SAFE GUARDING POLICY

UNITED BENEFICE OF

KIRKDALE L.E.P WITH HAROME, NUNNINGTON and POCKLEY

 

SAFEGUARDING POLICY AND PROCEDURE

 

  1. Policy Statement:

The Kirkdale Benefice is committed to and takes seriously our responsibility to protect and safeguard the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults entrusted to our care.

Safeguarding will be a regular item on the agenda of PCC/JCC meetings.

To this end Kirkdale Benefice as a representative of the whole church family is committed to:

  • Listening to and valuing children, young people and vulnerable adults.
  • Relating to children, young people and vulnerable adults effectively,
  • Ensuring their protection and minimizing risk through their involvement in the Parish youth or related activities.
  • Encouraging and supporting parents and carers
  • Ensuring that both paid and volunteer children and youth workers are properly selected, appointed and given support and training.
  • Having a system of procedure for dealing with concerns or allegations about possible abuse.

 

  1. Selecting and appointing workers and volunteers:

Kirkdale Benefice will appoint workers and volunteers according to the Diocesan guidelines for safer recruitment.

All prospective workers and volunteers, before any appointment is made will need to:

  • Complete a simple application form
  • Provide two referees
  • Complete a Confidential Declaration form.
  • Where necessary, be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service(DBS)Disclosure
  • Read and keep for reference, a copy of the Benefice Safeguarding Policy,

Kirkdale Benefice operates a policy of fair treatment of all applicants and the handling and safe keeping of information and personal Data . The Benefice will work within the DBS code of practice.

 

  1. Safeguarding Procedures

Prevention from physical, emotional or sexual harm is of paramount importance and the child or vulnerable adult will always be considered first.

Leaders will be vigilant in their work, using common sense and high levels of good working practice. They will endeavour not to cause Children to be at risk of abuse or unnecessary harm or neglect.

Leaders will be sensitive to the possibility of children being at risk and aware of proper procedures should a child disclose information of abuse or they suspect abuse.

Proper leader to child ratios will be strictly adhered to with a minimum of 2 leaders no matter what size group of children.  There will be one leader per 6 young people attending between the ages of 3 and 8. There will be one leader per 8 young people attending between the ages of 8 and 16. Sole charge is not recommended, but it is recognised that there are sometimes unavoidable extenuating circumstances.  The leader will therefore minimise any risk as a matter of utmost priority (Eg: Remain in a public part of the building, ask a parent or other adult to sit in, make aware that when travelling on outings an adult may be in sole charge of a car). Cancellation is always an option.

  • When necessary, Parent/Guardian consent will always be sought using the Diocesan consent form.
  • Kirkdale Benefice has nominated a Safeguarding Officer to whom any allegation or concerns about child abuse should first be directed. 

The nominated person is NOT one of those working with children and young people.  They will follow the guidelines for responding to any allegations of abuse.

 

  1. RESPONDING TO ABUSE (1)

These four categories of abuse are used by every local Authority in England and Wales.

Neglect:  The persistent or severe neglect of a child, or the failure to protect a child from exposure to any kind of danger, including cold or starvation, or extreme failure to carry out important aspects of care, resulting in the significant impairment of the child’s health or development, including non-organic failure to thrive.

Physical Injury: Actual or likely physical injury to a child, or failure to prevent physical injury (or suffering) to a child including deliberate poisoning, suffocation and Munchausen’s syndrome by proxy.

Sexual Abuse: Actual or likely sexual exploitation of a child or adolescent.  The child may be dependent and/or developmentally immature.

Emotional Abuse: Actual or likely severe adverse effect on the emotional and behavioural development of a child caused by persistent or severe emotional ill treatment or rejection.  All abuse involves some emotional ill treatment.

Where abuse occurs, someone known to and trusted by the child, often a family member usually perpetrates it. The incidence of abuse by someone unknown to the child is extremely low.

RESPONDING TO ABUSE  (2)

What to do if you suspect abuse or an allegation is made:

Keep calm and follow these simple guidelines but remember suspicions should not be discussed with anyone other than those nominated.

DO NOT INVESTIGATE DISCLOSURERS OR ALLEGATIONS OF ABUSE. IT IS NOT YOUR ROLE, YOU COULD DO MORE HARM THAN GOOD AND IT WILL INTERFERE WITH ANY LEGAL PROCEEDING THAT MIGHT BE BROUGHT.

In the situation of a child or vulnerable adult disclosing information to you about abuse:

  1. Allow the child to speak, but do not ask any leading questions.
  2. Let the individual know that you will have to pass on the information.
  3. If there is immediate danger you may feel it necessary to contact Social Services or Police.
  4. Make a detailed written record of what was said doing so within an hour if possible.
  5. Report any concerns as soon as possible to the

 

Safeguarding Officer: Mrs Daisy Barnes

Telephone: 01751 431429

 

Incumbent : Revd Susan Binks

Telephone : 01439 770523

 

The nominated person (Mrs Daisy Barnes) then contacts the appropriate statutory authorities.

Social Services or Police

and also contacts Julie O'Hara on 01904 699524 or safeguarding@yorkdiocese.org

 

For Safeguarding advice contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser  Julie O'Hara on 01904 699524 or safeguarding@yorkdiocese.org.

 

For Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) enquiries contact the Diocesan DBS Administrator on 01904 707021 or becci.leckenby@archbishopofyork.org.

 

POLICY ADOPTION AND REVIEW

 

The implementation of this policy will be reviewed Annually.

This policy is adopted by and on behalf of Kirkdale LEP.

 

 

Signed ………………………………………Dated ………………………………

 

Useful Telephone Nos.

Diocese of York Child Protection

Churches Child Protection Advisory Service Helpline0845 1204450

Social Services (Customer Services – ask for Child Protection 018459501555 (8.30 – 5pm Mon – Thurs 8.30 – 4.30 Friday)

Out of hours Emergency North Yorkshire01609 762314

Ecclesiastical Insurance Group, Beaufort House, Brunswick Road, Gloucester GL1 1JZ Telephone in Emergency 01452 528533