PAROCHIAL CHURCH COUNCIL SAFEGUARDING POLICIES
Summary of the safeguarding policy of the Incumbent & Parochial Church Council of Plympton St. Mary (PCC):
We try to ensure that this church is an open and welcoming place. At the same time we owe it to those who are vulnerable that we do all that is possible to safeguard them from harm. The Parochial Church Council of the Parish of Plympton St. Mary has adopted the Exeter Diocesan Safeguarding Policy for children, young people and adults 2017.
A link to the policy can be found here: Diocesan-Safeguarding-Policy-Statement-2017 (3)
A link to the document formally adopting the House of Bishops’ Promoting a Safer Church Safeguarding Policy statement can be found here: PCC-Safeguarding-Policy-template-August-2017 – Signed 2019
Since the publication of the Diocesan manual a revised version of Protecting All God’s Children was published in 2010 and a new policy Responding Well to those who have been Sexually Harmed was published in 2011. Together with two other policies Responding to Sexual Abuse 2006 and Promoting a Safe Church 2006, these four documents form the basis of Diocesan policy. This means that in this parish, all who are employees and volunteers who work directly with children, young persons and vulnerable adults require an enhanced Disclosing & Barring Service Disclosure.
Applications for DBS checks are now undertaken electronically via the Internet and relevant information on the procedure to be adopted is available from the parish safeguarding representative whose details appear below.
(Website of the Diocese of Exeter: www.exeter.anglican.org)
Sam Snelling has been appointed by the PCC as the Safeguarding Representative, combining responsibility for children and young people and vulnerable adults. Any concerns about safeguarding should be directed to Sam Snelling Tel: 07841 018135 or email: email@example.com
At the September 2014 PCC meeting, it was agreed that Mrs Sarah Duckworth would be appointed as the Children’s Advocate for the parish. A Children’s Advocate is someone to whom children and young people can talk about any problems, if they so wish, and who can refer matters of concern to the parish safeguarding officer or incumbent if necessary.
Sarah can be contacted on 01752 297073
Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults
If you have a concern about the safety of someone or the actions of someone working with children or vulnerable adults, please speak to someone.
The Parish Safeguarding representative for Plympton St Mary’s is Mr Sam Snelling who can be contacted by telephone 07841 018135 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Diocesan Safeguarding Team’s contact details can be found at – https://exeter.anglican.org/resources/safeguarding/safeguarding-team/
The Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser is Charles Pitman, telephone: 01392 345909
If you are a young person and you feel unhappy about something happening to you, you can call Childline on 0800 11 11
Other support agencies include:
Plymouth Children’s Services 01752 308600 Out of hours 01752 346784
Plymouth Adult Services 01752 668000 Out of hours: 01752 346984
Plymouth Domestic Abuse Service 01752 252033
Rape crisis 0808 802 9999
NSPCC 0800 389 5344
Childline http://www.childline.org.uk 0800 1111
A copy of the full safeguarding policy of the Parochial Church Council and the statement of adoption of the House of Bishops’ Safeguarding policy statement may be viewed in the Parish Office which is in the Church Hall in Market Road, Plympton. (Telephone 01752 348525) or click on the links provided above.