In the Parish of Solihull we take care to look after all members of the church in particular the safeguarding of our children, young people and vulnerable adults. We follow the policies and procedures for safeguarding of the House of Bishops and the Diocese.
Our current policy approved in May 2019 states:
- We commit to providing a safe physical environment for work with children, young people and adults.
- We recognize that everyone has different levels of vulnerability and that each of us may be regarded as vulnerable at some time in our lives.
- As members of this parish we commit ourselves to respectful pastoral care for all adults to whom we minister.
- We commit ourselves to the safeguarding of people who may be vulnerable, ensuring their well-being in the life of this church.
- We commit ourselves to promoting safe practice by those in positions of trust.
- The parish commits itself to promoting the inclusion and empowerment of people who may be vulnerable.
- We commit to informing the whole church community about our safeguarding policy and procedures and recognise that it is the responsibility of each of us to prevent and report abuse that we discover or suspect.
- We will ensure the children, young people and adults in our care know who they can talk to if they have any concerns.
- We recognise our responsibility to always respond to and report abuse in whatever context, inside or outside the church environment and will always listen to and take seriously any child, young person or adult who reports that they have been abused.
- We will always report allegations of abuse and concerns about a child, young person or an adult who is experiencing or at risk of abuse due to their, illness or disability in accordance with our procedures.
- We will always report all allegations of abuse against Church Officers* to the appropriate statutory agency and to the Bishop’s Safeguarding Adviser and co-operate with any investigation.
- We will keep all records in relation to safeguarding concerns, allegations and the recruitment of volunteers and paid workers securely.
- We commit to the safe recruitment of all new and current Church Officers* who have contact with children, young people and adults experiencing or at risk of abuse due to their, illness or disability.
- We will assess all new and current Church Officer* roles and, in every case where the role is deemed to be eligible, apply for an appropriate level criminal record check every five years.
- We commit to providing every Church Officer* with clear instructions and information in respect of their role, adequate resources and support and regular opportunities for review.
- We will ensure that all Church Officers* working with children, young people and adults experiencing or at risk of abuse due to their age illness disability or are in a trusted role attend Church of England safeguarding training every three years.
- We will inform the Bishop’s Safeguarding Adviser, and ensure appropriate supervision, of anyone who is known to have offended against a child, young person or an adult at risk of abuse due to their age, illness or disability who attends activities organised by the Parish Church Council of Solihull and will follow all recommendations of the Bishop’s Safeguarding Adviser in this regard.
- We require all hirers of our premises to have their own safeguarding policy and procedures, to provide us with an assurance that these are implemented and to provide us with a copy. Note: this only applies to organised activities for children or vulnerable adults.
- The parish adopts the policy and practice guidance of The Church of England and The Church of England Birmingham.
- The policy will be reviewed each year to monitor the progress which has been achieved.
- We will review our safeguarding policy annually to ensure that it meets all current legislation, House of Bishop’s and The Church of England – Birmingham policies and practice guidance.
- Each person who works with vulnerable people will agree to abide by these recommendations and the guidelines established by this church.
- For those in the Parish working with children, young people or vulnerable adults detailed guidance will soon be available here. In the meantime please contact Viv Dobson
Anybody who has concerns, allegations or safeguarding queries should contact the Parish Safeguarding Co-ordinator Viv Dobson on 07960 783636.
If she is not available please contact a member of the clergy. For very serious concerns which require immediate action please phone the police.
Any concerns or allegations should be confidential so please do not discuss with others before reporting.
For children and young people who wish to discuss any concerns however minor there is a Children’s Advocate Linda Hicks who is a Parish Children’s Worker 07838 670772
Please remember that
SAFEGUARDING IS EVERYBODY’S RESPONSIBILITY
· To safeguard others and yourself
· To raise concerns
Childline Children and young people 0808 11 11 Childline
NSPCC Children and young people 0808 800 5000 NSPCC
Men’s Domestic Violence Helpline 0808 801 0327
National Domestic Violence helpline 0808 2000 247
Adults Affected by Sexual Abuse
Church of England Birmingham provide a Listening Service who will listen and help you think about your next step. Contact the Parish Safeguarding Co-ordinator Viv Dobson on 07960 783636 or the Bishop’s Chaplain on 0121 427 1163
Alternatively if you would prefer to speak to somebody outside the church
NAPAC National Association for People Abused in Childhood
0800 085 3330 (free from landlines, 3, Orange and Virgin mobiles) or
0808 801 0331(free from O2, T-Mobile and Vodafone mobiles)
MIND Solihull 0121 742 4941 firstname.lastname@example.org