St Michael’s Bray with Braywood Safeguarding Policy.   

                                  SAFEGUARDING POLICY PROMOTING A SAFER CHURCH 
           The following policy will be reviewed at the Parochial Church Council (PCC) meeting held on 15/7/20. 
            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 and caring place for all.
  • Have a named Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO) (Natasha Teeder) to work with the incumbent and the PCC to implement policy and procedures.
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • Each person who works within this church community will agree to abide by this policy and the guidelines established by this church. 

Key Roles:

Parish Safeguarding Officer and Children’s Advocate. Natasha Teeder, Tel: 01628 674469

Appointing Body Convened when needed. At least two people: the incumbent or a churchwarden, and the Safeguarding Officer.

For DBS checks. Recruiter, Verifiers and administrator. Lesley Burch, Tel: 01628 629979

Registered body for DBS Disclosures: APCS (Access Personal Checking Services Limited) Incumbent: Rev. Ainsley Swift Churchwardens: Sian Adams and Helen Pearson

Date: 06/07/19St Michael’s Parish Church Bray with Braywood       

For more information: Promoting a Safer Church