ST GILES  CHURCH

SKELTON

YORK

YO30 1XT

St Giles Church Skelton York St Giles Church Skelton York

 

Safeguarding Vulnerable People & Child Protection Policy

1.  INTRODUCTION

This policy is adopted from the Diocese of York Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy, February 2015; Specimen Child Protection Policy.

 

2.  CHURCH DETAILS

Name of Church - St Giles

Parish - Skelton

Address - St Giles Church, Skelton, YORK YO30 1XT

 

3.  PARISH SAFEGUARDING REPRESENTATIVE

The Parochial Church Council (PCC) has appointed the following person to be Parish Safeguarding Representative to whom any allegation or concerns about abuse should be directed. The nominated person is not normally one of those directly working with children and young people. They will follow the guidelines and procedures for responding to any allegations of abuse.

 

Any Safeguarding Issues are to be directed to either the Parish Safeguarding Representative, details of whom are held within the Church or to the Diocese of York Safeguarding Adviser Tel: 01904 699500, 07551124951.          

www. dioceseofyork.org.uk/safeguarding

 

 

4.  CHURCH POLICY STATEMENT

YORK DIOCESE PARISH/BENEFICE CHILD PROTECTION & SAFEGUARDING POLICY 2013

This church recognises and values children and young people (anyone under the age of 18) as equal partners in the life and ministry of the church, and desires to encourage them to explore, discover and live out the Christian Gospel. The Parochial Church Council (hereafter PCC) takes seriously its obligations and responsibilities to protect and safeguard the welfare of any child or young person (i.e. under the age of 18 years) entrusted to the church's care.

 

Therefore in the church's provision and ministry, the PCC

1.  Accepts responsibility for the activities of the children's and youth groups operating under

its auspices.

 

2.  Will actively seek to protect and safeguard the physical, emotional and spiritual welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults while in the care of the church.

 

3.  Will have clear procedures for responding to suspicions or allegations about abuse, or inappropriate behaviours towards children, young people and vulnerable adults by any member of the church, and procedures for working with known offenders attending the church.

 

4.  Will ensure that both employed and volunteer children's and youth workers and all other persons working within the church who may have contact with children, young people or vulnerable adults through this work are properly and appropriately selected and appointed

as set out in the Diocese of York document: "Child Protection and Safeguarding "making the Policy Work", February 2015.

 

5.  Will ensure that children's I youth workers, all volunteers and paid workers are given adequate support and training.

 

6.  Will annually appoint a Parish Safeguarding Representative.

 

7.  Will annually review the Parish Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy and all associated documents.

 

8.  Will maintain appropriate Third Party Liability insurance for the church work among children and young people.

 

5.   ST. GILES PCC COMMITMENT TO CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE & VULNERABLE ADULTS

 

In accepting the Diocese of York Child Protection and Safeguarding Church Policy Statement, the

PCC is also committed to children by:

•  Listening to and valuing everyone, including children and young people.

•  Relating to children and young people effectively and appropriately.

•  Ensuring protection for everyone and minimizing risk of harm by any involvement in any church or related activities,

   both at the normal meeting place and when away from the normal meeting place.

•  Encouraging and supporting children, young people, parents and carers.

 

6.   PCC COMMITMENT TO WORKERS, VOLUNTEERS AND THE PARISH SAFEGUARDING REPRESENTATIVE

 

In accepting the Diocese of York Child Protection and Safeguarding Church Policy Statement, the

PCC is also committed to the workers, volunteers and the Parish Safeguarding Representative by:

 •  Giving and enabling appropriate support and training.

 •  Providing clear systems and procedures for dealing with 'Suspicions or Allegations of Abuse or Inappropriate Behaviours        

     Concerning Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults in the Parish'.

 •  Providing clear systems and procedures for the recruitment of workers and volunteers.

 •  Maintaining good links with Diocesan and statutory childcare authorities as necessary.

 

7.   DEFINITIONS

 

7.1  Safeguarding

 

"Safeguarding applies to all persons no matter what age, gender or race. A safeguarding issue can be with regard to an individual or to a group. Safeguarding relates to physical, sexual and emotional issues, and can also relate to the vulnerability, capacity and capability of a person.

 

A broad definition of Safeguarding is to "protect someone from harm or damage with an appropriate measure. Protection against attack, loss or injury. A precautionary measure. An expected stipulation or contract, an expected conduct. To provide a safe journey whilst engaged in a particular place. To preserve or to guard against, to shield. To provide a safe passage."

 

7.2  Child

A child is aged 0-13 years.

 

7.3  Young Person

A young person is aged 13-18 years.

 

7.4  Vulnerable Adult

A vulnerable adult may be anyone aged 18 and over.

 

8.  KEY STATEMENTS IN SAFEGUARDING

 

Safeguarding is everybody's business.

 

If it doesn't look right or it doesn't feel right it probably is not right.

 

The evident resilience of the person does not indicate that they are not being affected by the issue.

 

Safeguarding needs to consider support and pastoral care to the victim and a positive risk management, with pastoral response, to the perpetrator.

 

9.  DEFINITIONS OF ABUSE WITHIN THE REMIT OF CHILD PROTECTION

 

St. Giles PCC recognises the following categories of abuse used by every local authority in

England and Wales.

 

A child may suffer more than one category of abuse.

 

Neglect: Neglect is the persistent failure to meet a child's basic physical and/or psychological needs, likely to result in the serious impairment of the child's health or development. Neglect may occur during pregnancy as a result of maternal substance abuse. Once a child is born, neglect may involve a parent or carer failing to:

 

 •  provide adequate food, clothing and shelter (including exclusion from home or abandonment)

 •  protect a child from physical and emotional harm or danger

 •  ensure adequate supervision (including the use of inadequate care-givers)

 •  ensure access to appropriate medical care or treatment.

 •  It may also include neglect of, or unresponsiveness  to, a child's basic emotional needs.

 

Physical Abuse: Physical abuse may involve hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning or scalding, drowning, suffocating, or otherwise causing physical harm to a child. Physical harm may also be caused when a parent or carer fabricates the symptoms of, or deliberately induces, illness in a child.

 

Sexual Abuse: Sexual abuse involves forcing or enticing a child or young person to take part in sexual activities, including prostitution, whether or not the child is aware of what is happening. The activities may involve physical contact, including penetrative (e.g. rape, buggery or oral sex) or

non-penetrative acts. They may include non-contact activities, such as involving children in looking

at, or in the production of, sexual online images, watching sexual activities, or encouraging children to behave in sexually inappropriate ways.

 

Emotional Abuse: Emotional abuse is the persistent emotional maltreatment of a child such as to cause severe and persistent adverse effects on the child's emotional development. It may involve conveying to children that they are worthless or unloved, inadequate, or valued only insofar as they meet the needs of another person. It may feature age or developmentally inappropriate

expectations being imposed on children. These may include interactions that are beyond the child's developmental capability, as well as overprotection and limitation of exploration and learning, or preventing the child participating in normal social interaction.

 

It may involve seeing or hearing the ill-treatment of another. It may involve serious bullying, causing children frequently to feel frightened or in danger, or the exploitation or corruption of children.

 

Whilst not a recognised abuse, spiritual abuse can be considered on a par with emotional abuse, in that inappropriate  expectations may be imposed upon children and young people.

 

Emotional abuse may also include discrimination including racist, sexist, based on person's age, disability or sexuality and other forms of harassment.

 

Some level of emotional abuse is involved in all types of maltreatment of a child, though it may occur alone.

 

Organised Abuse: Organised abuse is defined as abuse involving one or more abusers and a number of children. The abusers concerned may be acting in concert to abuse children, sometimes acting in isolation, or may be using an institutional framework or position of authority to recruit children for abuse.

 

10.  DEFINITIONS OF ABUSE OF VULNERABLE ADULTS

 

Physical: including hitting, shaking, biting, grabbing, withholding food or drink, force-feeding, wrongly administering medicine, unnecessary restraining, failing to provide physical care and aids to living.

 

Sexual: including sexual assault, rape, inappropriate touching/molesting, pressurising someone into sexual acts they don't understand or feel powerless to refuse.

 

Emotional or psychological:  including verbal abuse, shouting, swearing, threatening abandonment or harm, isolating, taking away privacy or other rights, bullying/intimidation, blaming, controlling or humiliation.

 

Financial or material: including withholding money or possessions, theft of money or property, fraud, intentionally mismanaging  finances, borrowing money and not repaying.

 

Neglect: including withholding food, drink, heating and clothing, failing to provide access to health, social and educational services, ignoring physical care needs, exposing a person to unacceptable risk or failing to ensure adequate supervision.

 

Discriminatory abuse: including slurs, harassment and maltreatment due to a person's race, gender, disability, age, faith, culture or sexual orientation.

 

Institutional abuse: including the use of systems and routines which neglect the person receiving care in any formal care setting.

 

Spiritual abuse is of concern within and outside faith communities and can manifest as:

  •  Harm can be caused by the inappropriate use of religious belief or practice

  •  Misuse of authority

  •  Intrusive healing and deliverance ministries

  •  The denial of the right of faith or the opportunity to grow in the knowledge and love of God

 

11.  HANDLING KNOWN OFFENDERS ATTENDING CHURCH

 

If there is good reason to believe that someone attending the church may pose a risk to children, either as a result of a criminal conviction or for any other reason, the first concern will be a commitment to the protection of all children, young people and vulnerable adults.

 

12.  RESPONDNG TO SUSPICIONS OR ALLEGATIONS OF ABUSE OR INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOURS (COMPLAINTS)

 

All concerns must be reported to St Giles Safeguarding Representative.

 

13.  RESPONDING TO CONCERNS, INCIDENTS OR ALLEGATIONS REGARDING A VOLUNTEER  OR PAID WORKER WITHIN THE CHURCH COMMUNITY POLICY (WHISTLEBLOWING)

 

All events will be reported and actioned in line with the Diosese of York’s policy.

 

14.  SAFEGUARDING & MIXED-AGE GROUPS

 

At St. Giles we do not currently run groups where children and young people would attend without a responsible adult however should the occasion arise policy would be written and correct procedures would be followed in line with the Diosese of York’s policy.

 

15.  SAFER RECRUITMENT- RECRUITING VOLUNTEERS TO WORK WITH CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE AND VULNERABLE ADULTS

 

Great care will be exercised in the appointment of suitable workers and volunteers to the church's work with children, young people and vulnerable adults. St. Giles PCC has adopted the use of the Diocese of York's safer recruitment guidance.

 

Each new volunteer will receive a confidentiality form to complete and they will be asked to read all of St. Giles Safeguarding documents. This includes policies, procedures, protocols and forms as appropriate.

 

forms completed will be kept with the Safeguarding Representative under the terms of the Data Protection Act 1998.

 

The forms are;

  1.  Confidential Declaration Form

  2.  Safeguarding  Documents and policies

  3.  Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Application Form

 

16.  EXISTING VOLUNTEERS

 

All those who have volunteered at the church, and who continue to volunteer, in whatever capacity will be asked to:

 1.  Complete the Confidential Declaration Form (completed every 3 years)

 2.  Read the Safeguarding  Policy(completed annually)

 

A comprehensive database of all those involved with safeguarding is kept with the Safeguarding Representative.  It is kept in accordance with Data Protection Policy 1998. The database is managed jointly by the Rector and the Safeguarding Representative.

 

17.  VOLUNTEER DRIVERS

 

17.1  Transporting Children and Young People

St Giles does not currently offer to officially transport Children and Young People to organised church events but should the opportunity arise the guidelines from the Diocese of York would be followed and  any volunteer who undertakes this role would be asked to complete a Volunteer Driver Agreement Form as well as following all other safer recruitment procedures.

 

17.2  Transporting Adults

St. Giles does not currently offer to officially transport adults to organised church events and

activities  but should the opportunity arise the guidelines from the Diocese of York would be followed and  any volunteer who undertakes this role would be asked to complete a Volunteer Driver Agreement Form as well as following all other safer recruitment procedures.

 

18.  GROUPS ATTENDED BY CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE

St Giles does not currently run any children's and youth work.  Should the need arise any group would be managed within the remit of the church. Where appropriate, Protocols and other relevant documents exist to ensure the smooth running of any activity.

 

18.1  Registers for group attended by Children and Young People

Should any child activities be arranged registers would be taken during the session and retained by the Safeguarding Representative.  Individual child registration forms would be raised and

completed by the responsible adult when the child first attends. These forms would be retained by the group leader. They would kept in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.

 

Registers from all groups for the previous year would be presented at APGM to be kept with PCC Minutes.

 

18.2  Parent I Guardian Consent Form

A Consent Form would be available for organised St. Giles activities where the child or young person would be away from their parent or guardian. This includes a section on Photograph Consent.

 

18.3  Register with Local Authority

It is not necessary to register groups with the Local Authority.

 

18.4  Adult to Child Ratios

There are no stipulated Adult to Child ratios in the Safer Recruitment section of the "Diocese of

York Child Protection & Safeguarding 'Making the Policy Work"',

 

St. Giles has been informed that these ratios are given as guidance, noting that if parents are on the premises, and are therefore available to their child, the ratio can only be a guide;

Children aged   3-10 years   1 Adult: 3 Children

Children aged 10+ 1 Adult : 5 Children

 

19.  GROUPS ATTENDED BY ADULTS

There are numerous occasions where adults meet together in the context of church life. The Leaders of these groups are required to read St. Giles Safeguarding Policies annually.

 

19.1  Monthly Coffee and Chat Social

The Monthly Coffee and Chat Social is open to everyone to attend especially those who feel lonely and/or isolated. A database of volunteers is kept, in accordance with Data Protection Act 1998

 

19.2  Prayer Ministry

During Prayer Ministry, members of St. Giles Prayer Ministry team may find themselves with vulnerable adults.  St. Giles Safeguarding procedures are followed as well as the Prayer Ministry Guidelines.

 

20.  TRAINING & SUPPORT FOR ALL VOLUNTEERS

Training and support is available for all volunteers. This is through guidance within the church setting and also through external courses. It is up to each individual or group to organise their own training and to share knowledge with each other as appropriate.

 

21.  PHOTOGRAPHY  & VIDEO RECORDING OF CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE & VULNERABLE  ADULTS

The use of images is governed by the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998. This states that a person must have given explicit permission before any personal details can be published. Where the person is a child or young person, the permission, otherwise known as consent, must be given by their parent or guardian.

 

The Diocese of York requires that an assessment in made about whether publishing a photograph or video recording in any format might pose a risk to the child, young person or vulnerable adult.

 

Further information is found in the 'Diocese of York Policy for use of photographs and video recordings of children, young people and vulnerable adults'.

 

21.1  Local Photography & Video Recording Consent

Consent may be verbal or written. Written consent may be given as part of a Consent Form. Where verbal consent is given this will be logged in the Log Book.

 

Written consent is kept by the Safeguarding Officer in accordance with the 'Data Protection Act 1998'.

 

There may be occasion as part of a church service where verbal consent may be sought from the congregation. This will be logged in the Log Book.

 

Everyone is requested to be vigilant when it comes to taking photographs and video recordings during a church service or at a St. Giles organised event.

 

Under no circumstances must any image or video be uploaded onto Social Media without prior, documented consent from the person in the photograph or, in the case of a child or young person, from their parent or guardian.

 

21.2  Parent I Guardian Consent Form

This is available for anyone to complete at any time. Copies are available from the Safeguarding Officer.

 

21.3  Photography Notice

A notice is displayed at the back of church giving information relating to the use of photography

during church services and at organised events.

 

22.   SOCIAL MEDIA & SAFEGUARDING

St. Giles uses social media as a means to communicate and share information. All of those involved with the management and administration of St. Giles social media must follow the

'Diocese of York Social Media Guidelines'.

It is advised that everyone reads these Diocese of York Guidelines as they offer an insight into the role social media plays within the church community.

23.   SAFEGUARDING  AND CHILD PROTECTION POSTER

 

The Child Protection and Safeguarding Poster is displayed on the Church noticeboard, inside church.

The poster may be displayed at other locations as appropriate.

 

24.  PUBLICITY FOR THE SAFEGUARDING  AND CHILD PROTECTION PROCEDURES

Safeguarding & Child Protection Poster and policy will be displayed in Church.

 

25.  ST GILES PCC & SAFEGUARDING

St. Giles PCC Members are all responsible for safeguarding at St. Giles under the guidance of the Parish Safeguarding Representative.

Safeguarding is a Standing Item at all St Giles PCC Meetings.

 

26.  PARISH INSURANCE

The Parish Insurance Policy covers all activities on and off the church premises. This includes the church hall for events. One-off events away from the usual meeting places will only be covered by the insurance if they have had prior agreement from the PCC. This must also be included in the PCC Meeting Minutes.

 

27.  HEALTH & SAFETY

Health & Safety is a concern when considering safeguarding vulnerable people and child protection. We must also protect them from the physical environment.

 

27.1  Risk Assessments

Risk Assessments of all locations must be completed at least annually.  The inspections will be carried out by members of St. Giles Health & Safety Representative.

 

Locations that must be inspected include;

  • Church

  • Any other location used by children, young people and/or vulnerable adults

 

The Risk Assessment Form is available from the Health & Safety Representative

 

All issues must be addressed and resolved expediently.

 

27.2  Accident & Incident Reporting

All accidents and incidents must be reported to the health and Safety Representative.

 

c/o The Rectory immediately following the accident or incident to ensure that any actions are carried out expediently.

 

All accident and incidents will be presented at the APGM to be kept with PCC Minutes.

 

28.  POLICY ADOPTION AND IMPLEMENTATION

This policy is adopted by St Giles PCC and will be reviewed annually by the Parish Safeguarding

Representative on behalf of St. Giles PCC.

 

Should any outside groups use church premises they would be invited to use this policy and its related documents if they do not have their own.

 

29.  DISPLAYING THIS POLICY

A copy of the policy will always be kept in church.

 

30. SENDING A COPY OF THIS POLICY TO DIOCESAN SAFEGUARDING ADVISER

A signed and dated copy of this policy must be sent annually after its regular review to the York Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, Diocesan House, Clifton Moor, York Y030  4WJ.

 

31. USEFUL TELEPHONE NUMBERS

 

Safeguarding  Adviser

Tel: 01904 699500, 07551124951

 

Diocese of York DBS Administrator

Archbishop's Palace. Tel: 01904 707021

 

Archdeacon

Tel: 01904 623798, E: archdeacon.of.york@yorkdiocese.org

 

Churches Child Protection Advisory Service Helpline

Tel: 0845 1204450

 

York Children's  social Care

Tel: 01904 551900

 

Local Police

Tel: 101 or 01904 618691 (if outside York area)

 

Childline

Tel: 08001111

 

NSPCC

Tel: 0808 800 5000

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