Safeguarding at Brookfield: Church Policy Statement

The Diocese of York and St Margaret's Church, Brookfield:

  • Are committed to the protection, safeguarding, care and nurture of all children and adults within the church community.
  • Will carefully select and train (ordained and lay ministers, as well) as volunteers and paid workers who work with children and young people, using the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and the highest quality safe recruitment practices, to check the background of each person.
  • Will expect anyone who holds a position of trust within the church to engage with the relevant National Church of England Modular Safeguarding training relevant to their particular role/position etc (renewal of which should be three-yearly).
  • Will respond without delay to every complaint or allegation made that a child or young person is a risk of, or has suffered, harm following the response and guidance from the House of Bishops and as endorsed by the National Safeguarding Team for the Church of England.
  • Will fully cooperate with statutory agencies during any investigation they make into allegations of abuse or neglect concerning a member of the church community.
  • Will work to ensure that our Parish has an appointed Parish Safeguarding Representative (or equivalent person) in place to co-ordinate safeguarding response.
  • Will work to ensure that our Parish has an up to date Safeguarding policy in respect to Children and Adults.
  • Will seek to offer informed pastoral care to any child, young person or adult who has suffered abuse, seeking advice from the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor as required
  • Will care for and supervise any member of our church community known to have offended against a child, working alongside statutory agencies as appropriate.
  • Recognises in all its work that the welfare of children is paramount, and that vulnerable adults have a right to be safeguarded and supported.

In addition St Margaret's Church, Brookfield:

  • Will review annually the Parish Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy and all associated documents.
  • Will maintain appropriate Third Party Liability insurance for the church work among children and young people.
  • Will comply with the duty under section 5 of the Safeguarding and Clergy Discipline Measure 2016 (duty to have regard to House of Bishop’s guidance on safeguarding children and vulnerable adults).