Safeguarding is the Responsibility of us all
St James' Parish recognises its responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children within the legal framework of the Children Act 1989. Anyone under the age of 18 is
considered to be a child/young person.
sometimes difficult to acknowledge that abuse can happen within a church, however any group or organisation working with children needs to be alert to the possibility of abuse occurring. It is the responsibility of us all to put the welfare of children and young people first and to recognize
and respond to behaviours that can put children at
We are aware that many children and young people are the victims of different kinds of
abuse and that
they can be subjected to social factors that have an adverse impact upon their lives, such as domestic abuse or substance misuse.
to create a safe and respectful environment within which children and young people
can thrive and churches can operate with the help and security of clear guidance.
We are committed to:
The care, nurture of, and respectful pastoral ministry with, all children and young people.
The safeguarding and protection of all children, young people and adults where they are vulnerable.
The establishment of safe, caring communities which provide a loving environment where there is a culture of ‘informed vigilance’ as to the dangers of abuse.
Concerning potentially vulnerable adults:
1. We recognise that everyone has different levels of vulnerability and
that each of us may be regarded as vunerable at some time in our lives.
2. As members of this parish we commit ourselves to respectful pastoral
care for all adults to whom we minister.
3. We commit ourselves to the safeguarding of people who may be
vulnerable, ensuring their well-being in the life of this church
4. We commit ourselves to promoting safe practice by those in positions
5. The parish commits
itself to promoting the inclusion and empowerment of people who may be
6. It is the responsibility of
each of us to prevent the physical, emotional, sexual, financial and spiritual
abuse of vulnerable people, and to report any such abuse that we discover or
7. We will care for and
supervise any member of our church community known to have offended against
children or a vulnerable person.
8. We undertake to exercise
proper care in the appointment and selection of those who will work with people
who may be vulnerable.
9. The parish is committed to
supporting, resourcing, training and regularly reviewing those who undertake
work amongst people who may be vulnerable
10. The parish adopts the
guidelines of the Church of England and the Diocese of Blackburn.
11. Each person who works with
vulnerable people will be made aware of and agree to abide by these
recommendations and the guidelines established by this church.
See the following links for details of our Safeguarding policies:
Please contact our Safeguarding Officer, David Spencer, for more information or help.