‘Safer’: Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility – Building a Safer Church
Church of England
‘We have to be primarily about developing a culture in our churches that recognises safeguarding is a gospel issue because it is about human wellbeing and wholeness. We have to develop a culture that is both welcoming of all and in such a way that it is safe for all. This has to be about our day to day, week by week practice in our parishes. Awareness, vigilance, care all matter’. Paul Butler Lead CofE Bishop for Safeguarding
The Church of England has set out its policy on promoting a safer church:
The Ministry Team and PCC of St James’ Church are committed to the safeguarding of all young persons and vulnerable adults attending or visiting our church.
All persons working on behalf of St James’ Church are appropriately screened via the Government Disclosure and Barring Service or through completing a Self-Declaration as per Winchester Diocese recommendations.
Our safeguarding policies can be found here as well as noticeboards around the church. They are:
Policy for Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults
Child Protection Policy
Policy on Domestic Abuse
Policy Statement on the Recruitment of Ex-Offenders
Before leaving a child in our care, we ask parents and those with parental responsibilities to confirm that they understand there is a Child Protection Policy in place, and that all leaders holding responsibility for the activities hold clear Certificates from the Disclosure and Barring Service, via our Registration Form.