St Andrew's is a friendly and welcoming place, and so far as we are aware no child or vulnerable adult has come to any harm whilst in our care. Nonetheless, we are committed to doing all we can to continue to protect children and vulnerable adults who come into contact with the church by achieving best practice in all areas of our work. We are committed to this because each child and vulnerable adult is precious to our loving God and therefore to us.
Our safeguarding procedures comply with the guidance and recommendations of Ely Diocese and the Church of England.
What we have done
appointed a Parish Safeguarding Officer
adopted a safeguarding policy, Promoting a Safer Church, which can be found here
brought into use the Parish Safeguarding Handbook, which can be found here
implemented 'safer recruitment' procedures for all our volunteers who may come into contact with children and vulnerable adults. This includes completing a confidential declaration, the provision of two references, DBS checks and safeguarding training appropriate to the work undertaken
risk assessed all our routine activities, and ensured that we carry out risk assessments for one-off activities
adopted a policy on the recruitment of ex-offenders, which can be found here
The Parish Safeguarding Officer reports to each meeting of the Church Council.
What to do if you have any concerns about safeguarding
If you have a concern about a child, young person or adult within the church, a useful guide as to what to do is here.
The Parish Safeguarding Officer is Lisa MacGregor, who can be contacted on 07523 668731 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor is Rebecca Boswell, who can be contacted on 01353 652747 or 07904 487912 (out of hours) or email@example.com.