Safeguarding Policies

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Policy Statement on Working with Children and Young people

The PCC of Cirencester with Watermoor recognises that the church has a responsibility to aim for the highest possible standards of child care and to protect children from harm. We therefore seek to provide a caring, warm and consistent environment in which children and young people* can develop and grow, and in which they can learn in safety. In pursuing these aims the PCC accepts the Diocesan Policy and advice on which our own policy is based. (A copy of ours is kept in the Parish Office and is also on the church website and the Diocesan Policy is on their website**). We require all those who work with children and young people within our church communities to be aware of the Diocesan and PCC policies, to familiarise themselves with their contents, and to continue working in relationships of the utmost integrity, truthfulness and trustworthiness.

The PCC greatly appreciates the work with children and young people which currently takes place in our parish. A list of groups recognised by the PCC is kept at the Parish Office.

In its endeavour to structure work with children and young people so as to foster good practice, and to minimise situations where the abuse of children might occur, the PCC would wish to ensure that all who work with children and young people will:

a. be interviewed by the Vicar, or his representative, and asked to complete a disclosure form for the Criminal Records Bureau. The latter will be checked by a Diocesan Counter-signatory, will be strictly confidential and, except under compulsion of law, will only be seen by the above named person acting on the Bishop’s behalf. The completed forms will be held in Church records.

b. undertake a probationary period, usually 3 months, during which they will meet with their supervisor. The probationary period will end with an informal review.

c. following the successful completion of a probationary period, continue working under the guidance of their direct supervisor, meeting to review and plan work, share experiences, receive training and talk about relationships with the children in their care. The PCC will undertake to make resources available for these training opportunities to take place.

d. have an understanding of the nature of the work they have agreed to do and the name of the person to whom they are responsible. Paid workers and volunteers undertake their work in this parish under the authority of the Vicar. The Vicar may delegate the day-to-day supervision of the work to a representative.

e. receive the PCC’s policy statement, and its guidance on “Working with Children and Young People”. Copies are kept in the Parish Office and on the Parish Website.

In furthering good practice in safeguarding children the PCC will:

a. nominate a person for child protection (Nominated Person) for the Parish who will keep in contact with the work of the various statutory authorities and the Diocesan Children’s Office and act as clearing house for new materials, resources and training opportunities;

b. be responsible, together with the Vicar and Associate Vicar, for implementing and monitoring the PCC’s policy; and to whom all cases of suspected or alleged abuse must be reported immediately.

c.keep an up to date record of the names of those who work with children and young people.

d. respond without delay to an allegation that a child for whom we are responsible may have been harmed or is in significant danger.

e. fully cooperate with statutory agencies during any investigation into allegations concerning a member of the church community.

f. inform the statutory agency of any suspected criminal offenders or concerns that we are made aware of in respect of our contact with children.

g. 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.

h. supervise and support any member of our church community known, or alleged to have offended against a child whilst taking utmost care to safeguard our children.

i. make adequate provision for insurance cover.

j. ensure that all workers with children will be aware of the Childline contact telephone numbers. Posters advertising them and PCC policy will be prominently displayed

k. advise groups using the church premises specifically for work with children and young adults, of the Church’s policy and the requirement on their leaders to be CRB checked.

l. ensure that a copy of this policy is available in the Parish Office and on the Parish website for members of the church and parents/guardians

m. review this policy annually at the PCC’s July meeting and prepare a report for the AGM.

Cirencester_Children_and_Young_People_Safeguarding_Policy_2017.pdf

Nominated person: Aileen Anderson

*in this document ‘children and young people’ means everyone under 18 years of age.

**For Child protection: www. gloucester.anglican.org.education/intro/downloads

 

Policy Statement on the safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults

As members of the Cirencester PCC we commit ourselves, on behalf of the parish, to respectful pastoral care and safeguarding of all adults to whom we minister with particular concern for those who are vulnerable*. We recognise that everyone has different levels of vulnerability and that each one of us may be regarded as vulnerable at some point of our lives. We believe that our church should be a place where all people should feel welcome, respected and safe from abuse. In pursuit of this commitment we endeavour to:
a) promote the inclusion and empowerment of people who may be vulnerable.

b) exercise proper care in the appointment and selection of those who will work with people who may be vulnerable.

c) support, resource and train those who undertake work among people who may be vulnerable in the promotion of safe practice

The Parish adopts the guidelines of the Church of England, and the Diocese**. We require each person who works with vulnerable people to agree to abide by the policy established by this church, and to be CRB checked.

We appoint Mr John Lawrence to represent the concerns of vulnerable people and to promote the implementation of this policy

We further acknowledge that it is the responsibility of each of us to seek to prevent abuse (physical, emotional, sexual or spiritual) of vulnerable people, and to report any such abuse we discover or suspect to the nominated person, Vicar or Associate Priest.
(This policy will be reviewed annually)

*Definition of a Vulnerable Adult from House of Bishops’ Report: “any adult aged 18 years or older who by reason of mental or other disability, age, illness or other situation is permanently, or for the time being, unable to take care of him or herself, or protect him or herself from significant harm or exploitation”.

**Diocese of Gloucester website: www.glosdioc.org.uk

 

Guidance for Working with Children and Young People Good working practice

In all our caring for children/young people we are acting as good parents. Our practice should reflect this, both in our relationships with children and in providing a safe and welcoming environment. The following are some pointers: (basically common sense!)

Always be present at the beginning and end of sessions to receive and welcome children, and to ensure that they are safely received by parent/ carer at the end.

Treat all children with dignity and respect, and in return expect good behaviour and respect from them.

Provide safe and appropriate activity areas where children and helpers can always be in view.

Keep attendance records for children and telephone numbers for parents/carers in case you need to contact them.

Always obtain parents’ written permission for outings, car lifts, taking of photographs etc, and keep parents wellinformed.

Responding to a child’s disclosure (of possible abuse)
We all hope this may never happen, but we need to be prepared. If a child should need to speak to you about a problem:

LISTEN, listen and keep on listening!

Avoid asking leading questions.

Never comment or pass judgement on what you are told.

Never promise confidentiality: that is do not promise a child that you will keep a secret. Tell the child that you may have to tell someone who can help.

Write down contents of conversation as soon as possible, preferably within the hour, with date and time. This may be needed as evidence. Sign and keep securely.

Do not discuss with colleagues, or anyone else, especially anyone who may be implicated in the disclosure. Most abusers are either family members or friends.

REPORT to Vicar, Associate Priest or Nominated Person for Child protection (NP).

Suspicion of abuse – physical or emotional, or neglect
The following may be signs of possible abuse:

A significant change in child’s behaviour – withdrawn and quiet, or aggressive and uncooperative.

Regular bruising.

Unusual marks on legs or arms suggestive of burns.

Deliberate injury.

Child’s reluctance to leave at the end of your session

(Any of the above may have a rational explanation not linked with abuse!)

If you should suspect abuse CONTACT the Vicar, the Associate Priest, or NP.

If none of the above are contactable and the situation is both serious and urgent, and especially if you suspect sexual abuse, then contact Children’s Services, or the Police.

Contacts

Vicar (Revd Canon Graham Morris)

Nominated Person (Sarah Marshall)

Children’s services (Social services)01452 426565
(8.0 am-6.0 pm) 01452 614194 (after 6.00 pm)

Police 0845 0901234

 

Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults -Guidance

Good working practice

In all our dealings with adults in our care the key word is RESPECT: respect for a person’s dignity, life choices, privacy, physical, emotional and spiritual needs. The following are some pointers (basically common sense/ good manners).
Listen attentively – older people especially love to relate their ‘life story’.

Use person’s preferred title eg Rev, Dr, Mr, Mrs,’Peter’,’Barbara’ etc both in speaking directly to them and referring to them

Speak in a clear voice and maintain eye to eye contact.

Find out level of assistance that might be appreciated eg offering arm to help walking, feeding etc.

Before a home/ care home/ hospital visit find out as much information as possible about the persons specific needs.

Always ask approval/ permission before taking such action as praying together, reading from scripture etc.

NB For those exercising pastoral ministry of vulnerable people refer to Diocese of Gloucester’Policy for Safeguarding Adults.’

Recognising abuse
‘Abuse is a violation of an individual’s human and civil rights by any other person or persons.'(Human Rights Act).
Abuse can take many different forms:

Physical abuse: Being hit or restrained or misuse of medication.

Sexual abuse: Being harassed, teased or touched in a way that the person does not like or being forced to have sex.

Neglect: Not getting the food, care or clothing needed.

Psychological abuse: Being bullied, threatened or verbally abused.

Discriminatory abuse: Being ridiculed or threatened because of race, gender, disability or age.

Financial abuse: Money or possession being stolen or used in a way that the person does not like.
Institutional abuse: Being mistreated by an organisation or person that is providing care.

Abuse can happen anywhere, at any time and by anyone.
Facts about abuse, from The UK Study of Abuse and Neglect of Older People. (2007)

40 per cent of people aged 66 and over living in private households (including sheltered housing) reported that they had experienced mistreatment during the past year.

51 per cent of mistreatment in the past year involved a spouse/partner; 49 per cent another family member; 13 per cent a care worker; 5 per cent a close friend (respondents could mention more than one person.)

The results of the survey indicated that abuse of older people increased with age, depression, loneliness, and declining health status.A much greater percentage of those living alone reported instances of mistreatment, compared with those who had social contact.

The most common form of mistreatment reported was neglect, followed by financial abuse, physical and psychological abuse and sexual abuse.

What to do in case of suspected abuse.
LISTEN; do not discuss with colleagues or friends or relations of alleged victim.
CONTACT as soon as possible:
Mr John Lawrence (Appointed Person for Safeguarding Adults)
Canon Graham Morris (Vicar)

 

 

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