Policy on the Safeguarding of Children and Adults
This statement was adopted by Locking Castle Church at an Ecumenical Church Council meeting held on 14th December 2015 and reviewed 7th February 2022. This policy will be reviewed each year to monitor the progress which has been achieved.
- We recognize that everyone has different levels of vulnerability and that each of us may be regarded as vulnerable at some time in our lives.
- As members of this church we commit ourselves to respectful pastoral care for all children and adults to whom we minister.
- We commit ourselves to the safeguarding of people who may be vulnerable, ensuring their well-being in the life of this church.
- We commit ourselves to promoting safe practice by those in positions of trust.
- Locking Castle Church commits itself to promoting the inclusion and empowerment of people who may be vulnerable.
- It is the responsibility of each of us to prevent the physical, emotional, sexual, financial and spiritual abuse of vulnerable people and to report any such abuse that we discover or suspect.
- We undertake to exercise proper care in the appointment and selection of those who will work with people who may be vulnerable.
- Locking Castle Church is committed to supporting, resourcing, training and regularly reviewing those who undertake work amongst people who may be vulnerable.
- Locking Castle Church follows the national Church of England practice guidance included in the Parish Safeguarding Handbook.
- Each person who works with vulnerable people will agree to abide by the recommendations and the guidelines established by the policy and the Ecumenical Church Council of Locking Castle Church.
Locking Castle Church appoints Suzanne Pearse to represent the concerns and views of vulnerable people at our meetings and to outside bodies, as the church safeguarding officer
Church Officer: Andrew Watts and Daniel Dinsmore
ECC Safeguarding Lead: Alison Castry
Safeguarding Officer: Andrew Watts (email: safeguarding ‘at’ lockingcastlechurch.org)
Date: 7th February 2022
Useful telephone numbers and links:
Bath and Wells Diocesan Safeguarding Team (Ben Goodhind): 07834 514842
North Somerset LADO (Local Authority Designated Officer): Julie Bishop 07967 817022
To report safeguarding concerns or abuse via the Diocese of Bath and Wells please click here
North Somerset Council Children’s Social Care: 01275 888 808
North Somerset Council Adult Social Care: 01275 888 801
Avon and Somerset Police: 999