Safeguarding

Safeguarding Policy Statement of St Andrew's, Fulham Fields

In accordance with the Church of England Safeguarding Policy our church is committed to:

  • Promoting a safer environment and culture.

  • Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children, young people and vulnerable adults within the church.

  • Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation.

  • Caring pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse and other affected persons.

  • Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns or allegations of abuse and other affected persons.

  • Responding to those that may pose a present risk to others.

The Parish will:

  • Create a safe and caring place for all.

  • Have a named Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO) to work with the incumbent and the PCC to implement policy and procedures.

  • Safely recruit, train and support all those with any responsibility for children, young people and adults to have the confidence and skills to recognise and respond to abuse.

  • Ensure that there is appropriate insurance cover for all activities involving children and adults undertaken in the name of the parish.

  • Display in church premises and on the parish website the details of who to contact if there are safeguarding concerns or support needs.

  • Listen to and take seriously all those who disclose abuse.

  • Take steps to protect children and adults when a safeguarding concern of any kind arises, following House of Bishops guidance, including notifying the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA) and statutory agencies immediately.

  • Offer support to victims/survivors of abuse regardless of the type of abuse, when or where it occurred.

  • Care for and monitor any member of the church community who may pose a risk to children and adults whilst maintaining appropriate confidentiality and the safety of all parties.

  • Ensure that health and safety policy, procedures and risk assessments are in place and that these are reviewed annually.

  • Review the implementation of the Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and Practices at least annually.

Each person who work within this church community will agree to abide by this policy and the guidelines established by this church.

This church appoints Verna Ridge as the Parish Safeguarding Officer.

The document was signed by Adriaan van Zyl (Church Warden), Trevor Dawson (Church Warden) and Revd Lesley Bilinda (Vicar), it was agreed and adopted by the PCC (Parochial Church Council) on Sunday 19th May 2019.

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Safeguarding officer

Verna Ridge

Our Safeguarding Officer is the first person to speak to if you have any concerns around the welfare of a child or vulnerable adult.

You can contact her on: 07956 221835

Safeguarding links

  • Diocesan Safeguarding Officer: 020 7932 1224 safeguarding@london.anglican.org

  • ChildLine: 0800 1111

  • NSPCC 24 hour helpline: 0800 800 5000

  • Action on Elder Abuse: 0808 808 8141

  • National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247

  • Thirtyone:Eight 24-hour helpline: 0303 003 1111

  • Family Lives: 0808 800 222

Children's Champion

Kelly Henderson

The Children's Champion is here to be an advocate for all children in all areas of Parish life, making sure their views are heard and their needs are thought of.

You can contact her on: 07985 917721