This parish is committed to the safeguarding, care and nurture of the children and people of all ages in our church community.

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        This policy is observed and followed by all our workers and volunteers    

                                                    Parish Safeguarding Policy

                        The following policy was agreed at the Parochial Church Council (PCC) meeting held in April 2022

 In accordance with the Church of England Safeguarding Policy our church is committed to:

 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.

The Parish will:

 Create a safe and caring place for all.

 Have a named Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO) to work with the incumbent and the PCC to implement

 policy and procedures.

 Safely recruit, train and support all those with any responsibility for children, young people and adults to

 have the confidence and skills to recognise and respond to abuse.

 Ensure that there is appropriate insurance cover for all activities involving children and adults undertaken

 in the name of the parish.

 Display in church premises and on the front page of the parish website the details of who to contact if

 there are safeguarding concerns or support needs.

 Listen to and take seriously all those who disclose abuse.

 Take steps to protect children and adults when a safeguarding concern of any kind arises, following House

 of Bishops guidance, including notifying the Diocesan Safeguarding Team and statutory agencies


 Offer support to victims/survivors of abuse regardless of the type of abuse, when or where it occurred.

 Care for and monitor any member of the church community who may pose a risk to children and adults

 whilst maintaining appropriate confidentiality and the safety of all parties.

 Ensure that health and safety policy, procedures and risk assessments are in place and that these are

 reviewed annually.

 Inform the Diocesan Safeguarding Team if we use an alternative DBS Umbrella Body to APCS and if we

 receive any DBS Disclosures that are not clear.

 Review the implementation of the Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and Practices at least annually.

 Each person who works within this church community will agree to abide by this policy and the guidelines established by this   church.

 Parish Safeguarding Officer: Liz Farmer                                                        Incumbent: Revd. Dale Gingrich

 Churchwardens: Jan Ogilvy; Barbara Walklate

 Date: April 2022

 St. Mary’s Church Bloxham                                                                            Registered Charity No 1129237

 Safeguarding Officer  

 If you are concerned about a child or vulnerable adult and would like to speak to someone regarding safeguarding in our   parish, please contact Liz Farmer by email.  

 The Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser is Erica Hegg 07341 866832  

Please visit the Diocesan Safeguarding website for further   information.