Trinity Cheltenham places a high priority on the discipling of children and young people in the context of a safe and welcoming environment. Furthermore, we believe that the children should be nurtured in the Christian faith in a manner that enables each child to come to a personal decision for themselves to follow Christ, leading to a public declaration of faith through Christian Baptism.
We believe that children and young people are a vital part of church family life. As such we want them to be valued, encouraged and built up as those who are created in the image of God and for them to discover the love of God for themselves.
This policy statement seeks to provide guidelines and policy on behalf of Trinity PCC and leadership, which ensure that every child and young person is encouraged to grow in the Christian faith.
To ensure compliance with our safeguarding responsibilities Trinity Cheltenham PCC and leadership:
• Will ensure that everyone involved in the care of children and young people, whether through paid employment or volunteer roles, are personally made aware of the diocesan policy and the PCC policy.
• Will ensure that everyone involved in the care of children and young people will be recruited through the Church of England’s Safer Recruitment processes.
• Will ensure that personnel records of people involved with children are confidential and are appropriately stored in line with data protection legal requirements.
• Will ensure that those working with children hold a current disclosure certificate through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
• Will ensure everyone involved in working with children and young people are clear of the nature of the work they have agreed to do and the name of the person to whom they are responsible.
• Will ensure the nominated person (Neville Page-Jones) will be responsible on the PCC’s behalf for implementing and monitoring the PCC’s policy.
• Will ensure that training opportunities are undertaken within national/diocesan requirements.
• Will make adequate provision for insurance cover for all activities for children and young people in line with the House of Bishop’s guidance.
• Will make a copy of the policy document available to all employees and volunteers of this church, and to parents/guardians.
• Will review this policy annually at the APCM and ensure that a copy of this policy will be presented to the Archdeacon at the Visitation.
• Will ensure that any individual organisation hiring or using Trinity Cheltenham’s premises for activities involving children and young people is aware of its own individual responsibilities to have appropriate safeguarding policies and processes in place.
• Will ensure that any complaint made regarding a child for whom we are responsible, who may have been harmed or is in significant danger, will be reported immediately to the nominated person and that we will fully cooperate with statutory agencies during any investigation into allegations concerning a member of the church community.
• Will inform the statutory agency of any suspected criminal offenders or concerns that we are made aware of in respect of our contact with children, and will inform and work closely with Diocesan staff and all statutory agencies.
• Will offer informed pastoral care to any child, young person or adult who has suffered abuse, and provide them with details of local and national support agencies.
• Will work closely with the diocese to ensure that we effectively supervise and support any member of our church community known to have offended against a child.
• Will work closely with the diocese in ensuring appropriate people are trained and updated on good practice, legal changes etc.