St John’s Safeguarding Policy

Everyone at St John’s has a duty of care to protect others from harm and accidents.

St John’s Church as a place of worship is committed to the protection of children and vulnerable adults, and ensuring the well-being of all who attend Church activities.

The Church takes the safety of everyone very seriously and expects that all will work within the church’s safeguarding policy.  In particular the church expects anyone who becomes aware of a safeguarding risk, or of actual abuse to raise this immediately.

The PCC follows the Birmingham Diocesan Policy, committed to ensuring that everyone working with children, young people and vulnerable adults:

•Has been safely recruited
•Is adequately trained and supervised
•Understands and follows St John`s Church Safeguarding Policy

Download a copy of our Safeguarding Policy for Children and Young People

Download a copy of our Safeguarding Policy for Adults

St John’s Church recognizes its responsibilities for the safeguarding of all children, young people under the age of 18yrs, and vulnerable adults regardless of gender, ethnicity or ability, as set out in current Legislation, and to nurture, protect and safeguard all children and young people taking part in church activities on or off site.

We as a church have a duty to protect the children entrusted to our care and all of the volunteers and staff working in our groups are checked by the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) and are offered regular training in Safeguarding.

Sue Clegg

Sue Clegg

St John’s Parish Safeguarding Children’s Coordinator
The designated person for Safeguarding is Sue Clegg who, with the incumbent, will advise and take appropriate action where necessary.

Sue is responsible for processing Disclosure and Barring records and assisting with Safe Recruitment, liaising with the Diocese and CCPAS. (Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service)

Children and young people under 18yrs
DBS Safeguarding clearance is provided at differing levels for different groups of people. In co-operation with the Diocese, each of the church’s ministries has been considered as to which level is required.

All those working with under 18 yr olds will require some level of DBS clearance, whether assisting with crèche, leading Sunday morning Children’s Groups, Toddler Group, hosting Youth Cell groups or helping at Friday Night Club.

Short-term volunteers such as those helping at Soul Survivor will also require safe recruitment, so if you intend helping, don’t leave it until the last minute to volunteer!

The ministries listed above are at various levels, so if you are covered for one area please do not assume you are covered elsewhere.  For instance, Toddler Group helpers are not cleared for Sunday Children’s Groups.

Vulnerable Adults
The law is more complicated when it comes to Vulnerable Adults which includes all The Crossway Ministries and those assisting Catriona Foster in her work with Older People.

If you are in any doubt about your situation contact Sue Clegg at church, via the Church Office on 0121 426 4601 or by email on sueclegg@stjohns-church.co.uk

If you have any concerns about the safety or welfare of anyone under 18yrs, or a vulnerable adult in our church, please speak with the Clergy or Sue Clegg.

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