HOLY TRINITY CHURCH
CHILD PROTECTION POLICY
Section 1 – Holy Trinity Church
- Our Church Policy
The members of Holy Trinity Church commit themselves to the nurturing, protection and safekeeping of the children and young people in our care.
- It is the responsibility of all church members to do their best to prevent the physical, sexual and emotional abuse of children and young people and to report any abuse, alleged or suspected.
- We will respond without delay to any complaints made, that a child or young person for whom we are responsible may have been harmed.
- We will work towards the code of good practice when working with children and young people and create a culture of ‘informed vigilance’ which children and all adults in the church can take seriously.
- We are committed to supporting, resourcing and training those who work with children and young people. We will provide supervision for workers because it recognizes this as important in the maintaining of good practice.
- We will ensure that all those who have any responsibility for children or young people under the age of 18 years have been through a "Safer Recruitment process" and where appropriate we will ask for an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) certificate.
- The Parochial church Council (PCC) will accept responsibility for the appointment of leaders and ensure that each person who works with children or young people receives a copy of this policy and is familiar with the policy, procedure and guidelines that are in place in the church.
- This church is committed to following the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham Policy of Child Protection and the House of Bishops’ Policy, “Protecting all God’s Children” which is the Child Protection for the Church of England (2004).
- The PCC accepts the intention of the Children Act 1989 that the welfare of the child is paramount.
- We have a Health and Safety Policy in place and will ensure risk assessments of all activities are in place.
- Passing on concerns
If the PCC or church organisation has to remove someone from work with children and young people it is likely to have a legal duty to refer information to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and consult the local authority. We will consult the Diocesan Safeguarding Officer (Martin Hollingsworth) first if this situation may be arising.
- We have a child protection Named Person to work with the Vicar and PCC to implement policy and procedures.
- The PCC will undertake to display a copy of this policy statement in a prominent place on church premises so that all may be aware of its existence.
Our independent person who children, youth workers and volunteers may talk to if they wish about any concerns is:
Mrs Julie Payne
This policy statement will be renewed annually and progress in carrying it out will be monitored by the Child Protection Named Person who is