Here at St Barnabas, we are committed to safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults. We want our children and young people to thrive, have fun and meet with God - all in a safe environment. We adhere to the London Diocese Safeguarding Policy which is contained in ‘Promoting a Safer Diocese’ (2018) and further guidance can be sought from the National Church’s Safeguarding Policies and Practice Guidance. Our CSOs, clergy and parish staff refer to the National Church’s Parish Safeguarding Handbook for advice on responding to concerns.
PCC SAFEGUARDING POLICY STATEMENT
ST BARNABAS, NORTH LONDON
Every person has a value and dignity which comes directly from the creation of male and female in God’s own image and likeness. Christians see this potential as fulfilled by God’s re-creation of us in Christ. This implies a duty to value all people as bearing the image of God and therefore to protect them from harm. We accept and endorse the principles set out in ‘Safeguarding in the Diocese of London’.
We commit ourselves to nurture, protect and safeguard all our members, particularly children, young people and vulnerable adults.
We recognise that safeguarding is the responsibility of the whole church community.
We undertake to exercise proper care in the selection, appointment, training and support of those working in both paid and voluntary positions with children or vulnerable adults, including the use of Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosures and making appropriate referrals to the Disclosure and Barring Service.
We will respond without delay to concerns or allegations that a child or vulnerable adult may have been harmed, cooperating with the police and social care services in any investigation.
We will challenge any abuse of power by anyone in a position of trust.
We will seek to offer pastoral care and support to anyone who has suffered abuse, developing with them appropriate pastoral support.
We will seek to offer pastoral care and support, including supervision and referral to the proper authorities, to any member of our church community known to have offended against a child, young person or vulnerable adult.
The PCC of this Church agreed and adopted the above Policy at its meeting on 21 May 2018.
OUR SAFEGUARDING TEAM
Our Safeguarding Officers are the first people to speak to if you have any concerns around the welfare of a child or vulnerable adult.
020 8343 5781
020 8343 5770
The Children’s Champions are here to be an advocate for all children in all areas of Parish life, making sure their views are heard and their needs are thought of.
020 8343 6134
020 8343 6133
For any concerns or questions, please contact the Safeguarding Officers.
In an emergency/Out of Hours, please call:
CCPAS (The Churches' Child Protection Advisory Service)
24-hour Helpline on 0845 120 4550
or Emergency services:999
Childline: 0800 1111 or Parentline: 0808 800 2222