Parish of Verwood

Safeguarding Policy Statement

The members of this church commit ourselves to the nurturing, protection and safekeeping of the children, young people and vulnerable adults in our care.

We will respond without delay to any complaints made, that a child, young person or vulnerable adult for whom we are responsible may have been harmed.

We recognise 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 children and 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.

It is the responsibility of each of us to prevent the physical, emotional, sexual, financial and spiritual abuse of vulnerable people and to report any such abuse that we discover of suspect.

We undertake to exercise proper care in the appointment and selection of those who will work with people who may be vulnerable.

The parish is committed to supporting, resourcing, training and regularly reviewing those who undertake work amongst people who may be vulnerable.

We have a Health and Safety policy in place.

The parish adopts the guidelines of the Church of England and the Diocese of Salisbury.

Each person who works with vulnerable people will agree to abide by these recommendations and the guidelines established by this church.

This church appoints Mrs. Carol Weaver to represent the concerns and views of vulnerable people at our meetings and to outside bodies, as the parish safeguarding officer.

She may be contacted via the Parish Office.

This policy statement will be reviewed annually by the Parochial Church Council.