The Withamside United Parish takes safeguarding very seriously and has adopted the Statement of Safeguarding Principles as advised by Lincoln Diocese.

Statement of Safeguarding Principles

The Church of England works in partnership with other Christian Churches and other agencies in delivering safeguarding. In partnership with the Methodist Church, the following statement of principles appears at the head of each safeguarding policy:

We are committed to:
• The care, nurture of, and respectful pastoral ministry with, all children, young people and all adults; • The safeguarding and protection of all children, young people and all adults

The establishing of safe, caring communities which provide a loving environment where victims of abuse can report or disclose abuse and where they can find support and best practice that contributes to the prevention of abuse

To this end

  • We will carefully select, support and train all those with any responsibility within the Church, in line with Safer Recruitment principles, including the use of criminal records disclosures and registration/membership of the relevant vetting and barring schemes

  • We will respond without delay to every complaint made, that any adult, child or young person may have been harmed, cooperating with the police and local authority in any investigation

  • We will seek to offer informed pastoral care and support to anyone who has suffered abuse, developing with them an appropriate ministry that recognises the importance of understanding the needs of those who have been abused, including their feelings of alienation and/or isolation

  • We will seek to protect survivors of sexual abuse from the possibility of further harm and abuse

  • We will seek to challenge any abuse of power, especially by anyone in a position of trust

  • We will seek to offer pastoral care and support, including supervision, and referral to the appropriateauthorities, to any member of our church community known to have offended against a child, young person or vulnerable adult

    In all these principles we will follow legislation, guidance and recognised good practice.

Approved by this Parochial Church Council. To be reviewed in three years time April 27th 2017.
Name of Parochial Church Council:   Withamside Unitd Parish Council
Signed:    Dee Freeman

Name (print): Date: The Parish Safeguarding Officers are:  Mrs Jane Root and Mrs Alison Kelley.