Safeguarding

Parish safeguarding policy

The Parish of St Stephen with St Julian, St Albans is part of the Diocese of St. Albans in the Church of England, whose Archbishops, Bishops, clergy and leaders are absolutely committed to safeguarding as an integral part of the life and ministry of the Church.

Safeguarding means the action the Church takes to promote a safer culture. We will promote the welfare of children, young people and adults, work to prevent abuse from occurring, seek to protect those 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.

The Church of England affirms the ‘Whole Church’ approach to safeguarding. This approach encompasses a commitment to consistent policy and practice across all Church bodies, Church Officers and that everyone associated with the Church, who comes into contact with children, young people and adults, has a role to play.

The Church will take appropriate steps to maintain a safer environment for all and to practice fully and positively Christ’s Ministry towards children, young people and adults; to respond sensitively and compassionately to their needs in order to help keep them safe from harm.

Although safeguarding is the responsibility of everyone here, Jane Wright is our designated Safeguarding Officer, assisted by Geoff Dodd: full contact details are given below together with that of the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser. They can be contacted about any safeguarding matter.

1) Jane Wright
    Parish Safeguarding Officer
 07801 892478
 
2) Geoff Dodd
Assistant Parish Safeguarding Officer
01727 874347
 
3) Jeremy Hirst
Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser
01727 818107 / 07867 350886

More information on the Church of England’s National Safeguarding can be found here: www.churchofengland.org/safeguarding

More information about Safeguarding in the Diocese of St. Albans can be found here: https://www.stalbans.anglican.org/diocese/safeguarding