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Promoting a Safer Church



               The  Church  of  England’s  Safeguarding  Policy  for


               children, young people and adults


               Introduction

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               The care and protection of children, young people  and vulnerable adults  involved in Church
               activities is the responsibility of the whole Church. Everyone who participates in the life of the
               Church has a role to play in promoting a Safer Church for all.
               This document sets out the safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adult’s policy
               of the Church of England. It has been informed by the Joint Safeguarding Statement between
               the Church of England and the Methodist Church, with whom we work jointly on many aspects
               of safeguarding policy on a covenant basis.

               The Church of England safeguarding policy statement is based on 5 foundations and offers
               6 overarching policy commitments:

                     Promoting a Safer environment and culture
                     Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children,
                       young people and vulnerable adults within the Church
                     Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation
                     Caring pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse and other affected persons
                     Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns or allegations of abuse and
                       other affected persons
                     Responding to those that may pose a present risk to others.
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               This policy applies to all Church Bodies  and Church Officers . Full understanding of, and
               adherence to, this policy should lead to a deepening in the understanding of, and respect for,
               the rights of children, young people and vulnerable adults as people of faith in the life of the
               Church.




               1  The phrase “young people/person” means any individual(s) aged 14 to 17 years old
               2  Section 6 Safeguarding and Clergy Discipline Measure 2016 defines a ‘vulnerable adult’ as “…a person aged 18
               or  over  whose  ability to  protect himself or herself  from  violence,  abuse,  neglect  or exploitation  is significantly
               impaired through physical or mental disability or illness, old age, emotional fragility or distress, or otherwise; and
               for that purpose, the reference to being impaired is to being temporarily or indefinitely impaired…” The full text of
               the 2016 Measure can be found here:- https://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/jt201516/jtselect/jtecc/79.pdf
               3   Church  Bodies  includes  PCCs,  diocesan  bodies,  cathedrals,  religious  communities,  theological  training
               institutions and the National Church Institutions. This policy will apply to the whole of the provinces of Canterbury
               and York (including the Diocese in Europe subject to local variations/modifications). There is also an expectation
               that the policy will apply to the Channel Islands and Sodor and Man unless there is specific local legislation in a
               jurisdiction that would prevent adoption.
               4  A “Church Officer” is anyone appointed/elected by or on behalf of the Church to a post or role, whether they are
               ordained or lay, paid or unpaid.
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