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The Barmby Moor Group of Churches believes it is important that everyone who participates in the life of our church must play their part in promoting a safer church for all. 

The following is our safeguarding policy for children, young people and vulnerable adults. It is based on the good practice advice set out in the Church of England’s own guidance, ‘Promoting a Safer Church’, which was produced by the church’s National Safeguarding Team. A copy of this guidance document can be found in the Safeguarding folder in our churches. The policy ensures that we meet our duties under Section 5 of the Safeguarding and Clergy Discipline Measure 2016 to have ‘due regard’ to the safeguarding guidance issued by the House of Bishops.


By applying the policy, we will seek to:

  • Promote a safer environment and culture.
  • Safely recruit and support all those with any responsibility related to children, young people and vulnerable adults within the church.
  • Respond promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation. 
  • Care pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse and other affected persons. 
  • Care pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns or allegations of abuse and other affected persons. 
  • Respond to those who may pose a present risk to others.

In practice, this will be by:

  • Creating a safe and caring place for all. 
  • Having a named Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO) to work with the Incumbent and the PCCs to implement policy and procedures. 
  • Safely recruiting, training and supporting all those with any responsibility for children, young people and vulnerable adults to have the confidence and skills to recognise and respond to abuse. 
  • Ensuring that there is appropriate insurance cover for all activities involving children and adults undertaken in the name of the Parish. 
  • Displaying in church premises and on the Parish website the details of who to contact if there are safeguarding concerns or support needs. 
  • Listening to and taking seriously all those who disclose abuse. 
  • Taking steps to protect children and adults when a safeguarding concern of any kind arises, following House of Bishops guidance, including notifying the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA) and statutory agencies immediately. 
  • Offering support to victims/survivors of abuse, regardless of the type of abuse, when or where it occurred. 
  • Caring for and monitoring 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. 
  • Ensuring that health and safety policy, procedures and risk assessments are in place and that these are reviewed annually. 
  • Reviewing the implementation of the Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and Practices at least annually.

More information on the Church of England’s approach to safeguarding can be found on the Diocese of York Website at https://dioceseofyork.org.uk/safeguarding

Local contacts available to speak to if you have any concerns
Parish Safeguarding Officer – Alison Bennett   Telephone 07796 870919
Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser - Rob Marshall Telephone 01904 699524
Other Useful Numbers
Local Authority Social Services Telephone 01482 395500
Helplines
NSPCC 0808 800 5000
Family Lives 0808 800 2222
Childline 0800 11 11
National Domestic Violence Helpline 0808 2000 247
Stop it now 0808 1000 900
Action on Elder Abuse 0808 808 8141
NAPAC 1 0808 801 0331
Samaritans 116 123