Promoting a Safer Church: Safeguarding Policy Statement for Children, Young People and Adults
St James Styvechale
The care and protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults involved in Church activities is the responsibility of the whole Church. Everyone who participates in the life of the Church has a role to play in promoting a safer church for all.
This document sets out the safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adult’s policy of the Church ofEngland. It has been informed by the Joint Safeguarding Statement between the Church of England and the Methodist Church, with whom we work jointly on many aspects of safeguarding policy on a covenant basis.
The Church of England safeguarding policy statement is based on five foundations and offers six overarching policy commitments:
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.
This policy applies to all Church Bodies and Church Officers. Full understanding of, and adherence to, this policy should lead to a deepening in the understanding of, and respect for, the rights of children, young people and vulnerable adults as people of faith in the life of the Church.
A copy of the PCC safeguarding policy can be found here.
For details of how to repsond to a safeguarding concern or allegation please see here.
We have appointed Cat Goulding Huckle as the Safeguarding Officer.
Our Safeguarding Officer is the first person to speak to if you have any concerns around the welfare of a child or adult with vulnerability.
St James Styvechale Church Safeguarding Officer
Cat Goulding Huckle: 07538596342
Coventry Diocesan Safeguarding Team
24 hour helpline: 024 7652 1345