With safeguarding in the public eye again this week, we’d like to take a moment to remind you how seriously we take safeguarding in the parish. We follow all the requirements of the House of Bishops’ policy and the church legislative requirements. We practice safe recruiting and we have a parish safeguarding officer. We have participated in the diocese’s safeguarding training and follow the requirement for this to be refreshed every three years. There is signposting on the parish website and noticeboards about who to contact in case there are any issues anyone wishes to raise. The diocese’s and our approach to handling any situation that does arise is best described as ‘survivor led.’
We believe that these measures meet with best practice in any organisation or community setting aimed at welcoming people of all ages, especially children, young people and vulnerable adults.
The last thing to say is that should anyone have any concerns they can be raised with:
- Tori Redding, Michael Reynolds or Andy Pike, our parish safeguarding officers
- the diocesan team on firstname.lastname@example.org
- or email@example.com the national safeguarding team
The national church’s statement and our own bishop’s response to this week’s BBC 2 documentary can be read here