Safe Guarding

Statement of Safeguarding Policy
for the Parish of Gainsborough and Morton
We are committed to the safeguarding, care and nurture of everyone within our community in
accordance with the safeguarding principles of the Church of England.
1. Promoting a safer environment and culture
We will strive to create and maintain environments that are safer for all, that promote well-being, that
prevent abuse, and that create nurturing, caring conditions within the Church for children, young people
and vulnerable adults. Our Church Officers will respect all children, young people and vulnerable adults
and promote their well-being. We will challenge any abuse of power, especially by anyone in a position of
trust.
2. Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children
and vulnerable adults within the Church
We will select and vet all those with any responsibility related to children, young people and vulnerable
adults within the Church, in accordance with the House of Bishops safeguarding policy and practice
guidance. We will train and equip Church Officers to have the confidence and skills they need to care for
and support children, young people and vulnerable adults and to recognise and respond to abuse.
3. Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation
Anyone who brings any safeguarding suspicion, concern, knowledge or allegation of current or noncurrent
abuse to the notice of the Church will be responded to respectfully and in a timely manner, in line with
statutory child and adult safeguarding procedures and the House of Bishops safeguarding policy and
practice guidance.
4. Caring pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse and other affected persons
We will endeavour to offer care and support to all those that have been abused, regardless of the type of
abuse, when or where it occurred. Those who have suffered abuse within the Church will receive a
compassionate response, be listened to and be taken seriously
5. Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns or allegations of abuse and
other affected persons
The Church in exercising its responsibilities to suspicions, concerns, knowledge or allegations of abuse will
endeavour to respect the rights under criminal, civil and ecclesiastical law of an accused Church Officer
including the clergy. A legal presumption of innocence will be maintained during the statutory and Church
inquiry processes. The Church will take responsibility for ensuring that steps are taken to protect others
when any Church Officer is considered a risk to children, young people and vulnerable adults.
6. Responding to those that may pose a present risk to others
The Church, based on the message of the gospel, opens its doors to all. We will therefore endeavour to
offer pastoral care and support to any member of the church community who may present a known risk.
The Church will ensure that any risk has been assessed and is being managed in a safeguarding agreement
in accordance with House of Bishops policy and practice guidance.
This policy was approved by Gainsborough and Morton PCC on…26/09/2018
The Parish Safeguarding Officer is…Mrs Janet Clarke