The Parish of St Mary’s takes safeguarding seriously, as the safety and well-being of all individuals is the very call of Christ, who called his apostles to serve as good shepherds of every human being who is under their care. Below is the Parish’s statement on safeguarding, along with contact information for enquiries, advice, or concerns.

PCC SAFEGUARDING POLICY STATEMENT
ST MARY, SOUTH RUISLIP

Every person has a value and dignity which comes directly from the creation of male and female 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 London’.
  • 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.

Further guidance can be found in the Church of England’s Policy and Practice Guidance.

The Church of England also provides advice and recommendations in the Parish Safeguarding Handbook.

SAFEGUARDING TEAM

The PCC of St Mary’s has appointed Mrs Rosemary Herbage as the Church Safeguarding Officer (CSO). The CSO is the first person to speak to if you have any concerns around the welfare of a child or adult with vulnerability. The PCC has also appointed Mr Paul Faithfull as the Children’s Champion for the Parish, whose responsibility it is to advocate the interests and safety of children.

SAFEGUARDING LINKS

Church Safeguarding Officer
Mrs Rosemary Herbage
07880 501130

Children’s Champion
Mr Paul Faithfull
07710 780102

If you would prefer to speak with someone outside the Parish:

London Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser
020 7932 1224

CCPAS 24-Hour Helpline
0303 003 1111

Family Lives
0808 800 222

Childline
0800 1111

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