CHRIST CHURCH WEST GREEN
POLICY ON SAFE-GUARDING
INTRODUCTION: CHILD PROTECTION POLICY
The Parochial Church Council is responsible for the safety of children and young people on church premises and in church sponsored activities elsewhere.
Our Parochial Church Council has a legal and moral duty to the children and young people in our parish; we also have a duty to our youth leaders.
A person working regularly with young people will be asked to make a declaration relating to any previous criminal convictions (a criminal record will not necessarily disqualify them: it depends on the type of offence against children). These recommendations apply to those who are involved in activities such as choirs as well as youth clubs and Sunday School.
A check should be carried out if a leader has submitted has substantial opportunity for unsupervised access to children and young people. This could be done by contacting a police liaison officer. A checking system is not a substitute or an alternative to proper recruitment policy.
INSURANCE AND LIABILITY
The parish should ensure that their Public Liability Insurance is enough to cover children and leaders in the event of possible accident or injury.
The church insurance policy only covers youth activities if the following conditions apply:
a) Those involved are exclusively Christ Church members.
b) The PCC as the insured party, has agreed to and accepted responsibility for the activity undertaken and has minuted this in its records in specific terms.
The local Social Services department should be informed in advance of the intention to provide any facilities, such as creche, holiday club or play scheme, that involves the care of under 8’s for more than two hours a day on six or more occasions during the year.
Guidance, support and opportunities to discuss their work should be available in the parish for both new and experienced you workers.
There should be a named person who will deal with claims of alleged abuse; that person should not be one of the clergy (who may have to deal with those involved in pastoral capacity) or one of the youth leaders.
All those involved with young people should be aware of the Health and Safety policy of the parish, be aware of safety issues and how to protect children from abuse.
PROCEDURE FOR THE SELECTION OF YOUTH WORKERS
The following factors are recommended as a good practice guide:
• Previous experience of looking after or working with young people
• If no previous experience, the worker should undertake training within the first 12 months
• Workers should have the ability to provide warm and consistent care
• Workers should be willing to respect the background and culture of all the children in their care
• Workers should be willing to make a commitment to treat all the young people as individuals and with equal concern
• Workers should be physically healthy, mentally stable, have integrity & flexibility
This procedure should be used sensitively, all information treated confidentially and the same process used for everyone.
STAFF / CHILDREN RATIOS
For the protection of young people and youth workers there should always be at least tow workers no matter how small the group.
Suggested staff to young people ratio on or away from the church premises would be:
Leaders Young People Very young children need a high ratio of adults
No less than 2 0 – 12 to children; e.g. 1 – 2 one adult for every 3
No less than 3 13 – 24 children
No less than 4 30
The gender of leaders should reflect the group, i.e. there should be at least one male leader if possible when there are boys present and always at least one female leader when there are girls present.
TAKING CHILDREN OFF THE PREMISES
If young people are to be taken off church premises at any time written permission from parents / guardians must be obtained.
If young people are to be transported in a car or other vehicle the parents / guardians must be informed.
Persons transporting children in a car should make sure that their insurance covers transportation of children on this basis and parents should be informed of this necessity.
A list of names, addresses and next of kin of all the children and workers who are away from the church premises should always be available in a secure place in the parish. Leaders should also have such a list.
REGULATIONS FOR LEADERS
All youth workers must be committed to giving our young people warm and consistent care.
If a youth worker has no previous experience or qualification in the relevant field, training should be undertaken in the first twelve months.
All those involved with young people should be aware of the Health and Safety policy of the parish and be aware of safety issues.
All those involved with young people should know how to protect children from and recognize signs of abuse (from diocesan safeguarding courses)
No worker should be in sole charge of a child or children or meet a child off church premises without a parent or another adult present
No person under the age of 18 years should be left in charge of any children of any age.
No child or group of young people (under 16) should be left unattended at any time.
A register of all the young people attending the Toddler Club, Sunday School/activity should be kept.
YOUTH LEADERS AND HELPERS
In an emergency youth leaders and helpers should know:
- The location of the nearest telephone
- Fire drill
- Who is the caretaker of the building and where to find him / her
- Where the local GP / hospital accident department is
- Where the local police is
- The location and how to deal with:
a. Central heating, Gas, Electricity
b. The fuse box
c. The first aid box
d. The security of the building
e. Cleaning materials
- Basic information for the children in your care
a. Home addresses and telephone number
b. Contact number of a relative, friend or neighbour in case the parent / guardian cannot be contacted.
- How to recognize a case of abuse and the procedure to follow if abuse is suspected.
PCC STATEMENT FOR CHILDREN AND VULNERABLE ADULTS
The Parish of Christ Church is committed to safeguarding all those who attend the worship and other activities we offer. We follow the House of Bishop’s ‘Protecting All God’s Children’ (2010), and the Diocese of London Policy and Procedure (2011)). We seek to create a culture where everyone is included, respected, listened to, and taken seriously. We accept the prime duty care of children and vulnerable adults, and have appointed a safeguarding coordinator to ensure that what we do is informed by up-to-date policies and procedures from local and national authorities.
OUR SAFEGUARDING COORDINATOR IS JUSTINA NAMBI (07931622787)
We follow recommended safeguarding practice in recruiting, training and supporting our ordained minister, lay minister and our volunteers.
Recruitment includes DBS checks for those working regularly or substantially with children and/or vulnerable adults. Health and safety policies are in place and we have provided adequate insurance cover for all activities undertaken in the name of Christ Church all those working on behalf of the parishes have agreed to comply with the safeguarding policy and with good practice guidelines for their work.
We respond without delay to any complaint that a child or vulnerable adult in our care may have been harmed by the behavior of a volunteer working on behalf of the church. We are careful to log any complaints in the log book immediately. We always seek advice on such matters from outside the churches and we will cooperate with statutory agencies during any enquiries they need to make into allegations against a member of the church or community. During these enquiries we will do our best to ensure that those making an allegation and those whom an allegation is made are supported appropriately.
We seek to offer informed pastoral care and support to any child or adult whose life has been affected by abuse, whether the abuse was recent or long ago. Where there is a current risk to vulnerable people that has not yet been brought to light, we support the person who has suffered abuse in taking information to the appropriate agencies.
Christ Church wish to welcome and support all members of the community. Those who have a history of offences against children or vulnerable adults, and/or who may pose a risk to them are offered a supportive agreement to help them take part in church life; they are supported pastorally and boundaries are set to protect those who might be vulnerable within the church. Confidential safeguarding agreements are the responsibility of the Bishop’s Safeguarding Administrator and the incumbent, who work together.
Contacts and Phone Numbers:
• NSPCC: 0808 800 5000
• Childline: 0800 1111
• Stop It Now: 0808 1000 900
• NAPAC: 0808 8010331
• Samaritans: 116 123
• FamilyLives: 0808 800 2222
• ActionOnElderAbuse: 080 8808 8141
• National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247
If you are concerned that someone you know is at risk of, or is being abused, or presents a risk to others, please seek advice from a Safeguarding Adviser or if necessary report the matter to the Local Authority Social Care Services or the Police without delay.
Annette Gordon, Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser – firstname.lastname@example.org, 020 7932 1124
Maggie McMahon, Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday) – email@example.com, 020 3837 5101
Out of hours advice can be sought from the Thirtyone:eight helpline on 0303 003 1111, selecting option 2. Thirtyone:eight is an independent charity which works in close partnership with the DST. The DST receives notification of any advice given by Thirtyone:eight.
We regularly review and update our safeguarding policy and we welcome comments from those using our services on how we could improve our awareness and safeguarding practices.