Safeguarding

Safeguarding Information

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.

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.

Parish Safeguarding Officer

Although safeguarding is the responsibility of everyone here at St Peter and St Paul Little Gaddesden, the PCC has appointed Heather Tisbury as Safeguarding Officer and can be contacted about any safeguarding matter at safeguarding@littlegaddesdenchurch.org.uk or on 01582 842807.

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser

Jez Hirst
Diocese of St Albans, Holywell Lodge, 41 Holywell Hill, St Albans AL1 1HE
01727 818107 | 07867 350886 | safeguarding@stalbans.anglican.org

Two very useful links:

More information on the Church of England’s National Safeguarding can be found here: www.churchofengland.org/safeguarding.

More information about Safeguarding in the Diocese of St. Albans can be found here: https://www.stalbans.anglican.org/diocese/safeguarding.

Little Gaddesden Church has adopted the following safeguarding policies.

Policy for Safeguarding Children 2020

This Policy was agreed following the electronic consultation with the Parochial Church Council on 23rd November 2020:

  • We are committed to implementing a safeguarding children policy and accepting the Church of England Policy Protecting All God’s Children (4th edition 2010) and to be responsive to local parish requirements.
  • As a PCC we formally adopt  the Houses of Bishops’ ‘ Promoting a Safer Church safeguarding policy statement ‘ and work to the House of Bishops’ safeguarding guidance, reporting the progress of our duty of compliance at each APCM.
  • We will appoint a designated Parish Safeguarding Officer.
  • We will review and endorse the safeguarding policies annually so that all members are aware of their responsibilities.
  • The highest standards will be maintained in all the Church’s contacts with children,  young people and vulnerable adults and volunteers will be given appropriate support and opportunities for training.  Safeguarding Activity Risk Assessments will be completed for each church activity.
  • We will respond without delay to every complaint made that a child or young person for whom we are responsible may have been harmed.
  • We will report any safeguarding incidents to the Diocesan Safeguarding Officer and in compliance with the Charity Commission delegation of reporting guidance    
  • This Parish will co‐operate fully with the statutory agencies in every situation and will not conduct its own investigations.
  • We will seek to offer informed pastoral care to any child, young person or adult who has suffered abuse.
  • We will care for and supervise any member of our church community known to have offended against a child.
  • The PCC acknowledges its responsibility for all work with children, young people and vulnerable adults done in the name of the Church and requires all those engaged in such work to be properly appointed and supported in accordance with the Church of England Practice Guidance: Safer Recruitment  (July 2016).

We have appointed as our Parish Safeguarding Officer: Heather Tisbury
Date: 23rd November 2020

Policy for Safeguarding Adults when they are Vulnerable 2020

This Policy was agreed following electronic consultation with the Parochial Church Council on 23rd November 2020:

  • We recognise that everyone has different levels of vulnerability and that all adults should be offered respect and given inclusion and empowerment within the Church.
  • We are committed to implementing a safeguarding policy for adults when they are vulnerable accepting the Church of England Policy on Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults and be responsive to local parish requirements.
  • As a PCC we formally adopt  the Houses of Bishops’ ‘Promoting a Safer Church safeguarding policy statement’ and work to the House of Bishops’ safeguarding guidance, reporting the progress of our duty of compliance at each APCM.
  • We will appoint a designated Parish Safeguarding Officer.
  • We will review and endorse all safeguarding policies annually so that all members are aware of their responsibilities.
  • We will carefully select those working with vulnerable groups and these workers will be given appropriate support and opportunities for training. Safeguarding Activity Risk Assessments will be completed for each church activity.
  • We will respond without delay to every complaint made that a vulnerable adult for whom we are responsible may have been harmed.
  • We will report any safeguarding incidents to the Diocesan Safeguarding Officer and in compliance with the Charity Commission delegation of reporting guidance   
  • This Parish will co‐operate fully with the statutory agencies in every situation and will not conduct its own investigations.
  • We will seek to offer informed pastoral care to any adult who has suffered abuse.
  • We will care for and supervise any member of our church community known to have offended in a manner which could affect adults who are vulnerable.
  • The PCC acknowledges its responsibility for all work with vulnerable people done in the name of the Church and requires all those engaged in such work to be properly appointed and supported in accordance with the Church of England Practice Guidance: Safer Recruitment (July 2016).

We have appointed as our Parish Safeguarding Officer:   Heather Tisbury
Date: 23rd November 2020

Parish Statement on Domestic Abuse

Policy for Responding to Domestic Abuse

All forms of domestic abuse are wrong and must stop. We are committed to promoting and supporting environments which:

  • ensure that all people feel welcomed, respected and safe from abuse;
  • protect those vulnerable to domestic abuse from actual or potential harm;
  • recognise equality amongst people and within relationships;
  • enable and encourage concerns to be raised and responded to appropriately and consistently.

We recognise that:

  • all forms of domestic abuse cause damage to the survivor and express an imbalance of power in the relationship;
  • all survivors (regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity) have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse;
  • domestic abuse can occur in all communities;
  • domestic abuse may be a single incident, but is usually a systematic, repeated pattern which escalates in severity and frequency;
  • domestic abuse, if witnessed or overheard by a child, is a form of abuse by the perpetrator of the abusive behaviour;
  • working in partnership with children, adults and other agencies is essential in promoting the welfare of any child or adult suffering abuse.

We will endeavour to respond to domestic abuse by:

In all our activities –

  • valuing, listening to and respecting both survivors and alleged or known perpetrators of domestic abuse.

In our publicity –

  • raising awareness about other agencies, support services, resources and expertise, through providing information in public and women-only areas of relevance to survivors, children and alleged or known perpetrators of domestic abuse.

When concerns are raised –

  • ensuring that those who have experienced abuse can find safety and informed help;
  • working with the appropriate statutory bodies during an investigation into domestic abuse, including when allegations are made against a member of the church community.

In our care –

  • ensuring that informed and appropriate pastoral care is offered to any child, young person or adult who has suffered abuse;
  • identifying and outlining the appropriate relationship of those with pastoral care responsibilities with both survivors and alleged or known perpetrators of domestic abuse.

If you have any concerns or need to talk to any one please contact Heather Tisbury (Parish Safeguarding Officer)

Agreed following electronic consultation with PCC
Date: 23rd November 2020


Parish Safeguarding Officer

Heather Tisbury
Tel: 01582 842807
Email: safeguarding@littlegaddesdenchurch.org.uk

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser

Jez Hirst
Tel: 01727 818107 or 07867 350886
Email: safeguarding@stalbans.anglican.org