Saint Hilda's Church, Audenshaw

A 'Safe Church' policy

As a church community, we are committed to:

* The care, nurture of and respectful pastoral ministry with, all children and adults
* The safeguarding and protection of all children and adults
* The establishment of safe, caring communities which provide a loving environment, where there is a culture of 'informed vigilance' regarding the dangers of abuse, which:

For children and young people

* Values them for who they are and nurtures their positive development
* Enables them to participate fully and contribute to their church community
* Protects them from actual or potential harm

For adults who may be vulnerable, including those suffering domestic abuse

* Ensures that all people feel welcomed, respected and safe from abuse
* Encourages those who may be vulnerable
- to lead as independent a life as possible
- to choose how to lead their life, and
- to be active contributors to the church community
* Protects those who may be vulnerable from actual or potential harm

For all people

* Enables and encourages concerns to be raised and responded to, openly and consistently
* Offers support and care for those suffering, or who have suffered, from any form of abuse
* Promotes respect and the value of each person as a child of God

We are therefore committed to best practice according to the national policies and guidelines of the Church of England, in the protection of children and vulnerable people; in the recruitment, training and supervision of all who exercise a pastoral ministry; and in responding to any allegations or complaints.

This policy is reviewed each year by the Parochial Church Council and re-affirmed at the Annual Meeting

Because we understand that:
* God has a special care for those who struggle
* All of us at different periods of our lives are vulnerable and in need of help
* We can make a difference

Contacts ...

Vicar;
Fr John Kershaw 0161 336 2310

Churchwardens
Mrs Julie Caine 0161 336 4212
Mrs Jean Melling 0161 344 0057

Safeguarding and Adults at Risk Co-ordinator
Mrs Sandra Marston 0161 336 0151

Hall managers and bookers
Fr John Kershaw 0161 336 2310

Who co-ordinates work in the church related to children, young people, adults at risk?
Mrs Sandra Marston 0161 336 0151

Who are the other youth and children's /'adults at risk' workers?
Group Scout Leader: Mrs Elizabeth Perry 0161 336 2821

Who can you speak to, if you observe, are told about, or have any personal concerns regarding the safeguarding of children or vulnerable adults?
Rev Fr John Kershaw 0161 336 2310
Mrs Sandra Marston 0161 336 0151
Mrs Elizabeth Perry 0161 336 2821
(Group Scout Leader)

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