Safeguarding Policy

We are committed to the nurturing, protecting and safeguarding of everyone, especially children, young people and vulnerable adults.

We recognise that the protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults is everyone’s responsibility. Everybody who works with children, young people or vulnerable adults is DBS checked before any contact is allowed.

Our policy is in total compliance with the current legislation and conforms in every aspect to the Diocesan statement set out below:

“The Diocese of Rochester takes seriously its responsibilities in the area of safeguarding and has followed national guidelines in establishing a range of Safeguarding Policies, Advice Notes and Forms.

A part of the safeguarding process involves DBS disclosure.  Following the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) was formed in December 2012 by merging  the Criminal Records Bureau with the Independent Safeguarding Authority.  This new organisation provides a joined up, seamless service combining the criminal records checking and barring functions and helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups including children.   As a Diocese we use this service to check those who work, in both an employed and voluntary capacity, in a number of areas in the life of the Diocese and parishes”.

Our Parish Disclosure Officer is Barbara Smith 01732 852174.  Barbara should be the first point of contact for any safeguarding concerns.

SAFEGUARDING  – Past Cases Review

We are committed to making our church a safe space for all.

Churches across the Diocese of Rochester are currently undertaking a comprehensive safeguarding review to establish that all known past cases of concern relating to church abuse have been considered and dealt with appropriately.

If you are concerned about something you have experienced in a church, now or in the past, or you are worried about another person – perhaps a vulnerable adult or a child – there are people you can talk to and you will be taken seriously.

Anyone who needs to come forward with information or make any disclosures regarding church related abuse are encouraged to make direct contact with the Diocese of Rochester’s Safeguarding team on: 01634 560000 or visit:  www.rochester.anglican.org/safeguarding/

Recognising that this may not feel safe for those with a lived experience of abuse from within the church, a dedicated telephone helpline, operated independently from the church, by the NSPCC, is available. Calls can be made free on 0800 80 20 20.  Thank you.