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Safeguarding 

Promoting a Safer Church

All Saints, Highfield
Parish Safeguarding Policy

The following policy was first agreed at the PCC meeting held on 18 November 2013.
This policy was reviewed and amended as necessary at the PCC Meeting held on 26 June 2019

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.

Planning your Visit

A Warm Welcome

We welcome everyone to our Sunday services - whether you are sure you believe, sure you don't believe or not sure either way!

Where and When

We meet at the Church Building (details here) for our Sunday Service starting at 10am. For your first visit, it helps to arrive early to get a parking spot and a seat in time for the service to start. When you arrive, you will be greeted by one of our sidespersons who will give you a service booklet and a hymn book.

You are welcome to join in as much as you like - or just to listen quietly if you prefer.

There is no need to book.

You are equally welcome to wear a mask or not.

Accessibility: There is wheelchair access (via the south door), and 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. There is an accessible toilet at the west end of the church.


After the service

We serve tea, coffee and biscuits. It is a great way to meet people, or simply take time to find your bearings.


What about my kids?

We believe that children are an important part of the church. God’s gracious covenant promises extend not just to us, but also to our children. We want to follow the example of Jesus, who said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them” (Matthew 19:14).

We therefore 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. But please don’t worry if your little one makes a bit of noise. No-one in the congregation will mind. Quite the opposite!      

 
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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Telephone:
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Comments / Questions or anything you would like to say?

Next, we will contact you by email to say hello and help arrange anything necessary for your visit.
 
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We hope that whoever you are, you will feel at home at our church.

Best Wishes

Leon & Charlotte Catallo