Policy for Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults 2018
Children and vulnerable adults have the right to be secure and free from the fear and the reality of abuse.
Statement of Aims
Our aims are:
- To provide a safe place of worship and meeting place for all, especially children and vulnerable adults
- To provide equality of opportunity for all
We are committed to:
- The safeguarding of all, especially children and vulnerable adults
- Carefully selecting paid and voluntary staff, using the Disclosure and Barring Service as one tool to check their suitability
- Giving paid and voluntary staff regular Safeguarding Awareness training
- Responding without delay to every complaint made which suggests that a child or adult may have been harmed
- Cooperating fully with the Police, Social Services and any other appropriate body in any investigation
- Ministering appropriately to anyone, child or adult, who has experienced abuse
- Extending pastoral care to those known to have offended against children or vulnerable adults whilst ensuring that children and vulnerable adults are protected from them
This document covers the work of the Parish Church of St. Michel du Valle with children and vulnerable adults; in its services and in the groups meeting throughout the week, including, but not limited to:-
- Treasure Seekers Sunday School
- Music Group
- Altar Servers
- Bell Ringers
- Pastoral Care Group
This policy also covers any work undertaken outside of the church and its associated buildings, being the Vale Church Hall and Billie and Leslie Norman Rooms, carried out under the auspices of the Rector, Churchwardens and Church Advisory Council (CAC). All regular users of these buildings are required agree and to sign either an adapted form of this policy, or provide the Safeguarding Officer with their group’s Safeguarding Policy which is at least as stringent as this one. Occasional users are required to sign a Safeguarding Agreement.
This policy follows closely the Child and Adult Protection Guidelines laid down by the Deanery of Guernsey, and will be displayed prominently in the Church, the Vale Church Hall and the Billie and Leslie Norman Rooms.
Group Leaders’ Responsibilities
- It is the group leader’s responsibility to ensure that any adult in the group is never left alone with a child or vulnerable adult, before, during or after a meeting.
- In the event of a child or vulnerable adult not being collected after an event, the responsibility of dealing with this lies with the group leader.
Registration and Parental Consent
All groups will keep a register of those attending each session. Parental consent forms, including emergency contact details, must be completed for all participants under 18, and must be available to group leaders whenever the group meets. This applies to all groups, whether meeting on church premises or elsewhere.
Fire Regulations and Security
All group leaders will be aware of fire regulations and the positions of fire extinguishers. They will be vigilant as to the presence of anyone on the premises during the meetings of the groups. They should know who to contact in an emergency relating to the building.
First Aid and Accidents
There should be a properly stocked first aid kit accessible to each group. In the event of any accident, an accident report form must be completed. This should be kept securely in a marked file. Parents or carers must be informed of any accident. The Church’s Safeguarding Officer also needs to be informed.
Providing an Independent Person
Children should have the opportunity to raise any concerns about any health and safety or protection matters. A notice will be placed on the noticeboard of the church and at all church premises with the name of the parish Safeguarding Officer, Childline and Family Life telephone numbers and of any other independent person the parish appoints to afford this opportunity.
The Safeguarding Officer for St. Michel du Valle is:
Tel: 01481 247021
If an allegation is received concerning the behaviour of an adult, it will be investigated without delay. The Safeguarding Officer and Church Officials are duty-bound to pass it on to the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser and, in rare cases where immediate safety may be in jeopardy, to the police or the Guernsey Multi-Agency Support Hub. Procedures are laid down and will be followed.
Application of the Policy
The Rector and Churchwardens expect all church workers to follow this Safeguarding Policy.
- All new workers, whether paid or voluntary, working for the Vale Church and its organisations, will be informed of the policy by the Rector, the Safeguarding Officer or the group leader. They will be expected to accept the policy and guidelines and work according to their requirements.
- All new members of the CAC will be required to accept the policy and guidelines. The CAC will oversee the Policy, and it will be placed on the Agenda of the CAC at least annually for review.
- The CAC will appoint a Safeguarding Officer and will inform the Church House administrator of their details.
The Rector and Churchwardens will follow the recruitment process included in the Deanery Safeguarding Guidelines. References, the Confidential Declaration and a Disclosure and Barring Check via the Diocesan system will be obtained. Appointment to any post, paid or voluntary, will not be made until these processes are complete. All appointments will be made on a conditional basis until the completion of a satisfactory probationary period. All those working with children and vulnerable adults will follow the good practice guidelines in the Diocesan Safeguarding Children Policy and Guidelines.
The CAC will ensure that there is adequate insurance cover for all activities involving children and vulnerable adults.
Concerns About or Reported by a Child
This parish will follow the Diocesan Guidelines and report any concern to the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser.
Group leaders will be required to attend Safeguarding Awareness Training every three years, provided by the Diocese, Deanery or by the States of Guernsey. The parish will consider its training needs at the time it reviews the Safeguarding Policy. If specific needs are identified the parish will consult with the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser.
The Safeguarding Officer will review the parish policy annually and report to the CAC, who will record this review in their minutes. The CAC will inform the Dean via the visitation that this has been done.
To be reviewed June 2019