Church is a place where everyone should be safe.
Everyone at St Thomas’ has a duty of care to protect others from harm and accidents.
“I believe that the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults should be the highest priority of all parts of the Church, and that any failings in this area must be immediately reported. There are no excuses for shortcomings” Archbishop Justin Welby.
St Thomas’ is a place of worship that is committed to the protection of children and vulnerable adults, and ensuring the well-being of all who attend our activities.
St Thomas’ Church recognises its responsibilities for the safeguarding of all children, young people under the age of 18yrs, and vulnerable adults regardless of gender, ethnicity or ability, as set out in current legislation, and to nurture, protect and safeguard all children and young people taking part in church activities on or off site.
We as a church recognise we have a duty to protect the children entrusted to our care and all vulnerable adults who visit us. All of the volunteers and staff working in our groups are checked by the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) and are offered regular training in Safeguarding.
The Church takes the safety of everyone very seriously and expects that all will work within the church’s safeguarding policy. In particular the church expects anyone who becomes aware of a safeguarding risk, or of actual abuse to raise this immediately.
The PCC has adopted and follows the ‘Diocese of Derby Policy, Procedures and Practice Guidance’, 2016, which commits us to ensure that everyone working with children, young people and vulnerable adults:
- Has been safely recruited
- Is adequately trained and supervised
- Understands and follows St Thomas’ Church Safeguarding Policy
Children and young people under 18yrs
DBS Safeguarding clearance is provided at differing levels for different groups of people. In co-operation with the Diocese, each of the church’s ministries has been considered as to which level is required.
All those working with under 18 yr olds will require some level of DBS clearance, whether assisting with crèche, leading Sunday morning Kids Church, Energise or helping out with Youth.
All those working with vulnerable adults will require some level of DBS clearance. The law is more complicated when it comes to Vulnerable Adults but the church seeks to adopt best practice which includes rigorous risk assessments of all our activities.
Meet the team ….
St Thomas’ Parish Safeguarding Link Officer [Child Protection]
The designated lead coordinator for all our Safeguarding is Sally-Anne Beecham. Sally-Anne is an experienced Safeguarding coordinator who prior to joining the St Thomas’ team work in Child Protection for many years. Sally-Anne, with the incumbent, will advise and take appropriate action where necessary.
Sally-Anne is responsible for Child Protection, processing Disclosure and Barring records and assisting with Safe Recruitment and liaising with the Diocese.
St Thomas’ Designated Person for Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults
The designated coordinator for all our protection of vulnerable adults is Stuart Robinson. Stuart works closely with Sally-Anne and has oversight of caring for vulnerable adults in our congregation, he has a long professional career in social care and counselling.
Contact the team …
If you have any concerns (however small) about the safety or welfare of anyone under 18yrs, or a vulnerable adult in our church, please speak confidentially with the Clergy, Sally-Anne or Stuart as soon as you are able.
- In person
- Telephone the Church Office on 01246 558461
- By email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Out of hours … call Revd Canon Matt Barnes, 07711 964451
Useful resources …..
The PCC has received these reports and formally adopted the national safeguarding policies. Those engaged in ministry at St Thomas’ are strongly encouraged to familiarise themselves with their contents.
- Protecting all God’s Children (safeguarding Children in the Church of England) here
- Promoting a Safe Church (Policy for safeguarding adults in the Church of England) here
- Responding to Domestic Abuse (Guidelines for those with pastoral responsibilities) here
- Responding Well to those who have been Sexually Abused (Policy and guidance for the Church of England) here
- Safer Recruitment in the Church of England (For all who work on behalf of the Church of England) here
- Safeguarding Records guidance (Joint Practice Guidance for the Church of England and the Methodist Church) here