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Parish Safeguarding Handbook                                                              St Mary the Virgin, Roade. Safeguarding Children

Church of England



Parish of St. Mary the Virgin, Roade




We recognise that:

  • The welfare of the child or young person is paramount

  • All children (regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity) have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse

  • Abuse of children can occur in all communities and is most likely to occur within families and by people known to the child

  • Working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare.

In all our activities we will endeavour to safeguard children and young people by:

  • Valuing, listening to and respecting children and young people

  • Fostering and encouraging best practice by setting standards for working with children and young people, in cooperation with statutory bodies, voluntary agencies and other faith communities

We are committed to promoting and supporting church environments which:

  • Are child friendly and nurture their positive development

  • Enable children and young people to be active contributors to the church community

  • Protect children and young people from actual or potential harm

  • Enable and encourage concerns to be raised and responded to openly and consistently

When concerns are raised we will follow Diocesan procedures in-

  • Responding without delay to every concern raised that a child or young person may have been harmed , or be at risk from harm; or about the behaviour of an adult or child

  • Working with the Diocese and statutory bodies during an investigation into child abuse, including when allegations are made against a member of the church community

In our supervision, we will follow Diocesan procedures in-

  • Ensuring, in partnership with the Diocese and other agencies, that care and supervision is provided for any member of our church community known to have offended against a child or young person, or to pose a risk to them.

In our recruitment of paid staff and volunteers we will follow Diocesan procedures in-

  • Ensuring careful selection and recruitment of ordained and lay ministers, voluntary workers and paid workers with children and young people, in line with safer recruitment principles and checks

  • Provide supervision, support and training

In our care-

  • Ensuring that informed and appropriate pastoral care is offered to any child, young person or adult who has suffered abuse

  • Ensuring that appropriate pastoral care offered to any member of our church community against whom an allegation is made


In our publicity

  • Sharing information about good safeguarding practice with children, parents, and all those working with them

Parish Safeguarding Handbook                                                          St Mary the Virgin, Roade. Safeguarding Policy
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The Parish of St. Mary the Virgin, Roade



The following policy was agreed at the Parochial Church Council (PCC) meeting held on……………………

In accordance with the Church of England Safeguarding Policy our church is committed to:


  • Promoting a safer environment and culture.

  • Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children, young people and vulnerable adults within the church.

  • Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation.

  • Caring pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse and other affected persons.

  • Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns or allegations of abuse and other affected persons.

  • Responding to those that may pose a present risk to others.


The Parish will: 

  • Create a safe and caring place for all.

  • Have a named Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO) to work with the incumbent and the PCC to implement policy and procedures.

  • Safely recruit, train and support all those with any responsibility for children, young people and adults to have the confidence and skills to recognise and respond to abuse.

  • Ensure that there is appropriate insurance cover for all activities involving children and adults undertaken in the name of the parish.

  • Display in church premises and on the Parish website the details of who to contact if there are safeguarding concerns or support needs.

  • Listen to and take seriously all those who disclose abuse.

  • Take steps to protect children and adults when a safeguarding concern of any kind arises, following House of Bishops guidance, including notifying the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA) and statutory agencies immediately.

  • Offer support to victims/survivors of abuse regardless of the type of abuse, when or where it occurred.

  • Care for and monitor any member of the church community who may pose a risk to children and adults whilst maintaining appropriate confidentiality and the safety of all parties.

  • Ensure that health and safety policy, procedures and risk assessments are in place and that these are reviewed annually.

  • Review the implementation of the Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and Practices at least annually.


Each person who works within this church community will agree to abide by this policy and the guidelines established by this church.

This church appoints Sue Buckley as the Parish Safeguarding Officer

Incumbent: Mark Donnelly

Churchwardens Peter Edwards and Glenys Linford

Date: Jan 2021

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