We take safeguarding very seriously here at St Anne’s and seek to guarantee the welfare of our whole community, particularly our young people and any vulnerable adults.
The designated lead person for safeguarding in the parish is Carola Darwin. She will receive any approach or enquiry in total confidence; it is not shared with other parish officers or members of the Parochial Church Council (PCC).
Contact Carola here.
The following policy was re-adopted the PCC meeting on 28 July 2019.
St Anne’s is fully aligned with the
House of Bishops’ Policy Statements
‘Promoting a Safer Church’ (2017) and ‘Protecting All God’s Children’ (2010) and the
Diocesan Safeguarding Policy ‘Promoting a Safer Diocese’ (2018).
We also abide by the Parish Safeguarding Handbook (2018).
Therefore, our commitment entails the following:
- 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 any victim or survivor 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 who may pose a present risk to others.
The Parish of St Anne’s Highgate will:
- Create a safe and caring place for all.
- Have a named Church Safeguarding Officer (CSO) 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.
Other useful contacts and information
London Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers (DSA) 020 7932 1224
CCPAS 24-hour helpline 0303 003 1111
Family Lives 0808 800 222
Childline 0800 1111
Action on Elder Abuse helpline 0808 808 8141
24-hour National Domestic Violence helpline 0808 2000 247
NAPAC offers support and advice for adult survivors of sexual abuse 0808 8010331
MACAS for people who have been abused by church officers 0808 801 0340