Safeguarding

At St. George’s we want everyone to be safe.

The PCC have adopted the House of Bishop’s ‘Promoting a Safer Church; safeguarding policy statement’.

SAFEGUARDING POLICY STATEMENT

In accordance with the Church of England Safeguarding Policy our church is committed to: 

  • 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.

The Parish will:  

  • Create a safe, caring and welcoming place for all.
  • Have a named Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO) to work with the incumbent and the PCC to implement policy and procedures.
  • Identify an independent person who is named and accessible to all in contact with the Church
  • Ensure that there is appropriate insurance cover for all activities involving children and adults undertaken in the name of the parish.
  • Display in church premises and on the Parish website the details of who to contact if there are safeguarding concerns or support needs.
  • Listen to and take seriously all those who disclose abuse.
  • Take steps to protect children and adults when a safeguarding concern of any kind arises, following House of Bishops guidance, including notifying the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA) and statutory agencies immediately.
  • Offer support to victims/survivors of abuse regardless of the type of abuse, when or where it occurred.
  • Care for and monitor any member of the church community who may pose a risk to children and adults whilst maintaining appropriate confidentiality and the safety of all parties. 
  • Ensure that health and safety policy, procedures and risk assessments are in place and that these are reviewed annually.
  • Review the implementation of the Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and Practices at least annually.
  • Form an Appointments Panel comprising the Incumbent and two other P.C.C members (including at least one woman). 
  • Safely recruit, train and support all those with any responsibility for children, young people and adults to have the confidence and skills to recognise and respond to abuse.
  • Maintain Personal Disclosure and Reference records of all leaders and occasional helpers with access to children and young people. 
  • Maintain a register safely recruited children and youth leaders.
  • Acknowledge that being convicted, cautioned or bound over for a criminal offence does not automatically debar an individual from working with children or young people.
  • Maintain records of information and permission forms and health and parents’ consent forms. Authorise children’s and youth programmes and activities carried out on behalf of the church council on a regular basis. 
  • Ensure groups who are not part of the Church but hire rooms for activities are asked if they have DBS Checks, adequate insurance and a child protection policy and to see evidence of this. If the group does not have a Child Protection Policy they would be asked to adopts the Diocesan policy.

Each person who works within this church community will agree to abide by this policy and the guidelines established by this church.

This church appoints Maddie Cullum as the Parish Safeguarding Officer 

Incumbent – Revd Richard Grant

Churchwardens – Matt Waterfield and Pete Jobes

Full copies of the Church of England, Diocese of Durham safeguarding policy and Safer Recruitment policy can be found online: http://durhamdiocese.org/safeguarding-abuse-concerns/

WHO CAN I SPEAK TO?

If someone is at immediate risk to themselves or others please contact the emergency services by calling 999. 

If you have any concerns around the welfare of a child or adult, you should speak to:

Rev. Rich Grant, Priest-In-Charge

rich.grant@gateshead.church

Maddie Cullum, Designated Safeguarding Lead

maddie.cullum@gateshead.church

If you would prefer to speak with someone outside the church, the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, Beth Miller, can be contacted:

Mobile: 07968034075    

Email: beth@bethmillerisw.co.uk | beth.miller@durham.anglican.org