Christ Church W4 is committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults at risk to worship and grow in Christ safely. This is done in a coordinated and supported manner and involves Church Safeguarding Officers, the Parish Priests and the Diocesan Safeguarding Team. Concerns about children, young people and adults at risk will be diligently and promptly responded to according to our procedures, recognising the sensitivity it may hold for those involved.
Parish Policy Statement on safeguarding children and vulnerable adults
Every person has a value and dignity, which comes directly from the creation of people in God’s image. 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. We commit ourselves to nurture, protect and safeguard all our members, particularly children, young people and adults at risk.
We recognise that safeguarding is the responsibility of the whole church.
We undertake to exercise proper care in the selection, appointment, training and support of those working with children or adults at risk.
We will respond without delay to concerns or allegations that a child or adult at risk may have been harmed, cooperating fully in any investigation.
We will challenge any abuse of power by anyone in a position of trust.
We will seek to offer pastoral care to anyone who has suffered abuse.
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 adult at risk.
Our Safeguarding Officer is the person to speak to if you have any concerns around the welfare of a child or adult at risk.
You can contact her on: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also speak to any of the Clergy about your concerns.
contact the Church Office for their no’s: 020 8995 7381
The Children’s Champion is here to be an advocate for all children in all areas of Parish life, making sure their views are heard and their needs are thought of.
You can contact her on: 0207 932 1255
Important phone numbers
Diocese of London, Sheryl Kent: 020 7932 1224 CCPAS helpline: 0845 120 4550
Childline: 0800 1111 NSPCC 24 hour helpline: 0808 800 5000