Every person has a value and dignity which comes directly from the creation of male and female in God’s own image and likeness. 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 accept and endorse the principles of ‘Safeguarding in the Diocese of London’.

• We commit ourselves to nurture, protect and safeguard all our members, particularly children, young people and vulnerable adults.

• We recognise that safeguarding is the responsibility of the whole church community.

• We undertake to exercise proper care in the selection, appointment, training and support of those working in both paid and voluntary positions with children or vulnerable adults, including the use of Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosures and making appropriate referrals to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

• We will respond without delay to concerns or allegations that a child or vulnerable adult may have been harmed, cooperating with the police and social care services in any investigation.

• We will challenge any abuse of power by anyone in a position of trust.

• We will seek to offer pastoral care and support to anyone who has suffered abuse, developing with them an appropriate pastoral support.

• 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.

The PCC of this Church agreed and adopted the above Policy at its meeting on Monday 15 May 2017.

We have appointed David Wilson and Caryn Weber as our Church Safeguarding Officers (CSO), and Janice Pratt (Children) and Gail Foot (Youth) as our Children’s Champions. Chris Hughes (Drop-In) and Ann Warren (Inclusion) are our Adults at Risk Champions.

Copies of ‘Safeguarding in the Diocese of London’ and any parish guidelines and procedures are held by Caryn Weber (Safeguarding Co-ordinator), at the Church Offices, 30 Crown Road, TW1 3EE.

The PCC shall review this policy annually. The next review will take place at the first PCC meeting following the APCM on Monday 23 April 2018.

Safeguarding Policy Guidance

At St Stephen’s we are committed to the safeguarding of the children, young people and adults at risk.  We aim to create an environment which is safe for all to experience and encounter Christ.  We are supported by Diocese of London and follow their guidelines. The safe recruiting process is followed for all volunteers who work with children, young adults and adults.  This may require an application to the Disclosure and Barring service or an interview and references being taken up, prior to a volunteer joining the relevant teams. Concerns about children, young people and adults at risk will be responded to according to our procedures, by either our Church Safeguarding Officers, Clergy Team and may liaise with the Diocesan Safeguarding Team.

You can download the St Stephen’s Safeguarding Policy Guidance here>>.

For more information on Safeguarding please contact our Safeguarding Co-Ordinator, Caryn Weber, on 020 8843 7047 or carynweber@st-stephens.org.uk.