Parish Safeguarding Policy

The following policy was agreed at the PCC meeting held on Sunday 24th June 2018

We are committed to:

  1. The care, nurture of, and respectful pastoral ministry with, all children and all adults

    • The safeguarding and protection of all children, young people and adults when they are vulnerable

    • The establishing of safe, caring communities which provide a loving environment where there is a culture of ‘informed vigilance’ as to the dangers of abuse.

2. We will carefully select and train all those with any responsibility within the Church, in line with safer recruitment principles, including the use of Disclosure and Barring Service criminal records checks.

 3. We will respond without delay to every complaint made which suggests that an adult, child or young person may have been harmed, co-operating with the police and local authority in any investigation and we will have a clear reporting procedure in place.

 4. We will seek to support anyone who has suffered abuse and encourage them to access appropriate professional help.

 5. We will seek to challenge any abuse of power, especially by anyone in a position of trust.

 6. 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.

 7. In all these principles we will follow statute, guidance and recognised good practice.

 8. We will advise the Diocese which Registered Body we use to process applications for Disclosure and Barring Service criminal records checks.

 9. The Recruiter will advise the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser if they receive a Disclosure which is ‘blemished’ or ‘positive’.

 10. We will review this policy annually, check that our policies are up to date, and supply a copy of the updated policy statement to the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser.

Our Safeguarding Officer is:

Name:              Mrs Angela Cooper

Address:          C/O St Mary’s Church Vicarage, Barton, OX3 9EY

Telephone:       01865 958335


Our additional Safeguarding Team members are:

Name:              Mrs Pauline Coppen

Name:              Mrs Amanda Stephens