The Church of England’s Safeguarding Policy for children, young people and adults was formally adopted by the Diocese of Peterborough at the Diocesan Synod in March 2017.
The care and protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults involved in Church activities is the responsibility of the whole Church. Everyone who participates in the life of the Church has a role to play in promoting a Safer Church for all.
Under section 5 of the Safeguarding and Clergy Discipline Measure 2016, all authorised clergy, bishops, archdeacons, licensed readers and lay workers, churchwardens and PCCs must have ‘due regard’ to safeguarding guidance issued by the House of Bishops (this will include both policy and practice guidance). A duty to have ‘due regard’ to guidance means that the person under the duty is not free to disregard it but is required to follow it unless there are cogent reasons for not doing so. (‘Cogent’ for this purpose means clear, logical and convincing.) Failure by clergy to comply with the duty imposed by the 2016 Measure may result in disciplinary action. (Church of England Safeguarding Children Young People, Adults 2017)
The Parochial Church Council (PCC) takes seriously its responsibility to protect and safeguard the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. The PCC will embed the Church of England Policy which is based on 5 foundations and 6 overarching policy commitments alongside the Diocese Safeguarding policy and procedures.
Here at All Saints, we understand the importance of protecting children and vulnerable adults from harm and a safeguarding culture underpins every aspect of our church life. Please click here to see our policy, procedures and code of practice. If you have any concerns or queries please contact Rev Nick Leggett or our Parish Safeguarding Officers, Alison Andrews or Bridget Robb.