The PCC recognises the importance of its ministry with children and young people and its responsibility to protect and safeguard the welfare of children and young people entrusted to the church’s care. The welfare of the child is always paramount.
As part of its mission, the Church is committed to:
- The safeguarding, care and nurture of children and young people within our church community and who participate in any activity of the church;
- Safe recruitment, supervision and training for all the children’s/youth workers within the church.
- Responding without delay to every report or cause for concern that a child or young person for whom it is responsible may be or may have been harmed in any way;
- Full cooperation with statutory agencies during any investigation into allegations concerning abuse of a child or young person in the church community;
- Providing informed pastoral care to any child, young person or adult who has suffered abuse;
- The management and supervision of any member of the church community known or thought to pose a threat to children or young people.
The PCC recognises the need to provide a safe and caring environment for children and young people. It also recognises that children and young people can be the victims of physical, sexual and emotional abuse, and neglect. The PCC has therefore adopted the procedures set out in the child protection policy (available on request).
The PCC is committed to on-going child protection training for all those who work with children and youth people and will regularly review the Policy and procedures.