Child Protection

Introduction

Children are God’s gift to us! They are precious and vulnerable, and therefore we have a clear duty to care for the children who are part of our Church life.

In an effort to prevent and detect any abuse of children, we have adopted guidelines drawn up by the Church of England and the Diocese of Canterbury. The Child Protection Policy Statement of the Church of England can be found below. A copy of the full Child Protection material can be obtained upon request.

We have adopted and implemented a Child Protection policy in each of our seven parishes. A copy is displayed in each church. We have also appointed a Parish Child Protection Coordinator for each congregation. They are the key link between the diocese and the parish concerning Child Protection matters. They have an overview of all parish activities involving children and young people and will monitor the implementation of diocesan guidance. The Parish Child Protection Coordinator will help the parish to coordinate the response to any Child Protection issue and will inform the Diocesan Child Protection Adviser as soon as practicable.

We also display the Childline telephone number in each church.

The Child Protection Policy Statement of the Church of England

The Church of England, in all aspects of its life, is committed to and will champion the protection of children and young people both in society as a whole and in its own community.

It fully accepts, endorses and will implement the principle enshrined in the Children Act 1989 that the welfare of the child is paramount.

The Church of England will foster and encourage best practice within its community by setting standards for working with children and young people and by supporting parents in the care of their children.

It will work with statutory bodies, voluntary agencies and other faith communities to promote the safety and well-being of children and young people.

It is committed to acting promptly whenever a concern is raised about a child or young person or about the behaviour of an adult, and will work with the appropriate statutory bodies when an investigation into child abuse is necessary.

Child Protection Coordinators

To obtain details of the Parish Child Protection Co-ordinators, please see the church noticeboard or contact:

Renate Beerling
Lead Parish Child Protection Coordinator

Margaret Weaver
G7 Administrator