Safeguarding is the action the church takes to promote a safer culture
At All Saints we do this by:
• Promoting a safer environment and culture
• Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children and Vulnerable adults in 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 who may pose a risk to others.
In October 2020 senior church leadership stated:
“Safeguarding is valuing every person as one who is made in God’s image. It is the prevention of harm, and the promotion of well-being. It is about responding compassionately to victims and survivors, addressing issues of justice with regard to survivors, other complainants, respondents and all others affected and helping them to rebuild their lives. Safeguarding is fundamental to our faith. Whatever part we play in the life of the Church, safeguarding is the responsibility of each one of us, guided and advised by our safeguarding professionals. Church leaders have a particular responsibility to work together to bring about the change in culture and practice that we need to see.”
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, Archbishop of York Stephen Cottrell,
Lead Safeguarding Bishop Jonathan Gibbs, National Director of Safeguarding Melissa Caslake
The Church Council recognises the importance of safeguarding and has agreed a policy statement at its October 2020 meeting. It is available on our notice board in church.
Our Safeguarding Officer is Judith Rigby
Tel: 711 042 849, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please feel free to contact her or the Revd Ron Corne, the chaplain, if you wish to discuss any aspect of safeguarding.