Reading Gateway Church is committed to safeguarding children, young people, and adults at risk to worship and grow in Christ safely. This is done in a coordinated and supported manner and involves Church Safeguarding Officer, the Leadership Team, and the Diocesan Safeguarding Team. Concerns about children, young people and adults at risk will be diligently and promptly responded to according to our procedures, recognising the sensitivity it may hold for those involved.
The PCC of this church has adopted the Church of England Safeguarding Policy and our procedures and training of leaders and volunteers are reviewed on an annual basis. Staff and volunteers working with children, young people or vulnerable adults are DBS checked and have undergone training for their role.
Any concerns or queries can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Church Safeguarding Officer is:
- The Parish is inclusive of all sections of the Parish organisation
- Staff encompasses all workers, paid, unpaid, contractors or volunteers, working for the Parish.
- PCC is the Parochial Church Council, the statutory committee of the parish. Legally the PCC is responsible for the financial affairs of the parish and the maintenance of its assets.
General Statement of Policy
All Parish Staff are fully committed to:
- The care and protection of children, young people and adults involved in church activities
- Promoting a safer environment and culture.
- Safely recruiting and supporting all Staff 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.
- 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 periodically.
- Review the implementation of the Safeguarding Protection Policy, Procedures and Practices at least annually.
This Policy was formally approved and implemented by the PCC in March 2020
If you have any concerns about the welfare of a child, young person or vulnerable adult please contact our parish safeguarding officer Mrs Emma Spicer
Alternately you can contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Officer Richard Woodley via email email@example.com or call 07391 868478