Safeguarding At Trinity Cheltenham
“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.”
(From ‘Promoting a Safer Church’, The Church of England’s Safeguarding Policy Statement)
Trinity Cheltenham, it’s PCC and The Senior Leadership Team are committed to safeguarding as an integral part of the life and ministry of the church. We believe it’s a honour to be part of such a rich and diverse church family and hold a high value on ensuring that everyone can engage with church life and meet with God in a safe and appropriate way.
Trinity Cheltenham will fully comply, and seek to exceed, the recently issued standards in The Church of England’s Parish Safeguarding Handbook which brings into one place the safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults.
To ensure compliance with our safeguarding responsibilities Trinity Cheltenham, PCC and the Senior Leadership Team:
- Will ensure that everyone involved in the care of children, young people, and vulnerable adults whether through paid employment or volunteer roles, are personally made aware of the Parish Safeguarding Handbook.
- Will ensure that everyone involved in the care of children, young people, and vulnerable adults will be recruited through The Church of England’s ‘Safer Recruitment’ processes.
- Will ensure that personnel records are confidential and are appropriately stored in line with GDPR.
- Will ensure that those working with children, young people, and vulnerable adults hold a current disclosure certificate through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
- Will ensure that everyone involved in working with children, young people, and vulnerable adults 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 – Safeguarding Officer) will be responsible on the PCC’s behalf for implementing and monitoring safeguarding compliance as specified in the Parish Safeguarding Handbook.
- Will ensure that training is provided for all people involved with children, young people and vulnerable adults in accordance with that set out by The Church of England and specified in the Parish Safeguarding Handbook.
- Will ensure that any individual organisation renting/using our premises for activities involving children, young people and vulnerable adults is aware of its own individual responsibilities to have appropriate safeguarding policies and processes in place or to adopt ours.
- Will ensure that a copy of this policy will be displayed on the parish noticeboard alongside a ChildLine poster.
The following Trinity Cheltenham safeguarding procedures will supplement those in the Parish Safeguarding Handbook.