St George’s United Reformed Church

Carlisle, UK

Site Revised:  19 April 2019

United Reformed Church

SAFEGUARDING POLICY STATEMENT

The following statement has been agreed by the leadership of St George's URC.

This church is committed to the safeguarding of children and adults at risk, and to ensuring their well-being.

We believe that all children and adults at risk should know that they are valued within the church and safely enjoy and have access to every aspect of the life of our church.

We respect the personal dignity and rights of children and adults at risk (for example, as set out in the Human Rights Act 1989 and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) and will ensure that our policies and procedures reflect this.

We recognise that we all have a responsibility to help prevent the physical, sexual, emotional abuse and neglect of children under 18 years of age.

We recognise that we all have a responsibility to help prevent the physical, sexual, psychological, emotional, financial, discriminatory abuse and neglect of adults at risk.

We recognise that domestic abuse affects both adults and children and believe that domestic abuse in all its forms is unacceptable and inconsistent with a Christian way of living.

We will report any abuse of children or adults at risk that we discover or suspect.

Where an allegation suggests that a criminal offence may have been committed, the police will be contacted as a matter of urgency.

We recognise that Children's Services has responsibility for investigating all allegations or suspicions of abuse where there are concerns about a child, and that Adult Services do so for adults at risk.

We acknowledge that Local Authority Designated Officers (LADOs) or the equivalent in Scotland and Wales have responsibility for dealing with all allegations and concerns about people working with children, whether paid or voluntary workers, lay or ordained.

We recognise that safeguarding is a whole church responsibility.

We are committed to:

The establishment of a loving environment, which is safe and caring, and where there is an informed vigilance about the dangers of abuse.

Following the relevant legislation, statutory, denominational and specialist guidelines in relation to safeguarding children and adults at risk.

Ensuring that we keep up to date with national and local developments relating to safeguarding.

Building constructive links with the relevant Voluntary and Statutory Authorities.

Taking all reasonable steps to ensure that as a church, everyone works within the agreed procedures of our safeguarding policies.

Supporting the Safeguarding Coordinator and Deputy in their work and in any action they may need to take in order to protect children and adults at risk.

Following safer recruitment principles in the appointment and selection of all those who work with children and adults at risk, be they volunteer or paid staff, lay or ordained.

Supporting, supervising, resourcing and training all those who undertake work with children and adults at risk.

Ensuring that the children and adults we have contact with know that they are valued and feel empowered to tell us if they are suffering harm.

Reporting any abuse of children or adults at risk that we discover or suspect.

Supporting all those in our church who are affected by abuse.

Supporting and supervising those who pose a risk to children or adults at risk, implementing contracts of behaviour, whilst bearing in mind the overarching principle that the welfare of the child is paramount.

If an assessment is made that someone poses an unmanageable risk to those in need of protection and could not safely attend our church, we will ensure that they continue to be offered pastoral care and will signpost them to appropriate agencies for support.

Name:  Rosalind Fearon  (on behalf of the church leadership)

Signed: 14th January 2019

Key Contacts: Sources of advice and support

The church Safeguarding Coordinator is the person to whom all concerns or allegations should be addressed:

Name: Tony Wiseman

Telephone No: [01228 531355]

Email: edward.wiseman@btinternet.com

In the absence of the Safeguarding Coordinator, the Deputy Safeguarding Coordinator can be contacted:

Name: Rosalind Fearon

Telephone No: [016973 44892]

Email: rosrayfearon@talktalk.net

Synod Safeguarding Officer

Name: Leo Roberts

Telephone No: [0161 789 5583]

Email: leo.roberts@ntlworld.com

Churches Child Protection Advisory Service (CCPAS) (This should only be used for urgent advice if you are unable to contact your Synod Safeguarding Officer)

24 hour helpline: [0845 120 4550]

Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) or the equivalent in Scotland and Wales

Name: Cumbria Safeguarding Hub

Telephone No: [0333 240 1727] (if no reply and out of office hours and exceptional circumstances phone [01768 895019])

Statutory contact in the case of a child

Carlisle Child Protection Team [01228 227018]

Statutory contact in the case of an adult at risk

Carlisle Adult Social Services [01228 221590] carlislessd@cumbria.gov.uk

Out of hours [01228 526690]

Police emergency [999], non-emergency [101]

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