We believe that every person has value and dignity, and therefore recognise the need to provide a safe and caring environment for all people.
We acknowledge that children, young people and adults can be the victims of physical, sexual and emotional abuse, and neglect. We accept the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant of Human Rights, which states that everyone is entitled to “all the rights and freedoms set forth therein, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status”. We also concur with the Convention on the Rights of the Child which states that children should be able to develop their full potential, free from hunger and want, neglect and abuse. They have a right to be protected from “all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment or exploitation, including sexual abuse, while in the care of parent(s), legal guardian(s), or any other person who has care of the child.”
In recognision of the above we undertake to:
- Endorse and follow all national and local safeguarding legislation and procedures, in addition to the international conventions outlined above.
- Provide on-going safeguarding training for all our workers and will regularly review all operational guidelines.
- Ensure that everyone who works with children and vulnerable adults undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, and that referrals are made to the Disclosure and Barring Service where appropriate.
- Ensure that children and adults with care and support needs are provided with information on where to get help and advice in relation to abuse, discrimination, bullying or any other matter where they have a concern.
- Support the Safeguarding Co-ordinator(s) in their work, and in any action they may need to take in order to protect children and adults with care and support needs.
- Offer pastoral care, to work with statutory agencies as appropriate, and support all those who have been affected by abuse who have contact with or are part of Trinity Church London.
- Regularly reflect on learning from the application of our safeguarding Policy and revise procedures where appropriate to keep everyone safe.
If someone attending Trinity Church is known to have abused children, or is known to be a risk to adults with care and support needs, then we will supervise the individual concerned and offer pastoral care. In addition, in our safeguarding commitment to the protection of children and adults with care and support needs, we will set boundaries for that person, which they will be expected to keep, and specify consequences if they are not kept.
We have designated Cheryl Beevers (Lead) and Mandy Tree (Deputy) as our safeguarding co-ordinators. These persons are nominated by the Leadership to act on their behalf in dealing with the allegation or suspicion of neglect or abuse, including referring the matter on to the statutory authorities. Should you have any concerns please send an email to them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If the suspicions implicate both the Safeguarding Co-ordinator and the Deputy, then the report should be made in the first instance to Thirtyone:eight, PO Box 133, Swanley, Kent, BR8 Telephone 0303 003 11 11. Alternatively, contact Social Services or the police.
A full copy of our Safeguarding Policy and Procedure document can be obtained by emailing email@example.com.