The Parish of St Mary Penwortham
SAFEGUARDING POLICY STATEMENT - PROMOTING A SAFER CHURCH
The following policy was agreed at the Parochial Church Council (PCC) meeting held in June 2018 and updated in December 2019 to take effect on 1st
January, 2020 in respect of a change of our Parish Safeguarding Officer highlighted in bold below.
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
- Caring pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse and other
- 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
The Parish will:
- Create a safe and caring place for all.
- Have a named Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO) 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
Each person who works within this church community will agree to abide by this policy
and the guidelines established by this church.
This church appointed Gareth Allen as the Parish Safeguarding Officer (PS0) with effect from 1st January, 2020 having taken over from Clair
Incumbent: Revd Chris Nelson.
Churchwardens: David Thornton: Jill Howe: John Kay.
Version 1 – June 2018: Updated