Details for Safeguarding Issues
Judy Hemery 07988 801174
Elaine Sullivan 01234 767057
Rev Peter Ackroyd 01234 768391
Statement of Safeguarding Principles
person has a value and dignity which comes directly from the creation of humans
in God’s own image and likeness. Christians see this potential as fulfilled by
God’s re-creation of us in Christ. Among other things this implies a duty to
value all people as bearing the image of God and therefore to protect them from
are committed to:
the care and nurture of, and respectful
pastoral ministry with, all children, young people and adults
the safeguarding and protection of all
children, young people and adults when they are vulnerable
the establishing of safe, caring communities
which provide a loving environment where there is informed vigilance as to the
dangers of abuse.
will carefully select and train all those with any responsibility within the
Church, in line with Safer Recruitment principles, including the use of
criminal records disclosures and registration with the relevant vetting and
will respond without delay to every complaint made which suggests that an
adult, child or young person may have been harmed, cooperating with the police
and local authority in any investigation.
will seek to work with anyone who has suffered abuse, developing with them an
appropriate ministry of informed pastoral care.
will seek to challenge any abuse of power, especially by anyone in a position
will seek to offer pastoral care and support, including supervision and
referral to the proper authorities, to any member of our church community known
to have offended against a child, young person or vulnerable adult.
all these principles we will follow legislation, guidance and recognised good
Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable
Adults Policy for Stewartby United Church
This policy was agreed at a Church Council held on January 22nd 2019
Stewartby United Church, along with the whole Christian
community, believes each person has a value and dignity which comes directly
from God’s creation in God’s own image and likeness. Christians see this as
fulfilled by God’s re-creation of us in Christ. Among other things, this
implies a duty to value all people as bearing the image of God and therefore to
protect them from harm.
United Church is committed to the safeguarding and protection of
all children, young people and adults and affirms that the needs of children or
of people when they are vulnerable and at risk are paramount.
Stewartby United Church recognises that it has a particular
care for all who are vulnerable whether by disabilities or by reduction in
capacities or by their situation. It is recognised that this increased
vulnerability may be temporary or permanent and may be visible or invisible,
but that it does not diminish our humanity and seeks to affirm the gifts and
graces of all God’s people.
This policy addresses the safeguarding of children, young
people and vulnerable adults. It is intended to be a dynamic policy. It is
intended to support the Church in being a safe supportive and caring community
for children, young people, vulnerable adults, for survivors of abuse, for
communities and for those affected by abuse.
Stewartby United Church fully agrees with the Connexional
statement reiterated in Creating Safer Space 2007:
We are concerned with the wholeness of each individual within
God’s purpose for everyone. We seek to safeguard all members of the church
community of all ages.
Stewartby United Church recognises the serious issue of the
abuse of children and vulnerable adults and recognises that this may take the
form of physical, emotional, sexual, financial, spiritual or institutional
abuse or neglect. It acknowledges the effects these may have on people and
their development including spiritual and religious development. It
accepts its responsibility for ensuring that all people are safe in its care
and that their dignity and right to be heard is maintained. It accepts its
responsibility to support, listen to and work for healing with survivors,
offenders, communities and those who care about them. It takes seriously the
issues of promotion of welfare so that each of us can reach our full potential
In God’s Grace.
United Church commits itself to RESPOND without
delay to any allegation or cause for concern that a child or vulnerable adult
may have been harmed, whether in the church or in another context. It commits
itself to challenge the abuse of power of anyone in a position of trust.
2. Stewartby United Church commits itself to ensuring the IMPLEMENTATION of Connexional
Safeguarding Policy; government legislation and guidance and safe practice in
the circuit and in the churches.
3. Stewartby United Church commits itself to the PROVISION of support, advice and
training for lay and ordained people that will ensure people are clear and
confident about their roles and responsibilities in safeguarding and promoting
the welfare of children and adults who may be vulnerable.
4. Stewartby United Church AFFIRMS
and gives thanks for the work of those who are workers with children and
vulnerable adults and acknowledges the shared responsibility of all of us for
safeguarding vulnerable adults who are on our premises.
Stewartby United Church appoints JUDY HEMERY as Church
Safeguarding Officer (Adults) and JUDY
HEMERY as Church Safeguarding Officer (Children)
with ELAINE SULLIVAN to support in her
role which is to:
i) support and advise the minister and the stewards in
fulfilling their roles
ii) provide a point of reference to advise on safeguarding issues
iii) liaise with Circuit and District Safeguarding Officers
iv) promote safeguarding best practice within the local church
with the support of circuit ministers
proper records are kept of all incidents/concerns according to Methodist policy
and practice see Safeguarding
Records: Joint Practice Guidance for the Church of England and the Methodist
Church - Updated Jan 2015.
that all safeguarding training which is required is undertaken by those in post
and appropriate records kept and made available
training and meetings organised to support the role
safeguarding throughout the whole life of the church e.g. lettings, groups
to the Church council annually, also SAFEGUARDING to be present on Agenda at
each Church Council meeting. Ensure the
church completes a yearly audit/monitoring on safeguarding confirming that
policies are in place for the church and all groups and lettings in the church
and that these have been annually reviewed
the church completes a risk assessment on each area of activity in the church
and this is stored and reviewed at least annually. This should be made
available if asked for
that the church recruits safely for all posts
that the church has a safeguarding noticeboard with copy of the current, signed
safeguarding policy, contact numbers for local and national helplines and other
suitable information. Hard copies of this document to be displayed in Church,
Hall and Annex and a copy to be kept with the minutes of the Church Council.
The purposes of this safeguarding policy are to ensure
procedures are in place and people are clear about roles and responsibilities
for children, young people and vulnerable adults in our care and using our
premises. It is to be read in conjunction with the Safeguarding Policy,
Procedures and Guidance for the Methodist Church (2017). Church has a copy, as
do Judy Hemery, Colette Lemin and Liz Hignett.
b) Good Practice
We believe good practice means that:
people are treated with respect and dignity.
who act on behalf of the Church should not meet or work alone with a child or
vulnerable adult where the activity cannot be seen unless this is necessary for
pastoral reasons, in which case a written note of this will be made and kept
noting date, time and place of visit.
church premises will be assessed by the Church Safeguarding Officer with the
property steward and/or their representatives at least annually for safety for
children and vulnerable adults and the risk assessment report will be given
annually to the Church Council in written form. This will include fire safety
procedures. The Church Council will consider the extent to which the premises
and equipment are suitable or should be made more suitable.
church-organised transport of children or vulnerable adults will be checked to
ensure the vehicle is suitable and insured and that the driver and escort are
appropriate. An agreed record kept in the church file for each driver/car.
of safeguarding is recognised to include undertaking those tasks which enable
all God’s people to reach their full potential. The Church Council will
actively consider the extent to which it is succeeding in this area.
These things are to
safeguard those working with children, young people and those adults who may be
c) Appointment and
training of workers
will be appointed after a satisfactory DBS disclosure and following safer
recruitment procedures of the Methodist Church. Each worker will have an
identified supervisor who will meet at regular intervals with the worker. A
record of these meetings will be agreed and signed and the record kept. Each
worker will be expected to undergo basic safeguarding training, within the
first 6 months of appointment. The other training needs of each worker will be
considered (e.g. food hygiene, first aid, lifting and handling, etc.) and each
worker will have an annual review conducted by a named member of the Church
Council and another worker within the organisation.
d) Pastoral visitors
terms of safeguarding, Pastoral Visitors will be supported in their role with
the provision of basic safeguarding training upon appointment.
e) Guidelines for working with children,
young people and vulnerable adults
leaflet will be produced and reviewed annually to be given to each worker with
children, young people and vulnerable adults outlining good practice and
systems. The leaflet will be reviewed annually with this policy [Church
Councils may produce their own material or use appropriate Connexional leaflets
(Quick Reference Guide and Code of Safer Working Practice Leaflet)].
f) Ecumenical events
ecumenical events happen on church premises, safeguarding is the responsibility
of this Church Council.
g) Events with
church groups off the premises
staffing, a risk assessment and notification of the event to be given to the
Church Safeguarding Officer PRIOR to the agreement for any event or off site
activity. Notification of the event will be given to Judy HEMERY & Rev Peter ACKROYD. The Church Safeguarding Officer will forward it
immediately to the Circuit Safeguarding Officer in order that an appropriate
response can be made. The District Safeguarding Officer and District
Safeguarding Group will need to be informed of all off site events.
h) Other groups on
the building is hired for outside use, the person signing the letting agreement
will be given a copy of this policy. The lettings secretary will consider the
various users of the building in making lettings. All lettings will be notified
to the Church Safeguarding Officer who will keep the records and take advice as
appropriate from both the DSO and CSO. Groups currently using premises on a
regular basis include Ballet /Dance School, Sunflowers (Parents/Carers &
children) Gadsden Band members, Operatic Society and Drama Group. These will be
given a copy of this policy.
is hoped that complaints can generally be dealt with internally by the
organisations. However, a complaint may be made to a person who will be
appointed by the Church Council and who is currently REV PETER ACKROYD. If a complaint is made to another person, it
should be passed to REV PETER ACKROYD who will arrange to meet with the complainant
and attempt to resolve the complaint. If the complaint cannot be resolved,
consideration will be given to invoking the complaints system of the Methodist
Church which will involve initially speaking with the Local Complaints Officer
who is REV ANDREW HOLLINS.
policy will be reviewed annually by the Church Council. The date of the next
review is JANUARY 2020
k) Key concepts and definitions
Adults: Any adult aged 18 or over who,
due to disability, mental function, age or illness or traumatic circumstances,
may not be able to take care or protect themselves.
and protecting children or vulnerable adults from maltreatment; preventing
impairment of their health and ensuring safe and effective care.
protection is a part of safeguarding and promoting welfare. This refers to the
activity which is undertaken to protect children/specific adults who are
suffering or are at risk of suffering significant harm, including neglect.
and neglect may occur in a family, in a community and in an institution. It may
be perpetrated by a person or persons known to the child or vulnerable adult or
by strangers; by an adult or by a child. It may be an infliction of harm or a
failure to prevent harm.
Dated 22nd January 2019
Signed Rev Peter Ackroyd (Chair
of Church Council)