The PCC members are committed to the safeguarding, care and nature of all members of the parish, particularly children and young people.
The PCC recognise that the parish’s work with children and young people is the responsibility of the whole church community.
The PCC are committed to implementing the House of Bishops’ Child Protection Policy ‘Protecting All God’s Children 2004’ and the Diocesan procedures which are based on the Children’s Act 1989, and Government guidance ‘Working together to Safeguard Children 2006’.
The PCC will carefully select and train ordained and lay ministers; volunteers and paid workers with children and young people, using the Criminal Records Bureau, amongst other tools, to check the background of each person.
The PCC will respond, without delay, to every complaint made that a child or young person, for whom it is responsible, may have been harmed.
The PCC will co-operate fully with statutory authorities during any investigation concerning a member of the church community.
The PCC will seek to offer informed pastoral care to any child or children, young person or adult who has suffered abuse.
The PCC will care for and supervise any member of the church community known to have offended against a child.
The PCC reviews the Parish Child Protection Policy annually and as part of that process will ensure that all procedures at St John’s, particularly in relation to the Criminal Record Bureau, are up to date.
For further information about the safeguarding of children and adults in the Diocese of Chichester, please contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, Colin Perkins on 01273 425792 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
To speak to someone during out of office hours, please contact The National Association for People Abused in Childhood. Freephone Support Line 0800 085 3330.