Safeguarding at St Denys

Statement of Safeguarding Policy

At  St Denys Church we recognise that the few who are determined to harm children or adults, deliberately seek out groups or organisations where they can meet children or other vulnerable people. The Church is particularly vulnerable to these people. Creating and maintaining a safeguarding culture will discourage them from becoming involved for the wrong reasons and make it difficult for them to harm or abuse children or adults if they do.

In order to assist with the creation of a safeguarding culture we have:

1.  appointed a Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO)

2.  adopted appropriate policies and committed to the following practise guidelines

Paper copies of all these documents and our own church policy statements committing to them are stored in the church office

3.  taken out appropriate and up to date insurance

St Denys Church is insured for all activities undertaken in the name of the PCC which involve children and vulnerable adults by Ecclesiastical Insurance.

4.  Displayed the following on the church site

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We commit to the following responses

  • Creating an environment, which is welcoming and respectful and enables safeguarding concerns to be raised and responded to openly, promptly and consistently;
  • Having procedures in place to deal promptly with safeguarding allegations or suspicions of abuse in accordance with the relevant policy and practice guidance and in consultation with the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser;
  • Reporting all safeguarding concerns or allegations against church officers to the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser;
  • Ensuring that known offenders or others who may pose a risk to children and/or vulnerable adults are effectively managed and monitored in consultation with the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser;
  • Compliance with all data protection legislation especially in regard to storing information about the ‘church workforce’. Including volunteers and any safeguarding records;
  • Ensuring that an “activity risk assessment” is completed and reviewed regularly for each activity, which is associated with either children or vulnerable adults, and run in the name of the Church.