St. Peter's Slinfold Safeguarding Policy

Safeguarding

As a church, we are committed to:

The legal definition of a child is someone under the age of 18.
There is no standard single definition for an adult at risk, so for our policy we are using the following simple definition taken from the Churches Child Protection Advisory Service (CCPAS):
A Vulnerable Adult is any adult aged 18 or over who due to disability, mental function, age, illness or traumatic circumstances may not be able to take care or protect themselves against the risk of significant harm, abuse, bullying, harassment, mistreatment or exploitation.

Please click on the links below to access the following policies and statements:

Parish Safeguarding Statement

Parish Policy on Responding to Safeguarding Allegations

Parish E-Safety Policy

Expressing Concerns and 'Whistleblowing': Policy and Guidance

Safeguarding - Who to contact



Parish Safeguarding Statement

Parish of Slinfold
As members of this PCC we are committed to the safeguarding, care and nurture of all our member and visitors.
We recognise that safeguarding is everyone's responsibility.
We are committed to implementing all safeguarding policies and practice guidance issued by the House of Bishops
We will carefully select and train all those who work or volunteer in positions of trust. We will use the Disclosure and Barring Service, amongst other tools, to check the background of each person.
We will respond, without delay, to every concern made that a person for whom we are responsible may have been harmed.
We will co-operate fully with statutory agencies during any investigation concerning a member of the church community.
We will seek to ensure that anyone for whom we have pastoral responsibility who has suffered abuse is offered support that meets their needs.
We will respond appropriately to those who have committed sexual offences who wish to join our fellowship, following House of Bishop's guidance and the advice of the Safeguarding Team.
We will review this policy annually and as part of this process will ensure that all our procedures, particularly in relation to the Disclosure and Barring Service, are up to date.
Our Safeguarding Representative is:

Name
Kayla Glover
Email address
kayla@copperglow.plus.com

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Parish Policy on Responding to Safeguarding Allegations

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Parish E-Safety Policy

This policy should be read alongside the Parish of Slinfold's policies on Safeguarding, Whistleblowing, and Reporting Concerns about a Child.
This policy applies to all staff, including clergy, PCC members, paid staff, volunteers including children's and youth workers, those involving in leading or coordinating music and worship, and anyone else involved in working or volunteering on behalf of Slinfold.

Purpose of Policy


We recognise that:


We will seek to keep children and young people safe by:

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Expressing Concerns and 'Whistleblowing': Policy and Guidance

Introduction

Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility: given this, encouraging people to express concerns appropriately and in a timely fashion is an important aspect of a strong safeguarding culture. Additionally, 'whistleblowing' has been recognised has having an important place in developing a strong safeguarding culture within organisations. At the most simple level, anyone can spot a genuine concern and it is important that everyone who does so feels safe to raise that concern. At a more fundamental level, organisations - including the church - can become hierarchical and opaque, and a strong whistleblowing policy recognises the importance of empowering those who may not hold positions of structural influence within the organisation to feel confident enough to speak out, should they believe poor practice to be present.

The aim of this policy and associated guidance is to provide a clear and transparent way for anyone involved in the Slinfold parish to raise genuine concerns regarding poor practice that impacts upon the safety or wellbeing of children or adults to whom Slinfold parish ministers. It also aims to ensure that any concerns are dealt with effectively and in a timely fashion.
This policy and guidance provides a simple set of steps to deal with concerns, ensuring that people are not penalised for raising genuine concerns, even if those concerns appear to be unfounded.
This policy and guidance applies to everyone involved in Slinfold parish, including all workers who are involved on either a paid or voluntary basis. Like all parish safeguarding policies, this policy should be easily available for all - for instance at the back of church and on the church website. It should not be necessary for someone who wants to see this policy to ask a leader within the church to provide it. Our Commitment:

Guidance:
What to do if you have a concern:

What to do if you receive a concern

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Safeguarding - Who to contact

Parish Safeguarding Officer
Kayla Glover
01403 790429
kayla@copperglow.plus.com

Diocese Safeguarding Team

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser
Colin Perkins
Tel: 01273 425792/07500 771210
colin.perkins@chichester.anglican.org

Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser
Morag Keane
Tel: 07881 580310
morag.keane@chichester.anglican.org

Safeguarding Administrator
Kim Nash
Tel: 01273 425680
kim.nash@chichester.anglican.org

West Sussex County Council website: westsussex.gov.uk
Follow links to Social care and health/Social care support.
Select either 'Raise a concern about a child' or 'Contact adults' care point'
Here will be found information about how to report a concern and what steps will be taken following your contact.

If you are worried about a child and believe that child is in immediate danger, you must contact the police on 999.
If it is less urgent and you are worried about the welfare of a child, please use the contacts below to report your concerns. You do not need to know for certain that the child is being abused. If you have concerns, you should report them to the relevant Children's Service department. You can contact them and ask them, on the basis of the information you are giving, whether they advise that you make a formal referral. It is very helpful for them if you have as much information as possible to help them identify which child you are talking about: first and last name, date-of-birth if you have it, which school they go to, and their address if possible.

Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub


Fourth Floor
County Hall North (Parkside)
Chart Way
Horsham
West Sussex
RH12 1XH
Telephone 01403 229900 or 033 022 26664 for out-of-hours calls Email: mash@westsussex.gcsx.gov.uk

If you are worried about an adult and believe that adult is in immediate danger, you must contact the police on 999.
If it is less urgent, you can either:

  • Phone Sussex Police on 101
  • Use the online Adult safeguarding alert form which can be found at: westsussex.gov.uk/social care and health/social care support /Adults /raise a concern about an adult
  • Phone Adults' CarePoint on 01243 642121 (office and out-of-hours).

Domestic violence and abuse
If you are supporting someone experiencing domestic abuse, please come through to the Safeguarding Team for advice

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