As the Leadership (Vicar, Wardens and PCCs of St George’s and St Paul’s) we recognise the need to provide a safe and caring environment for children, young people and vulnerable adults. We acknowledge that children, young people and vulnerable adults can be the victims of physical, sexual and emotional abuse, and neglect. We accept the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant of Human Rights, which states that everyone is entitled to “all the rights and freedoms set forth therein, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status”. We also concur with the Convention on the Rights of the Child which states that children should be able to develop their full potential, free from hunger and want, neglect and abuse. They have a right to be protected from “all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment or exploitation, including sexual abuse, while in the care of parent(s), legal guardian(s), or any other person who has care of the child.” As a Leadership we have therefore adopted the procedures set out in this safeguarding policy in accordance with statutory guidance. We are committed to build constructive links with statutory and voluntary agencies involved in safeguarding.
Our safeguarding policy and practice guidelines are based on information from the Churches' Child Protection Advisory Service (CCPAS) and prepared in conjunction with the guidelines issued by the Diocese of Exeter.
The Leadership undertakes to:
- endorse and follow all national and local safeguarding legislation and procedures, in addition to the international conventions outlined above.
- provide on-going safeguarding training for all its workers and will annually review the operational guidelines attached.
- ensure that all reasonable measures are taken to ensure that the premises will meet the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and all other relevant legislation, and that it is welcoming and inclusive.
- support the Parish Safeguarding Representatives in their work and in any action they may need to take in order to protect children and vulnerable adults.
The Leadership recognises that this safeguarding policy is just one means of promoting safeguarding. Good communication is essential in promoting safeguarding, both to those we wish to protect, to everyone involved in working with children and vulnerable adults and to all those with whom we work in partnership.
If you have any safeguarding concerns, please speak directly to one of our safeguarding officers: Jenny Tower, Verity Yeates or Sheila Hannallah (details in church member's directory and in our weekly noticesheet):