Safeguarding at All Saint’s Church
The Safeguarding Policy of All Saints’ Church can be read here
Safeguarding Issues: – How to report and who to contact
Any allegation or disclosure involving someone who works with children in a paid or voluntary capacity must be reported directly to the Incumbent, or Safeguarding Officers, unless it involves them and then it should be reported directly to the Safeguarding Officer at the Diocese.
What to do if you are worried about a child or vulnerable adult
The church has statutory duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and vulnerable adults. All staff members should be aware of the systems within All Saints’ which support safeguarding.
If you have any concerns about the health and safety of a child or vulnerable adult at this church or feel that something may be troubling them, you will need to decide what action to take. Where possible you should share this information with the Designated Safeguarding Officers, or in their absence, the Incumbent straight away, to agree a course of action, but you may also make a referral directly to the Diocese. If you do this, you must inform the Designated Safeguarding Officers as soon as possible.
Please do not worry that you may be reporting a small matter – we would rather you report things which turn out to be small than miss a worrying situation.
If you think the matter is very serious and may be related to a child protection concern, where the child has been harmed or is at risk of harm e.g. physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect, a referral should be made to children’s social care and/or the police immediately. Anyone can make a referral, but where you make a referral without reference to the Designated Safeguarding Officer, they must be informed as soon as possible. Do not delay. If you are unable to contact them you can ask the Incumbent or Diocese to find them and ask them to speak to you straight away about a confidential and urgent matter.
The people you should talk to at this church are: –
Fr. Christopher Noke
e-mail: – firstname.lastname@example.org
(Tel: – 0208 948 7986)
Parish Safeguarding Officers
e-mail: – email@example.com
(Tel: – 0208 542 2230)
e-mail: – firstname.lastname@example.org
(Tel: – 0208 241 7330)
e-mail: – email@example.com
(Tel: – 0208 543 3531)
(Tel: – 0208 542 2230)
Other useful numbers
N.S.P.C.C. Child Protection helpline: – 0808 800 5000 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are worried about a child.
Childline: – 0800 1111 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are a child or young person and are worried about anything.
National Domestic Violence Helpline: – 0808 2000 247 (Lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse.
Samaritans Helpline: – 116 123 (open 24 hours). Phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to.
Action on Elder Abuse Helpline: – 080 8808 8141 (free Monday – Friday 9.00.a.m. – 5.00.p.m.)
Contact the Diocese
Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, Hugh Constant.
Tel: – 020 7939 9423 (office hours), Mobile: – 07982 279713
The new Out-of Hours number for Safeguarding issues is: – 020 3874 6743
Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Officers: – Marie Daly & Louise Vernon.
Marie Daly – firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: – 020 7939 9441. Mobile: – 07946 255295
Louise Vernon – email@example.com
Tel: – 020 7939 9462. Mobile: – 07946 255622
The current Diocesan Policies and Procedures on safeguarding are all contained in ‘A Safe Church’