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Safeguarding

Ensuring that children and young people, as well as adults are kept safe whilst in our care is an integral part of our church life. You can view the Church of England's Safeguarding policy statement for children, young people and adults here. Our Parish Safeguarding policy is at the bottom of this page

If you have any concerns about safeguarding please contact:

In the Parish: Ann Clark, Parish Safeguarding Co-ordinator, via the Church office on 01636815512, email at welfareholytrinitysouthwell@gmail.com

In the Diocese: at safeguarding@southwell.anglican.org, or contact the safeguarding team on 01636817200 (office hours)

Out of Hours for Children & Adults:
 

Nottinghamshire: 03004564546
 

Nottingham City Council: 01158761000
 

Bawtry: 01302796000

 

Child line: 08001111

 

NSPCC : 08088005000

 

NSPCC: 0800802020 

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Online Course

Safeguarding Training

The Diocese of Southwell runs safeguarding training courses throughout the year. See https://southwell.anglican.org/resources/resources-safeguarding/training/

for further details.

If you are in a role that requires you to attend training you can book a place directly.

Our expectation is also that everyone with any role at our church (whether or not it involves working directly with vulnerable groups) completes the Basic Awareness module. This can be undertaken online at https://safeguardingtraining.cofeportal.org/ 

DBS Certificates

Everyone working or volunteering at Holy Trinity in an eligible role with children or potentially vulnerable adults is required to apply for a DBS certificate at 3 yearly intervals. The Church Office can give details of how to apply.

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Policy

The following policy was agreed at the Parochial Church Council (PCC) meeting held on May 24th, 2023.

In accordance with the Church of England Safeguarding Policy our church is committed to:

  • Promoting a safer environment and culture.

  • Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children, young people and vulnerable adults within the church.

  • Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation.

  • Caring pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse and other affected persons.

  • Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns or allegations of abuse and other affected persons.

  • Responding to those that may pose a present risk to others.

 

The Parish will:

  • Create a safe and caring place for all.

  • Have a named Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO) to work with the incumbent and the PCC to implement policy and procedures.

  • Safely recruit, train and support all those with any responsibility for children, young people and adults to have the confidence and skills to recognise and respond to abuse.

  • Ensure that there is appropriate insurance cover for all activities involving children and adults undertaken in the name of the parish.

  • Display in church premises and on the Parish website the details of who to contact if there are safeguarding concerns or support needs.

  • Listen to and take seriously all those who disclose abuse.

  • Take steps to protect children and adults when a safeguarding concern of any kind arises, following House of Bishops guidance, including notifying the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA) and statutory agencies immediately.

  • Offer support to victims/survivors of abuse regardless of the type of abuse, when or where it occurred.

  • Care for and monitor any member of the church community who may pose a risk to children and adults whilst maintaining appropriate confidentiality and the safety of all parties.

  • Ensure that health and safety policy, procedures and risk assessments are in place and that these are reviewed annually.

  • Review the implementation of the Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and Practices at least annually.

 

Each person who works within this church community will agree to abide by this policy and the guidelines established by this church.

This church appoints   Ann Clark    as the Parish Safeguarding Officer

Incumbent Rev Andrew Porter

Churchwardens Chris Stead and Helen Geeson

Date: 24.5.2023

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