of Emmanuel and St John take the protection of children
and vulnerable adults seriously. For any safeguarding
queries or concerns please contact our Safeguarding
Officer, Margaret Rixson, on email@example.com.
should be places where all people feel welcomed, respected
and safe from abuse, and are particularly called by God to
support those less powerful and those without a voice in
our society. The parish of Bath Weston St John which
includes the Churches of Emmanuel and St John is therefore
working towards creating a safe and non-discriminatory
environment and has adopted the Bath and Wells Diocese
Safeguarding Policy set out below.
Bath Weston St John Parish
The Church of
England, in all aspects of its life, is committed to and will
promote the safeguarding of children, young people and
vulnerable adults. It fully accepts and endorses the Children
Act 1989 & 2004 & The Protection of Freedoms Act 2012.
This parish has adopted the Church of England’s “A Safer
Church” as its safeguarding policy.
communities should be places where all people feel welcomed,
respected and safe from abuse. The Church is particularly
called by God to support those less powerful and those without
a voice in our society. Our Parish is working towards creating
a safe and non-discriminatory environment by being aware of
some of the particular situations that create vulnerability.
Issues which need to be considered include both the physical
environment and the attitudes of workers and volunteers.
A person (adult
or child) who might be considered vulnerable has the right to:
with respect and dignity.
Be able to
lead as independent a life as possible.
Be able to
choose how to lead their life.
protection of the law.
rights upheld regardless of their ethnicity, gender,
sexuality, impairment or disability, age, religion or
Be able to
use their chosen language or method of communication.
situations where there may be a difference of opinion about
priorities, the welfare of any child or vulnerable adult
should be the paramount concern.
will foster and encourage best practice within its community
by setting standards for working with children, young people
and vulnerable adults. It will work with the Diocesan
Safeguarding team, statutory bodies, voluntary agencies and
other faith communities to promote the safety and well-being
of children, young people and vulnerable adults.
committed to acting promptly whenever a concern is raised
about a child, young person or vulnerable adult or about the
behaviour of an adult in a position of trust, and will work
with the Diocesan Team, and the appropriate statutory bodies
when an investigation is necessary. We are also committed to
the support of those who have been abused and to listening to
the voices of survivors, who can help the church learn lessons
from the past.
of principles applies to children, young people and adults.
nurture of, and respectful pastoral ministry with, all
children, young people and adults
safeguarding and protection of all children and adults
establishment of a safe, caring community which provides
an environment where there is a culture of informed
vigilance regarding the dangers of abuse, and where
victims of abuse can report or disclose abuse and find
promotion of best practice that contributes to the
prevention of abuse.
safeguarding and protection of children, young people and
vulnerable adults is everyone’s responsibility, not just
parents or those who have formal leadership or caring
responsibilities. Procedures and formal processes alone,
though essential, will not protect children and adults. The
community, including all its members, needs to be aware of the
dangers and be prepared to report concerns and take action if
carefully select and train all those with any responsibility
for children, young people and vulnerable adults within the
church in line with safer recruitment principles, including
taking up references and the use of criminal records checks.
of an applicant or nominated volunteer for work with children,
young people or vulnerable adult should not be solely
dependent upon Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS)
disclosures and vetting checks. Someone whose DBS disclosure
is clear may still be unsuitable. Hence the need for an
interview and references to assure ourselves, as far as we
can, that someone is suitable.
As part of the
Safer Recruitment process, it is the policy of this Parish
who regularly work with children, young people and
vulnerable adults including those who work on a rota,
should have enhanced DBS checks if they reach the
work only occasionally will be asked to apply for a DBS
check if they reach the criteria;
manage or supervise people who work with vulnerable groups
will be required to be DBS plus Barred List checked if
they reach the criteria.
accepts that, through its workers and volunteers, it is
responsible for children, young people and vulnerable adults
when in a church building, on church property and other
premises being used by the church and during church
activities. Responsibility extends to travel between places,
when it is organised by the church. However, a church is not
responsible for private arrangements.
‘complaint’ can cover an allegation, disclosure or statement,
something seen or something heard. The complaint need not be
made in writing but once received it must be recorded and
acted upon. Complaints can be taken from alleged victims and
If a child,
young person or vulnerable adult comes to notice as having
suffered abuse in the past, church officers will notify the
Diocesan Safeguarding Team and appropriate authorities to
ensure that the matter is on record. Support will be offered
to adult survivors of child abuse, who will also be encouraged
to make a statement to the Police if they have not done so
We will seek to
offer informed pastoral care and support to anyone who has
suffered abuse, developing with them an appropriate ministry
that recognises the importance of understanding the needs of
those who have been abused, including their feelings of
alienation and / or isolation. We recognise that anyone can be
a victim of abuse in any setting, including in their own home,
and in a church environment, and will work hard to make our
church a safe place for people to disclose any concerns they
have and receive appropriate support. We will seek to protect
survivors of abuse from the possibility of further harm and
We will seek to
challenge any abuse of power, especially by anyone in a
position of trust and responsibility, where they are trusted
We will seek to
offer pastoral care and support, including supervision, and
referral to the appropriate authorities, to any member of our
Church community known to have offended against a child, young
person or adult who is vulnerable. We will support them in
continuing to attend church services whilst supervising their
attendance to reduce the risk of further harm.
agrees to follow the Practice Guidance from the House of
Bishops on safeguarding matters, and to adopt the Diocese of
Bath and Wells Safeguarding Policies.
people within the church who take responsibility for keeping
our congregation safe, and their details are listed below:
Churchwarden at Emmanuel Church is: Bob Northover
Safeguarding Officer is: Margaret Rixson
information on safeguarding in the Bath and Wells
Diocese, click: Diocese
If you are concerned that someone
you know is at risk of, or is being abused, or presents a risk
to others, please seek report it to our Parish
Safeguarding Officer, Margaret Rixson, email firstname.lastname@example.org
may also seek advice from the Diocesan
Adviser: Glenys Armstrong on 01749
or, if necessary, report the matter to the Local Authority
Social Care Services (01225 396312) or the Police without
delay. If there is immediate risk or danger please contact the
Police on 999.
that may be helpful are:
Stop It Now:
0808 1000 900
Lives: 0808 800 2222
Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247
Elder Abuse: 080 8808 8141