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Parish Safeguarding policy


All Saints’ Highfield

1. We are committed to:

The care, nurture of, and respectful pastoral ministry with, all children and all adults
The safeguarding and protection of all children, young people and adults when they are vulnerable
The establishing of safe, caring communities which provide a loving environment where there is a culture of ‘informed vigilance’ as to the dangers of abuse.

2. We will carefully select and train all those with any responsibility within the Church, in line with safer recruitment principles, including the use of Criminal Records disclosures.

3. We will respond without delay to every complaint made which suggests that an adult, child or young person may have been harmed, co-operating with the police and local authority in any investigation and we will have a clear reporting procedure in place.

4. We will seek to work with anyone who has suffered abuse, developing with him or her an appropriate ministry of informed pastoral care.

5. We will seek to challenge any abuse of power, especially by anyone in a position of trust.

6. We will seek to offer 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 vulnerable adult.

7. In all these principles we will follow statute, guidance and recognised good practice.

8. We will advise the Diocese which Registered Body we use to process applications for Criminal Records Bureau Disclosures.

9. We will advise the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser if we receive a Disclosure which is ‘blemished’ or ‘positive’.

10. We will review this policy annually, check that our policies are up to date, and supply a copy of the updated policy statement to the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser.

This policy was reviewed by the PCC on 12/07/22

Planning your Visit

A Warm Welcome

We are a Church of England parish church in the central area of Headington, Oxford.

What will happen?

Our worship is traditional, joyful and friendly. The service lasts for about an hour.

You can read more about our beliefs and worship here. You are welcome to join in as much as you like - or just listen quietly if you prefer.

We celebrate communion every week. All who profess belief in the Lord Jesus Christ and who have been baptised are warmly invited to participate with us in the Lord’s Supper.

Where and When?

We meet at All Saints church building (details here) for our Sunday Service starting at 10:00am. When you arrive, you will be greeted by one of our sidespersons who will give you a service booklet, a bulletin and a hymn book. There is no need to book.

What should I wear? 

You will find people in t-shirts and jeans and others in suits and dresses. Come in whatever you find most comfortable.

Is the church accessible?

There is wheelchair access via ramp at the south door. We have a sound loop for anyone who needs it - please let one of the Welcome Team know on your arrival and they will help you to get set up. 

Do you have toilets?

Yes! There is one toilet, fully accessible and with baby change facilities, downstairs.

What about children?

We welcome children at all our services and we encourage them to participate in our worship. Of course, we understand that babies and young children sometimes need a break - so we have a children's corner at the back where parents can take children when necessary.  There are also often activities put on for children during the sermon. You can read more here
But please don’t worry if your little ones make some noise. No-one in the congregation will mind. Quite the opposite!        

Do you serve tea & coffee?

You are really welcome to stay for tea, coffee and biscuits after the 10am service. 

Get in touch with us
If you would like to discuss your visit - or come and see the church beforehand - you are more than welcome! Get in touch and we can arrange a time that suits you.
 
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Next, we will contact you by email to say hello and help arrange anything necessary for your visit.
  
We hope that whoever you are, you will feel at home at our church.