PCC Safeguarding Policy Statement for the Parish of Christ Church Spitalfields in the Diocese of London
Every person has a value and dignity which comes directly from the creation of male and female in God’s own image and likeness. Christians see this potential as fulfilled by God’s re-creation of us in Christ. This implies a duty to value all people as bearing the image of God and therefore to protect them from harm.
• We accept and endorse the principles of the Diocese of London’s Safeguarding Policy: ‘Promoting a Safer Diocese’ November 2018; and practice guidance of the National Church.
• We commit ourselves to nurture, protect and safeguard all our members, particularly children, young people and vulnerable adults.
• We recognise that safeguarding is the responsibility of the whole church community.
• Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children, young people and vulnerable adults within the Church including the use of Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosures and making appropriate referrals to the Disclosure and Barring Service.
• We will respond without delay to concerns or allegations that a child or vulnerable adult may have been harmed, cooperating with the police and social care services in any investigation.
• We will challenge any abuse of power by anyone in a position of trust.
• We will seek to offer pastoral care and support to anyone who has suffered abuse, developing with them appropriate pastoral support.
• We will seek to offer pastoral care and support, including supervision and referral to the proper authorities, to any member of our church community known to have offended against a child, young person or vulnerable adult.
Further guidance can be found in:
www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2019-03/Parish Safeguarding Handbook March 2019.pdf