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Safeguarding at St George’s

Safeguarding

The care and protection of children, young people and adults involved in Church activities is the responsibility of everyone who participates in the life of the Church.

If you are concerned that someone you know is at risk of, or is being abused or presents a risk to others, please talk to the Vicar or Parish Safeguarding Officer, seek advice from the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser or if appropriate, report the matter to the Local Authority Social Care Service or the Police without delay.

Local contacts

Vicar Reverend Mandy Carr 01732 463291 mandy@carrfamilyonline.co.uk

Parish Safeguarding Officer Elizabeth Miller 01732 465169 elizabeth.miller101@btopenworld.com

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser Janice Keen – 01634-560000 / janice.keen@rochester.anglican.org

As a church, we are committed to

  • Promoting a safer environment and culture
  • Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children and vulnerable adults
  • Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation
  • Caring pastorally for victims/ survivors of abuse or other affected persons
  • Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concern / allegations of abuse and other affected persons
  • Responding to those that may pose a present risk.

St George’s Weald PCC operates under the guidelines laid down by the House of Bishops Safeguarding Policy for children, young people and adults. The PCC adopts the policy annually and receives regular updates.

Our ‘Promoting A Safer Church Action Plan’ includes the following principles.

  • To raise awareness of Safeguarding within the PCC and whole church congregation by displaying information on our website, posters and notices as well as promoting Safeguarding issues at PCC meetings, the APCM and at other appropriate meetings.
  • To ensure that we are up to date with the adoption of all relevant policies regarding Safeguarding and Safer Recruiting.
  • To ensure that all relevant Safeguarding and Safer Recruiting training courses are undertaken.
  • To aim to comply with all recommended good practice in all Safeguarding and Safer Recruiting issues.

Local and National Agencies/Charities

  • Police (non-emergency) 101
  • Children’s Social Services Duty Team 08458 247102
  • Kent County Council Central Referral
  • Concerned about an adult
    • 03000 416161
    • Outside office hours 03000 419191
  • Concerned about a child
    • 03000 411111
    • Outside office hours 03000 419191
  • NSPCC 0808 800 5000
  • CHILDLINE 0800 1111
  • National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC) 0808 801 0331
  • Samaritans 116 123
  • Thirtyone:eight (formerly CCPAS, an independent Christian charity) 0303 003 1111
  • Family Lives 0808 800 2222 (offers support in all aspects of family life)
  • Action On Elder Abuse 0808 8808 8141
  • National Domestic Abuse Helpline 0808 2000 247