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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.


It is 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 risk.


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.


We aim 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 of trust.

5. The parish commits itself to promoting the inclusion and empowerment of people who may be vulnerable.

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 suspect.

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 the Vicar, Father Andy Shaw for more information or help.