Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults is everyone's responsibility. In 2019, St Simon’s Parochial Church Council (PCC) adopted the Church of England’s ‘Promoting a Safer Church’ policy statement. This policy statement actively underpins all safeguarding work within the church.
Listen to and take seriously all those who disclose abuse
Take steps to protect children and adults when a safeguarding concern of any kind arises, following House of Bishops guidance, including notifying the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA) and statutory agencies immediately
Offer support to victims/survivors of abuse regardless of the type of abuse, when or where it occurred
Care for and monitor any member of the church community who may pose a risk to children and adults whilst maintaining appropriate confidentiality and the safety of all parties
Ensure that health and safety policy, procedures and risk assessments are in place and that these are reviewed annually
Review the implementation of the Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and Practices at least annually
Each person who works within this church community will agree to abide by this policy and the guidelines established by this church.