Safeguarding children and adults who may be vulnerable
Why does safeguarding matter in a Christian community?
St Alfege’s works to provide a safe environment for the whole Church family, especially children and adults at risk. We aim to be a place where children and young people are nurtured and protected; and where all people, and especially those who may be vulnerable for any reason, are able to worship and pursue their faith journey with encouragement and in safety.
We follow the national legal and procedural framework for safeguarding children and vulnerable adults, and Church of England policy and practice.
Reporting a Concern
The safeguarding officers for St Alfege Church are:
Reverend Chris Moody (Vicar) Nick Hervey (Church Warden)
020 8858 6828 07968 382159
You can contact either of these officers if you have any questions about our policies and procedures or if you suspect a child or vulnerable adult is at risk.
Safeguarding children and young people and Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults policies are in place at St Alfege Church and were adopted by the Parochial Church Council (PCC) on 23 March 2016. These policies are reviewed annually and displayed at the back of church on the notice board.
We act promptly on any complaints made, and work in close partnership with police and social care services where children or vulnerable adults have been harmed or are at risk of harm or mistreatment.
We provide safe recruitment, training and support to our voluntary and paid workers with children and vulnerable adults. This includes DBS checks for all our Children’s Church leaders. We also aim to hold relevant safeguarding training annually for our many volunteers.
In accordance with best practice a copy of the manual ‘A Safe Church’ is kept in the Church office and is available on request.
More information can be found on the Diocese of Southwark website. http://www.southwark.anglican.org/what/safeguarding-people