Policy: Safeguarding Children

Parish of Bishops Hatfield: St Michael and All Angels

Policy for Safeguarding Children

This policy was adopted by Bishops Hatfield: St Michael and All Angels at a Parochial Church Council meeting held on Monday 13th May 2019
St Michael and All Angels adopts the guidelines of the Church of England and the Diocese.

We are committed to promoting and supporting environments which:
• are youth-friendly and child-friendly and nurture their positive development
• enable children and young people to be active contributors to the church community
• protect children and young people from actual or potential harm
• enable and encourage concerns to be raised and responded to openly and consistently.

We recognise that:
• the welfare of the child or young person is paramount
• all children (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 can occur in all communities and is most likely to occur within families and by people known to the child
• working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare.

We will endeavour to safeguard children and young people by:
In all our activities –
• valuing, listening to and respecting children and young people
• fostering and encouraging best practice by setting standards for working with children and young people, in co-operation with statutory bodies, voluntary agencies and other faith communities

In our recruitment of paid staff and volunteers, following Diocesan procedures in –
• ensuring careful selection and recruitment of ordained and lay ministers as appropriate, voluntary workers, and paid workers with children and young people, in line with safer recruitment principles and checks
• providing supervision, support and training

In our publicity –
• sharing information about good safeguarding practice with children, parents, and all those working with them
• following the rules and guidelines of GDPR

When concerns are raised, we at St Michael and All Angels follow Diocesan procedures in –
• responding without delay to every concern raised that a child or young person may have been harmed, or be at risk from harm; or about the behaviour of an adult or child
• working with the diocese and appropriate statutory bodies during an investigation into child abuse, including when allegations are made against a member of the church community
• challenging any abuse of power, especially by anyone in a position of trust

In our care –
• ensuring that informed and appropriate pastoral care is offered to any child, young person or adult who has suffered abuse
• ensuring that appropriate pastoral care is offered to any member of our church community against whom an allegation is made

In our supervision, following Diocesan procedures in –
• ensuring, in partnership with the diocese and other agencies, that care and supervision is provided for any member of our church community known to have offended against a child or young person, or to pose a risk to them.

We are committed to reviewing our policy and procedures annually.

Incumbent: Revd. Paul Seymour
Churchwarden: Mrs. Nikki Shilton
Churchwarden: Mr. Kim Banham
Date: 13th May 2019