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Protecting Children

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The children’s ministry at the 453 churches exists to make Jesus Christ known to children and young people and to encourage them in their relationship with Jesus as their Lord and Saviour.

All five of our churches are committed to the nurturing, protection and safe keeping of the children and young people in our care. Photographs of children on this website and on our publicity are used only where written permission has been obtained.

In common with other churches and organisations taking care of children, each individual church that makes up the 453 group of parishes is required by law and by the Diocese to have a policy on Child Protection. The aim of this policy is twofold - to protect all the children in our care from risk of abuse while they are in our care and to protect all those who work with children within the Church from risk of false accusation and possible legal redress.

This policy is reviewed annually and progress in carrying it out is monitored by our Safeguarding Coordinator, Anne Farnsworth; she can be contacted on telephone number: 0115 983 0007. You can also contact the Safeguarding Adviser for the Diocese — Donna Bernard-Carlin on telephone number: 0115 960 3010.

The following policy has been endorsed by the respective Parochial Church Councils of the Parishes of St George, Barton-in-Fabis, and St Lawrence, Gotham, and St Winifred, Kingston-on-Soar, and Holy Trinity, Ratcliffe-on-Soar, and All Saints, Thrumpton.

 

Safeguarding Policy Statement …

  • It is the responsibility of all church members to do their best to prevent the physical, sexual and emotional abuse or neglect of children and young people and to report any abuse, alleged or suspected.
     
  • We will respond without delay to any complaints made, that a child or young person for whom we are responsible may have been harmed.
     
  • We will work towards the code of good practice when working with children and young people and create a culture of ‘informed vigilance’ which children and all adults in the church take seriously.
     
  • We are committed to supporting, resourcing and training those who work with children and young people. We will provide supervision for workers because it recognises this as important in the maintaining of good practice.
     
  • We will ensure that all those who have any responsibility for children or young people under the age of 18 years obtain an ‘Enhanced Disclosure’ from the Disclosure and Barring Service.
     
  • The Parochial Church Council will accept responsibility for the appointment of leaders and ensure that each person who works with children or young people receives a copy of this parish policy and is familiar with our policy, procedure and guidelines that are in place for our church.
     
  • This church is committed to following the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham Policy for Child Protection and The House of Bishops’ Policy, “Protecting all God’s Children” which is the Child Protection Policy for the Church of England (2004).
     
  • The Parochial Church Council accepts the intention of the Children Act 1989 that the welfare of the child is paramount.
     
  • We have a health and safety policy in place. We have appointed a Safeguarding Coordinator to work with the Incumbent and the Parochial Church Council to implement policy and procedures.
     
  • The Parochial Church Council will undertake to display a copy of this policy statement in a prominent place on church premises and in any church hall so that all may be aware of its existence.