Welcome to the Safeguarding Page of St John’s Church
St John’s is deeply committed to the safeguarding, care and nurture of all our members, in particular those most vulnerable. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility, and it is vital we all understand the policies and procedures that underpin our determination to keep children and adults at risk of harm, safe and secure in our church.
As a church, and a diocese, we have committed to implementing the policies and procedures as laid down by the Church of England. Some of these documents are listed below. The Parish of St John’s BBH adopted the policies as detailed below at the PCC meeting held on Saturday 14th March 2020. In addition to the Church of England policies, the Diocese of Chichester have developed important Diocesan documents as highlighted below.
Please be aware that policies and procedures are subject to minor alterations and changes. For the most up-to-date edition please go to the Church of England safeguarding page:
https://www.churchofengland.org/safeguarding/promoting-safer-church-safeguarding or speak to Vivien Herbert.
Please read the Parish Safeguarding Handbook if you have any involvement with children or vulnerable adults. It is a valuable resource and summarises our safeguarding commitment. This handbook, published by the Safeguarding unit of the Church of England, brings together in one place the Safeguarding responsibilities for parishes as outlined in the ‘House of Bishops ‘Safeguarding Policy and Practice Guidance ‘. It has been designed to support day to day work of all parishes in relation to safeguarding and to support all those who have a key role to play with children, young people and adults who may be at risk of harm.
The latest edition is to be found at https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2019-10/ParishSafeGuardingHandBookAugust2019Web.pdf
If visiting, please note the Policy Statement in the Church porch.
These policies and procedures are reviewed annually.
Please contact Vivien Herbert if you have any questions about Safeguarding at St John’s Church.
Parish Safeguarding officer
St John’s Church BBH
Church of England Policies adopted 14th March 2020:
- Promoting a Safer Church (2017)
- C of E Policy Statement (2017)
- Promoting a Safer Church Poster
- Safer Recruitment Practice Guide (2016)
- Training & Development Practice Guidance (2019)
- Safer Environment & Activities
- The Church of England Parish Safeguarding Handbook (2019)
Diocese of Chichester Policies and Procedures adopted 14th March 2020:
What To Do If You Suspect Abuse Or A Safeguarding Concern
If an adult or child is in immediate danger or need of medical attention call the police 999.
Record and report all information to the Parish Safeguarding Officer or the incumbent.
If they are not available see contact list below.
For non-emergency concerns contact the Parish Safeguarding Officer or the clergy or the Safeguarding Adults representative or if not available a Pastoral Facilitator.
The Diocese Safeguarding Advisor will be consulted within 24 hours by the Safeguarding team or clergy for advice and guidance.
RECORD ALL ACTIONS and report to the Safeguarding Officer or clergy.
(Wherever possible no action should be taken without the consent of the adult unless doing so is likely to increase the risk to the adult or put others at risk).
Parish Safeguarding Officer, Vivien Herbert, firstname.lastname@example.org
01403 266 915; 07725692477
Clergy, Rev’d Mark Lavender
07858 555 161
Rev’d Brian New
01403 251 068
Hazel Lamb, Safeguarding rep.Adults
07747 604 415
Further support is also available from the Pastoral Facilitators: