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A Safe Church. The Diocese of Southwark. A Safe Church. Safeguarding children and adults who may be vulnerable Diocesan Policies, Procedures and Guidelines for PCCs, 2009. Material compiled by Jill Sandham, Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser. A Safe Church. The Diocese of Southwark.

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a safe church

A Safe Church

The Diocese ofSouthwark

A Safe Church

Safeguarding children and adults who may be vulnerable

Diocesan Policies, Procedures and Guidelines for PCCs, 2009.

Material compiled by Jill Sandham, Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser

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Who does ‘A Safe Church’ apply to?

Procedures apply to:

all clergy and licensed ministers

all diocesan employees

all paid and voluntary workers in parishes

all activities which take place on premises for which the PCC is responsible

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What is ‘A Safe Church’ based on?

Compliant with safeguarding law and statutory guidelines

Follows Church of England policies in safeguarding children, adults who may be vulnerable and responding to domestic abuse

Compiled by diocesan working groups with expertise

Consultation and scrutiny by Diocesan Registrar, Ecclesiastical, parishes, diocesan committees et al

Annual review by Safeguarding Reference Group

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Terminology

What does safeguarding mean?

Promoting the welfare..

Keeping safe from harm, such as illness, abuse or injury

Creating a framework where risks of harm to welfare are minimised

Taking appropriate action to address concerns about welfare

What is child and adult protection?

Protecting from mistreatment, abuse and harm.

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Terminology

Who is a child?

All children and young people under the age of 18

Who is a vulnerable adult?

Any adult aged 18 or over 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 to protect him or herself against significant harm or exploitation.

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What factors may make adults vulnerable?

Age

Physical or mental health

Physical or learning disability

Bereavement and relationship breakdown

History of abuse

History of offending

Substance or alcohol dependence

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What factors may make adults vulnerable?

Implications:

Vulnerability is not a permanent state

Vulnerability is not always visible

We may all be vulnerable at times of our lives

Vulnerable people may also pose risk and cause harm.

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Terminology

What is domestic abuse?

Any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality.

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What’s new or different?

Inclusion of policies, procedures and guidelines for safeguarding adults who may be vulnerable and responding to domestic abuse

Standardised diocesan and parish policies

A wider range of procedures and guidelines

The role of Parish Safeguarding Officer

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The policies

for safeguarding children

for safeguarding adults who may be vulnerable

for responding to domestic abuse

The document

A template for parishes to adopt as their policies

The procedures and guidelines in the manual spell out the practice

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Parish safeguarding responsibilities

Key players working in co-operation:

The incumbent/priest in charge

The churchwardens

The parish safeguarding officers

The PCC

The team of licensed/accredited ministers

Hall managers and bookers

Employed staff

Co-ordinators of work with vulnerable groups.

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Responsibilities of incumbents with churchwardens, PCC and PSOs

The prime duty of care to ensure the well-being of children and young people and adults who may be vulnerable in the church community

A youth-friendly and child-friendly environment

A welcoming, respectful environment which is safe from abuse

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Responsibilities of incumbents with churchwardens, PCC and PSOs

Appoint and support Parish Safeguarding Officers

Ensure safe recruitment

References and interviews

CRB and following risk assessment recommendations

Ensure risk assessments of buildings and activities

Ensure adequate insurance cover

Review policies and procedures annually

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Responsibilities of incumbents with churchwardens, PCC and PSOs

Allegations and concerns –

Work with archdeacon and Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser to follow procedures

Work with statutory agencies

Manage the consequences for the congregation

Ensure pastoral care for all concerned is available

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Responsibilities of incumbents with churchwardens, PCC and PSOs

Management and monitoring of those who pose risk

Work with archdeacon and Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser to follow procedures

Work with statutory agencies

Follow advice on risk assessment

Review regularly

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Responsibilities of incumbents with churchwardens, PCC and PSOs

Handle complaints

Ensure appropriate communication, information sharing and record keeping and record storage

Ensure appropriate boundaries of confidentiality and consent.

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Implementation: what next?

Incumbents and PSOs – read it, know what it contains, for future reference

Use the quick guide – look at sections relevant to you in your role

Identify who your key players are and ensure they are trained

PCCs to adopt the policies, procedures and guidelines by September 2009, and destroy all their previous policies and procedures

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Implementation: what next?

PCC to appoint PSOs

Key players to set action plan for reviewing safeguarding practice to ensure they are compliant

Publicise new policies

Carry out Risk Assessments

Set annual review date.

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What if the PCC doesn’t comply?

It may be putting at risk:

children and adults who may be vulnerable

leaders and workers

the reputation of the church and the diocese

It may not be compliant with the law

It may be jeopardising its parish insurance cover

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