Safeguarding

This is the safeguarding statement for our church

Safeguarding Policy and Procedures
All Saints Church, Offord Darcy with Offord Cluny
Safeguarding Statement for Children and Vulnerable Adults
All Saints, Offord Cluny with Offord Darcy is committed to safeguarding all those who attend the
worship and other activities that we offer. We follow the House of Bishops’ Policy, ‘Protecting All
God’s Children’ (2010), and the Diocese of Ely Safeguarding Policy and Procedures (2011).
http://www.elydiocese.org/who-we-are1/sa
We seek to create a culture where everyone is included, respected, listened to, and taken seriously.
We accept the prime duty of care for children and vulnerable adults, and have appointed a
safeguarding co-ordinator to ensure that what we do is informed by up-to-date policies and
procedures from local and national authorities.
Our safeguarding co-ordinator is: Rev David Sheppard Tel no 07792128503
We follow recommended safeguarding practice in recruiting, training and supporting our ordained
and lay ministers, our employees and our volunteers. Recruitment includes Disclosure and Barring
Service checks for those working regularly or substantially with children and/or vulnerable adults.
Health and safety policies are in place and we have provided adequate insurance cover for all
activities undertaken in the name of the parish. All those working on behalf of the parish have
agreed to comply with the safeguarding policy and with the good practice guidelines for their work.
We respond without delay to any complaint that a child or vulnerable adult in our care may have
been harmed by the behaviour of an employee or volunteer working on behalf of the church. We
always seek advice on such matters from outside this church, and we will co-operate with statutory
agencies during any enquiries they need to make into allegations against a member of the church
community. During those enquiries we will do our best to ensure that those making an allegation,
and those against whom an allegation is made, are supported appropriately.
We seek to offer informed pastoral care and support to any child or adult whose life has been
affected by abuse, whether the abuse was recent or long ago. Where there is a current risk to
vulnerable people that has not yet been brought to light, we support the person who has suffered
abuse in taking information to the appropriate agencies.
This church wishes to welcome and support all members of its community. Those who have a
history of offences against children or vulnerable adults, and/or who may pose a risk to them are
offered a supportive agreement to help them take part in church life; they are supported pastorally,
and boundaries are set to protect those who might be vulnerable within the church. Confidential
safeguarding agreements are the responsibility of the Bishop’s Safeguarding Adviser and the
incumbent, who work together.
We regularly review the Diocese of Ely Safeguarding Policy and Procedures and update our own
safeguarding statement. We welcome comments from those using our services on how we could
improve our awareness and safeguarding practices.
The next review of this statement is due in: February 2022

Statement adopted by All Saints PCCC on 09.03.2021

For further information about safeguarding please access the Diocesan web site through the following link.

http://www.elydiocese.org/safeguarding

Contact the Safeguarding team

Reporting new safeguarding referrals and concerns

Safeguarding Duty Messaging Service: 01353 652747 

  • Please leave a message with your number and a brief explanation of the reason for your call. The team member on duty will be alerted to your message and will call you back.
  • (Please do not use the Safeguarding Duty Messaging Service number for queries about DBS checks, training or recruitment issues)
  • A Safeguarding Advisor will call you back to discuss your referral. We will give professional advice and support and together with you agree a plan to manage the next steps.
The Church of England, its archbishops, bishops, clergy and leaders are committed to safeguarding as an integral part of the life and ministry of the Church. Safeguarding means the action the Church takes to promote a safer culture.This means we will promote the welfare of children, young people and adults, work to prevent abuse from occurring, seek to protect those that are at risk of being abused and respond well to those that have been abused. We will take care to identify where a person may present a risk to others, and offer support to them whilst taking steps to mitigate such risks. The Church of England affirms the ‘Whole Church’ approach to safeguarding.This approach encompasses a commitment to consistent policy and practice across all Church bodies, Church Officers and that everyone associated with the Church, who comes into contact with children, young people and adults, has a role to play. The Church will take appropriate steps to maintain a safer environment for all and to practice fully and positively Christ’s Ministry towards children, young people and adults; to respond sensitively and compassionately to their needs in order to help keep them safe from harm.Promoting a Safer Church, 2017The Safeguarding Team continue to work as usual, but remotely. All team members have access to emails and are available on their mobile telephone numbers.Contact the Safeguarding teamReporting new safeguarding referrals and concernsSafeguarding Duty Messaging Service: 01353 652747 Please leave a message with your number and a brief explanation of the reason for your call. The team member on duty will be alerted to your message and will call you back.(Please do not use the Safeguarding Duty Messaging Service number for queries about DBS checks, training or recruitment issues)A Safeguarding Advisor will call you back to discuss your referral. We will give professional advice and support and together with you agree a plan to manage the next steps.Please note that messages left on the Duty Messaging Service outside normal office hours will be reviewed periodically but may not be responded to immediately. In a safeguarding emergency please contact the Police or Social Care.In addition, Safe Spaces is an independent service supporting survivors of church-related abuse.This independent service is run by the charity Victim Support and funded by the Church of England together with the Catholic Church in England and Wales and the Church in Wales.It is free to access via telephone – 0300 303 1056 (answerphone available outside of opening times), email – safespaces@victimsupport.org or web-chat via www.safespacesenglandandwales.org.uk/Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser: Rebecca BoswellEmail: rebecca.boswell@elydiocese.orgMobile No: 07904 487912Hours of work 9am-5pm Monday to FridayAssistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser: Sharon Gage (part-time) Email sharon.gage@elydiocese.org Mobile No: 07507 741295Hours of work 9.30am -2.30pm Monday to ThursdayAssistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser: Lisa Pearson (part-time)E-mail: lisa.pearson@elydiocese.orgMobile No: 07990 581267Hours of work 9am-5pm Monday to Thursday
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