Safeguarding

Safeguarding


 As the new PCC met for the first time in 2018, Jane Newman, the Safeguarding Officer, reported on her review of our procedures, including risk assessments, training and centralisation of records. The meeting also adopted the diocesan safeguarding statement for another year.

The Children’s Ministry Team and Parish Visitors Team

Both these teams have now established regular meetings at which current practice is discussed, along with future planning and any safeguarding updates.

Risk Assessment Reviews

All Risk Assessments for church-led activities involving children were reviewed and updated in March 2019. The CSO and Derek, with input from Parish Visitors, have now drawn up a Risk Assessment for Parish Visitors. Risk Assessments for one-off church events are now being produced, including event-specific RAs for the exciting activities organised for young people in the parish by Dani Robertson, our Children and Families Worker.

Photo Permissions Policy

A new Under 18s Photo Permissions Policy and Procedure, with a revised consent form, has now been finalised and has been approved by the PCC. The Policy and Procedure Statement explains clearly how photographs are taken and used by the church. It will be displayed on the church website and in the office. The new consent form is designed to be clear and unambiguous and will be sent to all parents of under 18s involved in churchrelated activities for signing, so that the office records can be checked and updated.

Disclosure and Barring (DBS) checks and online training

Nick Bagge has now been trained as a Lead Recruiter, in addition to his role as Evidence Checker, and is now informed directly of the outcomes of DBS applications. The office system for processing DBS applications for PCC members, new employees and volunteers working with young people and vulnerable adults is working very well, with applications processed more speedily than in the past. In January 2019 the London Diocesan Safeguarding Team switched from the e-learning course provided by the Diocese of Chelmsford to courses provided by the National Church. Nick has details of the links to the new courses, which should be completed by all  PCC members and volunteers working with children and adults at risk who have not yet completed online training.

Safe Recruitment

Two new appointments have been made in the period since the last APCM, both following the safe recruitment process established in 2018. Dani Robertson is our new Children and Families Worker and Thom Stanbury was appointed to the role of Organist and Choirmaster in February 2019.

Safeguarding Self-Audit

The annual Parish Safeguarding Self-Audit was carried out in March. It is encouraging to note that although there will always be a need for a robust Action Plan, there has been very significant progress in addressing outstanding safeguarding issues in the parish.  Jane Newman Church Safeguarding Officer

Find out more

Under 18's Safeguarding
Safeguarding Policy (document)
Under 18s Photo Permissions Policy (document)

Contacts

St James's Safeguarding OfficerJane Newman 020 8979 6154
Our Safeguarding Officer is the first person to speak to if you have any concerns around the welfare of a child or vulnerable adult.

St James's Children's ChampionLou Coaker-Basdell 0208 979 2040
The Children’s Champion is here to be an advocate for all children in all areas of Parish life, making sure their views are heard and their needs are thought of.