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The welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults is an absolute priority for the Church. Safeguarding shows God's love in action and in churches demonstrates safety and security, where abuse and mistreatment of others is not tolerated.
If you are concerned that someone you know about may be suffering harm please contact:
Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults Adviser
Mr Charles Proctor - 07458 016884
Charles works on a part-time basis checking both emails and phone calls at least daily. If he is unavailable and you believe a child be at immediate risk, you must contact Cumbria childrens services using the 24 hour number below or the police.
Cumbria County Council Children's Services
0333 240 1727
Urgent concerns about vulnerable adults should be referred to your local District social care office (or 01228 526690 out of normal office hours).
Charles is also happy to answer other questions and provide advice relating to these issues or policies.
Diocesan Synod approved the new policy on 10 March 2012 and it is updated in line with with national guidance from statutory agencies and the Church of England. It provides best practice advice so that church activities involving children, young people and/or adults who may be vulnerable are run in a fun, safe, thoughtful and caring way. You should also refer to it if concerned about a particular person(s). It is laid out in an easy to reference format, with contents, checklists and practical templates to use in the appendicies.
There is a PDF (downloadable below) for answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the policy.
Updates on Safeguarding in the Diocese.
We have updated Section 4 and Section 6 of the Diocesan safeguarding people policy to take account of new policies approved by the House of Bishops in particular an updated policy on safe recruitment and a procedure for managing serious situations. The safe recruitment procedures issued in 2014 to provide a clear process for appointment of volunteers to work with children and vulnerable adults within parishes are largely unchanged.We have also issued new one page guides for parishes on recording safegarding incidents and management and retention of parish safeguarding records. Fuller details on these changes are being sent to both clergy and parish safeguarding coordinators.
The programme for Foundation Training and Parish Co-ordinators Briefings for the period from September 2015 to March 2016 is published below.
The Diocesan Safeguarding Panel
The Diocesan Safeguarding Panel meets quarterly and has the following members:
- The Right Reverend Robert Freeman, Bishop of Penrith (Acting chair who has lead responsibility for safeguarding in the Diocese).
- The Reverend Canon Cameron Butland, Bishop's Chaplain
- Derek Hurton, Carlisle Diocesan Secretary
- The Venerable Richard Pratt, Archdeacon of West Cumberland
- Graham Kay, Lancashire and Cumbria Methodist District Safeguarding Co-ordinator
- David Mills (retired Senior Probation Officer)
The Church of England documents relating to safeguarding are a useful resource for all those working vulnerable people. They can accessed through the Church of England website or Church House Publishing. They include:
- Protecting all God's Children -4th edition (2010)
- Promoting a Safe Church (2006)
- Responding to domestic abuse (2006)
- Responding well to those who have been sexually abused (2011)
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Version 5.3 : April 2012, updated September 2012 and July 2014
What has changed in Safeguarding training? In December 2015, the House of Bishops endorsed a ...