PCC SAFEGUARDING POLICY
St Michael’s and St Gabriel’s Churches in the Hamworthy Parish takes its responsibilities surrounding the safeguarding of children, young people, and adults who may be at risk very seriously, and works in partnership with the Diocese of Salisbury to ensure that we work in accordance with best practice at all times.
Our Parish Safeguarding Policy can be downloaded here.
Our policy for responding to Domestic Abuse can be found here.
Our 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.
We will seek to implement and follow safeguarding, accepting as a minimum the House of Bishop's Parish Safeguarding Handbook 'Promoting Safer Church 2018.
The Parish have adopted the Diocesan recommendation for good practice in reporting any Serious Safeguarding incidents to the Charity Commission. The Parish PCC formerly delegate this responsibility to the Diocesan Secretary having passed a Delegation Resolution on 19th Nov 2019.
Review the implementation of the Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and Practices at least annually.
Our Parish Safeguarding representative IS:
This policy was agreed at the Parochial Church Council (PCC) on 16 November 2022.
If you have any Safeguarding questions or concerns you can contact our Parish Safeguarding Officer:
Alternatively you can contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser,
Suzy Futcher (On maternity leave)