Safeguarding & Vulnerability Policy & Procedures
Safeguarding Codes of Practice
Every person has a value and dignity which comes directly from the creation of male and female 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 harm.
St Peter's is committed in all areas of its work to providing a safe, welcoming environment, where all people are treated with dignity and respect. It is the responsibility of everyone to prevent physical, sexual, or emotional abuse or spiritual, domestic abuse or neglect and to report any actual or suspected abuse that comes to light.
We are committed to:
- The care, nurture of, and respectful pastoral ministry with all children 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 a culture of ‘informed vigilance’ as to the dangers of abuse.
We will carefully select and train all those with any responsibility within St Peter's in line with safer recruitment principles, including the use of criminal record disclosures and registration with the relevant vetting and barring schemes. Every worker will undertake training in Safeguarding and seek to update their knowledge annually.
We will respond without delay to every complaint made which suggests that an adult, child or young person may have been harmed, co-operating with and being guided by the police, local authority and Diocese in any investigation.
We will seek to work with anyone who has suffered abuse, developing with him or her, an appropriate ministry based on informed and collaborative pastoral care.
We will seek to challenge any abuse of power, especially by anyone in a position of trust.
We will seek to offer collaborative pastoral care and support, including supervision and referral to the proper authorities, to any member of our Parish community known to have offended against a child, young person or vulnerable adult. (See Ministry to Known Offenders procedures for more information.)
In all these principles we will follow legislation, guidance and recognised good practice.