Safeguarding Policy

Are you a survivor or victim of church related abuse?

Could you help the Diocese of Guildford to learn from the past and protect the future?

The Diocese of Guildford is currently reviewing all its records, across all 162 parishes, to ensure that all safeguarding concerns and allegations have been identified, reported, and appropriately actioned. Critical to this, is the voice of survivors and victims. The Diocese of Guildford wants to listen to and to learn from your experiences and ensure that your voices are heard throughout this review process.

Past Case Review 2 (PCR2) – work continues - Press Release 8 Sep 2021: The Diocese of Guildford wants to hear from victims and survivors, as it continues work on a full review of past safeguarding cases

Coming forward

Anybody who would like to give information or make disclosures about church-related abuse is asked to contact Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor, Jackie Broadfoot (jackie.broadfoot@cofeguildford.org.uk  07918 559387).

Support is available

The Diocese recognises that coming forward may be extremely difficult and dedicated support has been set up for you. Two confidential listening services have been set up, for those people who have experienced church related abuse but who might want to talk through their experiences and feelings before taking any next step. To find out more about the support available click here.

Building the safest community we can

Bishop Andrew, Diocesan Bishop for the Diocese of Guildford explains why we are doing this: 

“It is important we do everything we can to make our churches the safest places they can be. Safe means different things to different people but this review will help us to ensure that the concerns reported to our churches have been dealt with properly, and the care taken and the support given is of the high quality that people rightly deserve.  We have learnt from a previous review that that survivors and victims’ voices are critical, and I would urge you to come forward.”

 

The Parish of CHILWORTH

Safeguarding Policy

 

The following policy was agreed at the Parochial Church Council (PCC) meeting held on 28.05.2019

 

This policy statement actively underpins all safeguarding work within the church.

 

In accordance with the Church of England Safeguarding Policy our church is committed to the safeguarding, care and nurture of everyone within our community, and will ensure that we will

 

1.            Adopt and implement the House of Bishops’ safeguarding policy and practice guidance.

2.            Promote and publicise the ‘Promoting a Safer Church’ policy statement, and ensure all church officers have access to it.

3.            Have a plan in place that sets out, in line with national and local priorities, how the policy will be put into action.

4.            Ensure that any person who works with vulnerable groups is aware of and abides by national and local safeguarding guidance.

5.            Review the policy regularly to ensure best practice

 

Promoting a Safer Church sets out the Church of England’s commitment to making the church a safer place for all.  The Policies and Practice Guidance apply to all Church bodies and officers. All authorised clergy , bishops, archdeacons licensed readers and lay workers, church wardens and PCCs are required by section 5 Clergy Disciplinary Measure to have “due regard” to safeguarding guidance issued by the House of Bishops.  The Policy Statement, Policies, Practice Guidance and Protocols are available to view on the diocesan website at www.cofeguildford.org.uk/safeguardingpolicy together with the Parish Handbook

 

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 vulnerable 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.

•             Following advice from the DSA support and manage the safe involvement of 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 procedures and risk assessments are in place for all activities 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.

 
The Safeguarding Policy of the Diocese of Guildford can be found on this link  

Contacts

The Safeguarding Officer, Nina Kingshott 

The Vicar, The Revd Stephanie Sokolowski - vicar@parishofchilworth.org.uk

The Benefice Incumbent, The Revd Tim Heaney - rector@parishofshere.com