Melksham Team Ministry

Serving the communities of Melksham, East Melksham, Beanacre, Bowerhill, Berryfield and Forest

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Saturday 21st October 2017

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Melksham Team Ministry Safeguarding Policy.

“Every good gift and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”

                                                                                                                         James 1.17

Purpose

The purpose of this Safeguarding Policy is to ensure procedures are in place and people are clear about their roles and responsibilities regarding children and vulnerable adults in our care and using our premises.

This policy conforms to the requirements of the Diocese of Salisbury Safeguarding and Good Practice Guidelines and the Government document, ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’. These guidelines can be found on the Salisbury Diocese website and the Wiltshire website Wisenet.

Commitment

We are committed to promoting and supporting environments which:

·         Ensure that all people feel welcomed, respected and safe from abuse.

·         Enable children and young people to be active contributors to the church community.

·         Protect children, young people and vulnerable adults[1] from actual or potential harm.

·         Encourage adults who may be vulnerable to lead as independent a life as possible, to choose how to lead their life and to be active contributors to the church community.

·         Enable and encourage concerns to be raised and responded to openly and consistently.

We recognise that:

·         The welfare of the child, young person or vulnerable adult is paramount.

·         All children and adults who may be vulnerable, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation, or identity have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse.

·         Abuse of children and vulnerable adults can occur in all communities and is most likely to occur within families and by people known to them.

·         Working in partnership with vulnerable adults and children, their parents/carers and other agencies is essential in promoting their welfare.


 

We will endeavour to safeguard children and adults who may be vulnerable by:

·         Valuing, listening to and respecting them.

·         Fostering and encouraging best practice by setting standards for working with children, young people and vulnerable adults in cooperation with statutory bodies, voluntary agencies and other faith communities.

·         Ensuring that when we use technology we use best practice guidelines.  Therefore, all communications between adults and young people or vulnerable adults, by whatever method, should take place within clear and explicit professional boundaries. This includes the use of social media, mobile phones, text messages, emails, digital cameras, videos and blogs.

In our recruitment of paid staff and volunteers we will follow Diocesan Procedures by:

·         Ensuring careful selection and recruitment of ordained and lay ministers, voluntary workers, paid workers with children, young people and vulnerable adults, in line with safe recruitment principles and checks.

·         Carefully training and supporting all those with any responsibility within the church in line with safe recruitment principles.

·         We will seek to challenge any abuse of power especially by anyone in a position of trust.

·         In all these principles we will follow legislation, guidance and recognise good practice.

When concerns are raised we commit to follow the Diocesan procedures by:

·         Responding without delay to every concern raised.

·         Causes for concern, observations of inappropriate behaviour and complaints should be raised with the relevant group leader or a member of the clergy who is required to inform the designated Parish safeguarding representative without delay.  He/she will then follow the Diocesan safeguarding procedure.

In our care we will:

·         Ensure that informed and appropriate pastoral care is offered to any child, young person or vulnerable adult who has suffered abuse, including support to make a complaint if so desired.

·         Ensure that appropriate pastoral care is provided for any member of our church community known to have offended against a vulnerable adult, or child, or who may pose a risk to them.

Other groups on church premises.

Where a church building is hired for outside use the person hiring will be required to sign a letting agreement.  This letting agreement is to make it clear that the hiring body is required to ensure that children and adults who may be vulnerable are protected at all times, by taking reasonable steps to prevent injury, illness or damage and that they carry full liability for this.

The hiring body should abide by their own safe guarding policy if they have one, otherwise by that of the church with whom they have a hiring agreement.

Register of People Authorised to Work with Children and Vulnerable Adults

We will maintain a register of those authorised to work with children and vulnerable groups. Every authorised person and volunteer will hold an appropriate current DBS certificate if necessary.

The PCC will review this policy annually.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



[1] In the church context a vulnerable adult is not only anyone over the age of 18 who by reason of mental or other disability, age, illness may be considered vulnerable, but also anyone who comes forward for prayer, particularly if it involves inner healing. This categorisation may be a temporary or permanent and is determined by such a person being unable to protect themselves against exploitation or significant harm.