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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
Tel: 01905 453312
Tel: 07961 097497
St Stephen's PCC takes the safety of everyone within the chruch 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 immediatley report it.
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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
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 a 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. Young Disciples for 4-16 year olds meets in the Church Hall weekly during morning service. The person responsible is Liz Fleming.
2. Regular Services. Children of all ages are welcome to any of our regular
services. For younger children, it is expected that parents/carers will want to
remain with their children. The person responsible is The Vicar.
3. Little Stars is a parent/carer and baby/toddler group that meets weekly, every Thursday in term time, in the Church. The person responsible is Viv Todd
4. Choir for Church services, and practice (where applicable). The person responsible is the Choir Director, or where no Choir Director is present - The Vicar
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 March 6th 2018
We the PCC agree to review and update this policy annually. Signed by:
PCC Chair/Priest in charge Andy Todd
Churchwarden: Geoff Hill
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 March 6th 2018. Signed by:
PCC Chair/Priest in charge Andy Todd
Churchwarden: Judy Hood
Vulnerable Adults Safeguarding Representative: Carol Amos