Safeguarding Policy Statement

Full Document on Safeguarding at

St. Matthew's

Our Parochial Church Council (PCC)  Updated May 2022

Safeguarding Policy Statement

Every person has a value and dignity which comes directly from the creation of
all in God’s own image and likeness. Christians see this potential as fulfilled by
God’s re-creation of us in Christ.
This implies a duty to value all people as bearing the image of God and
therefore to protect them from harm.

• We accept and endorse the principles set out in ‘Safeguarding in the Diocese of Lichfield
• We accept and fully endorse also the Lichfield Diocesan principles most recently set out in the full policy document
• We follow the guidelines set out in the Parish Safeguarding Handbook – Promoting a Safer Church.
• * click on the links to access the documents
• In particular, we commit ourselves to nurture, protect and safeguard all our members, particularly children, young people and vulnerable adults.
• We recognise that safeguarding is the responsibility of the whole church community.
• We undertake to exercise proper care in the selection, appointment, training and support of those working in both paid and voluntary positions with children or vulnerable adults, including the use of Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosures and making appropriate referrals to the Disclosure and Barring Service.
• We will respond without delay to concerns or allegations that a child or vulnerable adult may have been harmed, cooperating with the police and social care services in any investigation.
• We will challenge any abuse of power by anyone in a position of trust.
• We will seek to offer pastoral care and support to anyone who has suffered abuse, developing with them appropriate pastoral support.
• We will seek to offer pastoral care and support, including supervision and referral to the proper authorities, to any member of our church community known to have offended against a child, young person or vulnerable adult.

The PCC of this Church agreed and adopted the above Policy at its meeting on 19th May 2022  and will review it on 18th May 2023

                        We have appointed Louise Inwood as our Church Safeguarding Officer
                        Our Safeguarding Officer is the first person
                        to speak to if you have any concerns around
                        the welfare of a child or vulnerable adult.
                        You can contact her on 07983 566509 or email here