Midge Hall Methodist Church - Statement of Safeguarding Principles

Midge Hall Methodist Church, along with the whole Christian Community, believes that every person has a value and dignity which comes directly from the creation of humans in God’s own image and likeness. Christians see this potential as fulfilled by God’s re-creation of us in Christ. Among other things this implies a duty to value all people as bearing the image of God and therefore to protect them from harm.

Midge Hall Methodist Church is committed to:

the care and nurture of, and respectful pastoral ministry with all children, young people and adults

the safeguarding and protection of all children, young people and adults when they are vulnerable

the establishing of safe, caring communities which provide a loving environment where there is informed vigilance as to the dangers of abuse.

We will carefully select and train all those with any responsibility within the Church, in line with Safer Recruitment principles, including the use of criminal records disclosures and registration with  the relevant vetting and barring schemes.

We will respond without delay to every complaint made which suggests that an adult, child or young person may have been harmed, cooperating with the police and local authority in any investigation.

We will seek to work with anyone who has suffered abuse, developing with them an appropriate ministry of informed pastoral care.

We will seek to challenge any abuse of power, especially by anyone in a position of trust.

We will seek to offer pastoral care and support, including supervision and referral to the proper authorities, to any member of our church community known to have offended against a child, young person or vulnerable adult.

In all these principles we will follow legislation, guidance and recognised good practice.

All Safeguarding information, including a current, signed Policy Document is prominently displayed on a dedicated notice-board  in the Church Hall and strict up-to-date administration records are kept and shared with Circuit and District Safeguarding Officers, when required.  Channels of communication between Church, Circuit  and District are good.

Reviews of Policy and Practice are carries out annually and revised when the guidelines issued by The Methodist Church necessitates.

Midge Hall Methodist Church's Safeguarding Officer is Mrs Ann Christine Stafford.

The Safeguarding Policy is detailed at Appendix 1.

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