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Safeguarding Vision Statement

‘Treat everyone with respect, setting a positive example for others’.

Policy Statement on Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults in the Diss Team Ministry

  • It is the responsibility of all church members to do their best to prevent the physical, sexual, emotional, financial or spiritual abuse or neglect of children, young people and vulnerable adults and to report any abuse that is alleged or suspected.
  • The Diss Team ministry adopts the Church of England guidelines ‘Promoting a Safer Church’ as set out in the parish safeguarding handbook. This is available in the Team Office and from Church Wardens. It is also available online at https://www.dioceseofnorwich.org/training/safeguarding/policies.
  • The PCC of each parish, together with the incumbent, is the lead body and is responsible for the appointment of church workers, both paid and voluntary, in that parish.
  • In order to comply with safer recruitment practice church workers will be required to complete a confidential declaration form. Church roles that include direct responsibility for children, young people or vulnerable adults may require a DBS disclosure.
  • Church workers will be expected to undertake the safeguarding training that is offered by the Diocese.

Safeguarding Officer for the Diss Team Ministry

The person appointed to oversee the implementation of this policy is Gill Partridge.  She will report to the parish PCCs and the incumbent on the development of policy, monitoring and record keeping.

Reporting concerns or allegations of abuse

It is very important that any concerns or allegations of abuse are reported promptly.

If there is immediate danger or medical attention is required then 999 should be called.

Otherwise the information should be reported to the Team Safeguarding Officer, Gill Partridge, on 01379 688473.

If she is not available then the Rector should be contacted on 01379 642072 or the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, Sue Brice, on 07958 377079.

General Enquiries

The Team Safeguarding Officer, Gill Partridge, is available to provide information or discuss any queries.  She can be contacted by phone on 01379 688473 or in person in the Team Office on Thursday mornings.

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