Safeguarding means the action the Church takes to promote a safer culture, and identifies how we will promote the welfare of children, young people and adults; work to prevent abuse from occurring; seek to protect those that are at risk of being abused and respond well to those that have been abused. We will take care to identify where a person may present a risk to others, and offer support to them whilst taking steps to mitigate such risks.
At St John’s Church we know that everyone shares a responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all and everyone has a role to play in promoting a Safer Church for all. Our policies and procedures apply to both clergy and the many volunteers who generously support the numerous activities involved in the running and outreach of our church. In this way we seek to ensure all feel safe knowing that they will be treated appropriately as an individual.
In line with other churches our PCC adopts the Church of England's Safeguarding Policy "Promoting a Safer Church 2017" and the "Safer Recruitment Practice Guidance 2016". We recognise that all need to play their part in preventing or halting abuse in any form, and follow the Church of England “Responding well to domestic Abuse: Policy and Practice Guidance March 2017” in responding to Domestic Abuse and supporting survivors/victims.
These and other associated policies that the parish has adopted - dealing with domestic abuse, managing concerns or allegations, safeguarding training etc. are available to view on https://www.salisbury.anglican.org/resources-library/parishes/safeguarding1/national-policies
Our Parish Safeguarding Officers are;
Jill Bunning Paul Winsworth
If you cannot find what you need, please do not hesitate to get in touch via the Parish Office (see contacts page).