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Safeguarding is everyone's business

 

If you have information about a safeguarding situation where a child or adult is at immediate risk of significant harm, in the first instance you should always contact your local social services team or local police (call 999 or 101). You must then inform your Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA) - Jenny Price, the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser for the Bradford and Huddersfield Areas (0113 3530 258 or 07800 740001)

 

We understand reporting abuse may be very difficult and distressing to you and it may add to your hurt by our not being able to immediately assist you. Therefore here are the contact details of other agencies that are available to assist either on a 24-hour basis or through specialist helplines and services:

 

NSPCC Child Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are worried about a child.

Child-line: 0800 1111 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are a child or young person and are worried about anything.

National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 ((lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse.

Samaritans Helpline: 08457 90 90 90 (open 24 hours). Phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to.

Action on Elder Abuse Helpline: 080 8808 8141 ( free phone Monday to Friday 9-5pm)

 

Safeguarding Policy Statement 

 

This is the Policy Statement on Safeguarding in the Church as adopted by St Luke’s Morton.

 

Each person who works within this church will agree to abide by these recommendations and the guidelines established by this church. Carole Flaherty is the Parish Safeguarding Officer; she can be contacted on 01274 515844.

 

The application of this policy will be reviewed each year and a report provided by the Parish Safeguarding Officer to the PCC.

 

Every person has a value and dignity which comes directly from the creation of male and female in God’s own image and likeness. Christians see this potential as fulfilled by God’s re-creation of us in Christ. Among other things, this implies a duty to value all people as bearing the image of God and therefore to protect them from harm.

 

The Diocese of Leeds and all parishes within it adopt Church of England polices and practice guidance relating to safeguarding.

 

We will endeavour to safeguard children, young people and adults by:

• Ensuring the care, nurture of, and respectful pastoral ministry with, all children, young people and adults.

• Carefully selecting and training all those with any responsibility within the Church, in line with safer recruitment principles,

  including the use of criminal records disclosures and registration with the relevant vetting and barring schemes.

• Supporting, resourcing, training and regularly reviewing those who undertake work with children, young people and adults.

• Establishing safe, caring communities which provide an environment where there is a culture of ‘informed vigilance’ as to  

  the dangers of abuse.

• Recognising that it is the responsibility of each of us to prevent the physical, emotional, sexual, financial and spiritual

  abuse of children, young people and adults, and to report any such abuse that we discover or suspect.

• Responding without delay to every complaint made which suggests that a child, young person or adult may have been  

  harmed, co-operating with the police and local authority in any investigation.

• Seeking to work with anyone who has suffered abuse, developing with him or her an appropriate ministry of informed  

  pastoral care.

• Committing ourselves to promoting safe practice by those in positions of trust.

• Challenging any abuse of power, especially by anyone in a position of trust.

• Offering pastoral care and support, including supervision and referral to the proper authorities, to any member of our

  church community known to have offended against a child, young person or adult.