OUR SAFEGUARDING POLICY:
We take the care of children and vulnerable adults very seriously and work hard to ensure that we operate in line with current best practice, as recommended by the Diocese of London and the Church of England.
We believe the care and protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults who are involved in church activities is the responsibility of the whole Church. Everyone who participates in the life of the Church has a role to play in promoting a Safer Church for all.
The PCC of St. Andrews adopts the Safeguarding Policy Statement of the Church of England that was agreed and published by the House of Bishops in 2017 as summarised in the Promoting a Safer Diocese policy document from the Diocese of London in November 2018. The policy makes six overarching policy commitments:
Promoting a safer environment and culture
Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children, young people and vulnerable adults within the Church
Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation
Caring pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse and other affected persons
Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns or allegations of abuse and other affected persons
Responding to those that may pose a present risk to others.
If you would like more information or have any concerns please speak to a member of staff or contact any of these people:
Safeguarding Officer - Marc Stacey
Children’s Champion - Edward Millais
Churchwardens - Marc Stacey
OTHER HELPFUL INFORMATION:
Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers
Telephone: 020 7932 1224
Thirtyone:Eight’s 24-hour helpline - 0303 003 1111
Family Lives - 0808 800 222
Childline - 0800 1111
Domestic Abuse help
Telephone: 0808 2000 247
National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 - freephone, 24-hour.
National Centre for Domestic Violence - free, fast emergency injunction service.
24 hour Telephone: 0800 970 2070