a. The Axe Valley Mission Community Safeguarding Officer

Mrs Maureen D’Albertenson                mdalbertenson.t21@sky.com       01297 631025             

b. Diocese of Exeter Safeguarding Officer          01392 294912

c. MASH (Devon County Council Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub)      0345 155 1071

d. Children & Young Peoples Service (formerly Social Services)        01392 384444

e. Childline                    0800 1111

f. NSPCC Helpline           0808 800 5000

g. The Alzheimer’s Society          029 2048 0593

h. Dementia UK           0800 888 6678

Each person who works within our Mission Community will agree to abide by these recommendations and the guidelines established by our churches.

1.  The Axe Valley Mission Community Safeguarding Officer shall have an open invitation to attend the meetings of any of the Community PCCs/Congregations.

The application of this policy will be reviewed each year and a written report provided by the Mission Community Safeguarding Officer to each PCC.

As members of the Axe Valley Mission Community and individual PCCs we commit to the support, nurture, protection and safeguarding of all, especially the young and vulnerable.  We recognise that our work with children, young people and vulnerable adults is the responsibility of the whole church.  This means we will ensure that those who are employed or who volunteer to work with children, young people and vulnerable adults are suitable for the role, that they know what the role entails and that they are supported in carrying it out.  We are also committed to co-operating fully with the Diocese and any statutory agencies during, and throughout, any investigations into allegations of abuse made against any member of the church community.

Concluding statements :

Safeguarding is the responsibility of everyone

We are committed to act promptly whenever a concern is raised about a child, young person or vulnerable adult or about the behaviour of an adult, and will work with the appropriate statutory bodies when an investigation into abuse is necessary.

In all of our dealings with children, young people and vulnerable adults we will endeavour to act in accordance with the principles of this policy to safeguard them from harm.

If a person tells you about abuse :

Listen carefully but don’t ask questions

Never promise to keep it secret

Reassure the person that they have done the right thing

Pass on the information to the Mission Community’s Safeguarding Rep or a member of Clergy

Write up what you have been told as soon as possible, as far as you can using the person’s own words and give to the Safeguarding Rep/Clergy

Do not share what has happened with anybody else

Axe Valley Mission Community - Safeguarding Policy Statement

Revision Number … 1  -   28 July 2017      

This Policy Statement on Safeguarding in the Church was adopted by each member church and parish at a Parochial Church Council meeting held on ;-

The Parish of All Saints       … … … … …

The Parish of St Mary the Virgin, Axminster     … … … … …

The Parish of St Mary the Virgin, Combpyne with Rousdon   … … … … …

The Parish of St Andrew’s, Chardstock,     … … … … …

The Parish of St John the Baptist, Membury     … … … … …

The Church of Holy Cross, Woodbury (in the Parish of Axminster)  … … … … …

“For we intend to do what is right not only in the Lord’s sight, but also in the sight of others”

2 Corinthians 8: 21

The Axe Valley Mission Community aims:

i. To create an atmosphere where we promote the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and ensure that they feel valued and are safeguarded from harm.

ii. To ensure that we are equipped to deal appropriately with instances of actual or alleged abuse.

iii. To maintain a fellowship of trust and acceptance which is open in all its dealings and which loves and welcomes all but has illusions about none, having a culture of informed vigilance.

We will endeavour to safeguard children, young people and adults by:

1. Ensuring the care, nurture of, and respectful pastoral ministry with, all children, young people and adults.

2. Carefully selecting and training all those with any responsibility within the Mission Community, in line with safer recruitment principles, including the use of criminal records disclosures and registration with the relevant vetting and barring schemes.

3. Supporting, resourcing, training and regularly reviewing those who undertake work with children, young people and adults.

4. Establishing safe, caring communities which provide an environment where there is a culture of ‘informed vigilance’ as to the dangers of abuse.

5. Recognising that it is the responsibility of each of us to prevent the physical, emotional, sexual, financial and spiritual abuse of children, young people and adults, and to report any such abuse that we discover or suspect.

6. Responding without delay to every complaint made which suggests that a child, young person or adult may have been harmed, co-operating with the police and relevant authority, in any investigation.

7. Seeking to work with anyone who has suffered abuse, developing with him or her an appropriate ministry of informed pastoral care.

8. Committing ourselves to promoting safe practice by those in positions of trust.

9. Challenging any abuse of power, especially by anyone in a position of trust.

10. Offering pastoral care and support, including supervision and referral to the proper authorities, to any member of our church community known to have offended against a child, young person or adult.

11. Publishing in a prominent place in each of our churches and centres of regular activity this statement and the contact details of :-

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