Safeguarding at Church

Holy Trinity Coleman’s Hatch and St Mary the Virgin Hartfield PCC Safeguarding Annual Report, September 2020

Since last April( 2019) we have continued to carry out DBS checks as and when necessary, all checks completed have been returned as clear.  We also continue to use the information systems in place to raise concerns, monitor and support vulnerable persons that have been identified in our church community.

SQP : Simple Quality Protects

A lot of work went into ensuring that we had all the relevant evidence, documentation to demonstrate good safeguarding practice and since attending an SQP audit in November 2019, we have now received our Level 1 certificates for both Churches, and these should now be displayed, alongside all of our other relevant safeguarding posters/information. Our next step is to work towards Level2 once the online audit tool is available.

Safeguarding Policies

Our Safeguarding Policy and Safeguarding Statement have been recently reviewed and updated copies will be available on our website. and in our Induction Handbooks.  Without PCC meetings during the lockdown period we have had to re-schedule other policy reviews for later meetings and so these will now be reviewed during the coming year.

  • Whistleblowing Policy
  • Responding to Safeguarding Allegations Policy
  • Behaviour Code for Adults Working with children
  • E-Safety Policy

Safeguarding Training

We have been unable to book/carry out face to face training as planned.  All PCC members and volunteers are now encouraged to complete the online modules

  • ‘C0’ – This is a ‘core’ module that contains basic messages about safeguarding. It is designed to raise awareness across churches, and the emphasis is that ‘safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility’ and can be completed by anybody.
  • ‘C1’ – This is the ‘foundation module’ that everyone who works/volunteers with children and adults in our parishes needs to complete.

Both C0 and C1 can be accessed via the national church on line training portal at: https://safeguardingtraining.cofeportal.org/

Should you have need to contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team then please use:

Team generic email: safeguarding@chichester.anglican.org

The following policy was agreed at the Parochial Church Council (PCC) meeting held on 14th September 2020.

In accordance with the Church of England Safeguarding Policy our church is committed to:

  • Promoting a safer environment and culture.
  • Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children, young people and vulnerable adults within the church.
  • Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation.
  • Caring pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse and other affected persons.
  • Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns or allegations of abuse and other affected persons.
  • Responding to those that may pose a present risk to others.

The Parish will: 

  • Create a safe and caring place for all.
  • Have a named Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO) to work with the incumbent and the PCC to implement policy and procedures.
  • Safely recruit, train and support all those with any responsibility for children, young people and adults to have the confidence and skills to recognise and respond to abuse.
  • Ensure that there is appropriate insurance cover for all activities involving children and adults undertaken in the name of the parish.
  • Display in church premises and on the Parish website the details of who to contact if there are safeguarding concerns or support needs.
  • Listen to and take seriously all those who disclose abuse.
  • Take steps to protect children and adults when a safeguarding concern of any kind arises, following House of Bishops guidance, including notifying the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA) and statutory agencies immediately.
  • Offer support to victims/survivors of abuse regardless of the type of abuse, when or where it occurred.
  • Care for and monitor any member of the church community who may pose a risk to children and adults whilst maintaining appropriate confidentiality and the safety of all parties.
  • Ensure that health and safety policy, procedures and risk assessments are in place and that these are reviewed annually.
  • Review the implementation of the Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and Practices at least annually.

Each person who works within this church community will agree to abide by this policy and the guidelines established by this church.

This church appoints Andrea McGlew as the Parish Safeguarding Officer

Incumbent : Rev Julie Sear ………………………………………………………….

Churchwardens : Paul Double………………………………………………………………………………………………

Date: 14.09.20


Andrea McGlew

Safeguarding Officer

Behaviour Code of Practice for Volunteers

Whistleblowing Policy

Safeguarding Statement

Safeguarding Policy

Responding to Allegations

Our Religious Community designated safeguarding person is: Andrea McGlew

Email: andrea.mcglew01@gmail.com
Phone: 01342 850992/07792069729

If you are a child and you need to talk to someone about things that are happening to you that you don’t like, please click on this link which takes you the Childline website, or telephone Childline on 0800 1111 –  https://www.childline.org.uk/

* If you are an adult and you need to access support about something that is happening to you, please click on this link to find out how you can do that. Scroll down to find links to various support organisations for you to contact. https://safeguarding.chichester.anglican.org/Ihavebeenabused/

* If you need to contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team, please click on this link. https://safeguarding.chichester.anglican.org/contacttheteam/

* If you need to report a safeguarding concern to the statutory authorities in Sussex, please click on this link, click on the option on the left that most describes the situation you are concerned about, and follow the advice and further links you find there. Please remember to contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team as well once you have contacted the statutory authorities. https://safeguarding.chichester.anglican.org/whatdoidoif/