Safeguarding Policy

SAFEGUARDING FOR THE PROTECTION OF CHILDREN AND VULNERABLE ADULTS.

POLICY AND PRACTICE AT ST MARY’S IFFLEY.

Approved by Parochial Church Council July 2017

POLICY

At St. Mary’s we follow the policy and principles set out in the Diocesan Safeguarding Handbook (2012).  This is based on the House of Bishops Safeguarding Principles (2010). In line with the guidance, St. Mary’s has in place:

·  A safeguarding officer to ensure policy and procedures are in place and to deal with any concerns.  This is someone not directly involved in work with children and vulnerable adults.

·  Proper recruitment procedures for helpers with children and vulnerable adults, including DBS checks and confidential Declaration forms

·  Appropriate insurance for all the buildings and care of children

·  Extra training in safeguarding has been offered to volunteers with Living Stones using an online programme from the NSPCC.  

·  First Aid equipment and a Fire extinguisher are in both places and regularly checked.

·  An Incident book is kept for all activities undertaken by Living Stones.

Living Stones

1. CHILDREN

“A child is defined as anyone who has not yet reached his/her 18th birthday.”

Children attending events organised by Living Stones do so under the supervision of the responsible adult(s) with whom they have come.  This is made clear on all the publicity and printed information about the events.  All volunteers working with Living Stones receive appropriate ‘in house’ training and are always working under the direction of a DBS checked leader.

2. VULNERABLE ADULTS

“A vulnerable adult is defined as ‘ any adult aged 18 or over, who by reason of mental or other disability, age, illness or any other situation is permanently or for the time being unable to take care of him or herself, or to protect him or herself against significant harm or exploitation.”

Vulnerable adults attending events organised by Living Stones do so under the supervision of the responsible adult(s) with whom they have come.  This is made clear on all the publicity and printed information about the events.  All volunteers working with Living Stones receive appropriate ‘in house’ training and work at all times under the direction of a DBS checked leader.