Holy Trinity has appointed an experienced Safeguarding Co-ordinator who is responsible for both children and adults at risk and also acts as Lead Recruiter. All employees and volunteers follow safer recruitment policies including DBS checks as necessary and are required to read the Diocesan Safeguarding Policies and encouraged to undertake the on-line training. They have a role description outlining their responsibilities and the opportunity for an annual review. We have provided safeguarding training Level 1/2 for 30 people including the bulk of the PCC. We have also provided training on Child Sexual Exploitation. Safeguarding is a standard agenda item at each PCC meeting and reports are regularly tabled. We provide a Safeguarding Manual and have a prominent notice board.
HOLY TRINITY SAFEGUARDING STATEMENT
Principles of the House of Bishops’ Policy for Safeguarding Children, Young People and Adults at Risk
We are committed to the safeguarding, care and nurture of everyone within our community
These policy commitments are based on our five foundations:
- Human rights and the law
- Core principles
- Good safeguarding practice
- Learning from the past
Holy Trinity Church is committed to:
- The care, nurture of, and respectful pastoral ministry with all children, young people and adults.
- The safeguarding and protection of all children, young people and adults
- The establishing of safe, caring communities which provide a loving environment where victims can report or disclose abuse, where they can find support and best practice that contributes to the prevention of abuse.
- We will carefully select and train all those with any responsibility within the Church, in line with safer recruitment principles, including the use of Disclosure and Barring Service.
- We will respond without delay to every complaint made which suggests that a child, young person or adult at risk may have been harmed, co-operating with the police and Social Services in any investigation.
- We will seek to work with anyone who has suffered abuse, developing with him or her, an appropriate ministry of informed pastoral care.
- We will seek to challenge any abuse of power, especially by anyone in a position of trust.