church of England Model Policy for Safeguarding Adults - 2006. Other relevant policies include ‘Responding Well to those who have been sexually abused -2011’ and ‘Responding to domestic abuse - 2006’. It also takes account of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012, the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 and the Care Act 2014. The parish does not appoint any volunteers or paid staff to roles that involve Regulated Activity as defined in the legislation above.
We are committed to promoting and supporting environments that
possible, to choose how to lead their life, and to be active contributors to
the church community
We recognise that
regarded as vulnerable at some time in our lives
heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity) have the right to
equal protection from all types of harm or abuse
most likely to occur within families and by people known to them
other agencies is essential in promoting their welfare.
We will endeavour to safeguard adults who may be vulnerable by:
adults who may be vulnerable, and boundaries for acceptable behaviour, in
co-operation with statutory bodies, voluntary agencies and other faith
appropriate, voluntary workers, and paid workers with adults who may be
vulnerable, in line with safer recruitment principles and checks
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
investigation into abuse, including when allegations are made against a
member of the church community
vulnerable adult who has suffered abuse (which includes non-recent abuse), and includes support to make a complaint if so desired
church community against whom an allegation is made
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 will ensure that
This policy applies to all church activities where members of the church regularly come into contact with adults who are vulnerable. These include:
We are committed to reviewing our policy annually
This Policy was updated and approved by the PCC on December 1st 2016. Signed by:
PCC Chair/Curate in charge
Church warden: Judy Hood
Vulnerable Adults Safeguarding Representative: Carol Amos
An Important Message from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York
23 March 2018
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
“so, Jesus got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him…” (John ch. 13 v. 4) We are writing to you to ask for your prayers as Holy Week begins and as the Independent Inquiry on Child Sexual Abuse has finished its hearing into matters in the Diocese of Chichester. Please will you pray this Holy Week especially for all those involved, and for all affected by safeguarding issues.
We want to emphasise the crucial importance for the Church of England to be a safe place for all who join in the worship of the living God, in God’s mission, and in ministry. Clearly, we need to hear what the Inquiry will say when they issue their report, but, we are convinced that there is much we are doing and much we can do better about safeguarding. Thank you for all that you do. As the Archbishop of Canterbury said last week at the hearing, the vast majority of our parishes are safe places and many thousands of people, mainly volunteers, are working hard to ensure church issafe and understand the need for training, good record keeping and are committed to having policies and practices in place and kept under review.
The heart of the Church is in the parishes and other local congregations and we are very grateful to all of you who are working so diligently, right across the Church of England. The work of clergy is very demanding. We give thanks and pray for all of you and for all you do, as we move through this week called Holy. At this season we will welcome many new people and occasional visitors. May we ask you all to consider how we ensure a safe and joyful welcome to all who enter our doors, in particular on Easter Day?
We take very seriously all that has been heard by the Inquiry. Archbishop Justin said when he gave evidence last week that he had learned again through listening and reading the evidence given to the Inquiry, that we must not simply say sorry, but that we must also take action that demonstrates clearly that we have learnt the lessons. It is a fact that Bishops and Archbishops are now rightly required to listen, learn and act in accordance with safeguarding legislation and good practice. We are thankful to our episcopal colleagues for all that they are doing in this area and we are grateful to Bishop Martin Warner (Bishop of Chichester) and all his team in Chichester for the particular work they have done and are doing.
There is, of course, absolutely no room for complacency. We need to learn the lessons from what has gone wrong and from the shocking abuse. There are more hearings to come which will focus on the Church of England as part of the IICSA process. So, we do need to continue to listen carefully to all that IICSA has to say and, above all, to listen to the voices of the survivors.
Holy Week is about listening to God, the priority for all Christians. Judas betrayed Jesus, Peter denied him, and the rest deserted him. The crowds turned on him. As we go through these days together again let us affirm our commitment to listen to God and to build up the relationships between us as those who are disciples of Jesus Christ. The various signs and powerful actions of this week; the Renewal of Ordination vows and the Blessing of the Oils on Maundy Thursday; the foot washing and stripping of the altars on Maundy Thursday evening; the starkness of the bare church on Good Friday; the waiting and dead silence of Holy Saturday; and the sheer unalloyed joy on Easter Day; all of these give us the opportunity to renew our trust, ensure we are open and honest one with another and commit ourselves with renewed energy to respond to the good news.
Christ is alive and so we proclaim the gospel afresh and confidently in this generation. It is indeed the wisdom of God, the power of God for salvation.
Yours in Christ,
The Most Revd & Rt Hon Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury
The Most Revd & Rt Hon Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York