Parish of St Jude’s, Southsea
Policy Statement for the Safeguarding of Children and Vulnerable Adults

The following policy statement was agreed at the PCC meeting held on 17th JuNE 2019.

As members of the PCC we commit our church community to the support, nurture, protection and safeguarding of all, especially the young and vulnerable. We recognise that our work with children, young people and vulnerable adults is the responsibility of the whole church community. As well as being fully committed to acting within current legislation, guidance, national frameworks and the Diocesan Safeguarding procedures, we will also endeavour to act in an open, transparent and accountable way. We will work in partnership with the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers, Children and Adult Social Care Services, the Police, Probation Services and other agencies to safeguard children and vulnerable adults and assist in bringing to justice anyone who has committed an offence against them.

 

1. In accordance with the House of Bishops Safeguarding Policy we will ensure that all the necessary checks are made to promote the safe selection and recruitment of ordained and lay ministers, paid workers and volunteers with children, young people and vulnerable adults, and provide the necessary supervision, support and training to them in order that they can undertake their roles effectively.

 

2. We will display the Church of England Safeguarding Policy –‘Promoting a Safer Church’ and have an action plan to show how we comply with this.

3. We will respond without delay to every concern raised that a child, young person or vulnerable adult may have been harmed, or be at risk from harm, or about the behaviour of an adult or child.

 

4. We will fully co-operate with the Diocese and appropriate statutory agencies during any investigation into abuse, including when allegations are made against a member of the church community. Care and supervision is provided for any member of our church community known to have offended against a child or vulnerable adult, or to pose a risk to them.

 

5. We will ensure that pastoral care is respectfully made available to children and vulnerable adults and their families and to any member of our church community and their family against whom an allegation is made.

 

6. We are committed to reviewing our policy annually, and as part of this, check that our parish safeguarding procedures are up-to-date and relevant.


Our Parish Safeguarding Representative for Children is: Jan Parkins
E-mail safeguarding@sjs.church Phone: 023 9275 0442


Our Parish Safeguarding Representative for Vulnerable Adults is: Mark Mavrikakis
E-mail safeguarding@sjs.church Phone: 023 9275 0442

 

Our lead and additional recruiters are: Abbie Richardson, Suzie Platt, Helen Malbon, James Mathrick

E-mail dbs@sjs.church Phone: 023 9275 0442


If you have a safeguarding concern please contact our safeguarding officers.


If you are unable to contact the St Jude’s team, and your concern is urgent, then please contact the
Portsmouth Diocesan Safeguarding Team on 02392 899677 during office hours, or their mobile
07544 566850


If it is an emergency situation, please phone 999.

Applying for a school place

If you are wishing to contact St Jude’s Church with regards to applying for a place at a school that requires the completion of a supplementary information form, please be aware of the below policy that was agreed by the PCC of St Jude’s in their meeting of February 2019.

 

The vicar of St Jude's Church is often asked to sign school forms affirming membership or regular attendance.  Taking into account the requirements of different schools, St Jude's PCC has decided that for the purpose of school forms, 'membership' or 'regular attendance' of St Jude's will be defined as the child in question having been registered in the children's ministry programme on 12 separate Sundays within the previous 12 months. If a family has newly moved to St Jude's, they may produce a letter in support from their previous church stating the number of times they attended that church in the previous twelve months.

 
St Jude's 
Church

Tel: 023 9275 0442

email: office@sjs.church

Kent Road, Southsea, Hampshire, PO5 3EL

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