Under 18’s Safeguarding


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St James's Church is committed to safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults to worship and grow in Christ safely. 

Parish Policy Statement on Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable AdultsLooking after

Every person has a value and dignity which comes directly from the creation of male and female in God’s own image and likeness. Christians see this potential as fulfilled by God’s re-creation of us in Christ. This implies a duty to value all people as bearing the image of God and therefore to protect them from harm.

• We accept and endorse the principles set out in ‘Safeguarding in the Diocese of London’.

• We commit ourselves to nurture, protect and safeguard all our members, particularly children, young people and vulnerable adults.

• We recognise that safeguarding is the responsibility of the whole church community.

• We undertake to exercise proper care in the selection, appointment, training and support of those working in both paid and voluntary positions with children or vulnerable adults, including the use of Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosures and making appropriate referrals to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

• We will respond without delay to concerns or allegations that a child or vulnerable adult may have been harmed, cooperating with the police and social care services in any investigation.

• We will challenge any abuse of power by anyone in a position of trust.

• We will seek to offer pastoral care and support to anyone who has suffered abuse, developing with them appropriate pastoral support.

• We will seek to offer pastoral care and support, including supervision and referral to the proper authorities, to any member of our church community known to have offended against a child, young person or vulnerable adult.

The PCC of this Church agrees, adopts and reviews the above policy annually. In 2017-18 there was a full Health and Safety inspection, by Precision Safety. The major risks were reviewed and systems or procedures were established to manage those risks.

The PCC of this church agreed and adopted the above Policy at its meeting on 22 May 2019

Under 18's Photo Permissions Policy

Photographs are a very important and powerful way of spreading the message about what we do at St James’s. From time to time we may take photographs of events and activities involving children in our parish. Photographs are used for publicity, on the church website, in the Spire magazine and sometimes in the weekly pew sheet. The way these photographs are taken and used is regulated by our Under 18s Photo Permissions Policy, which applies to photos where a child’s face is easily identifiable.

We are committed to obtaining the appropriate and legally required form of consent before photographs of children are taken and used. This Under 18s Photo Permissions Policy is also available to view on the website.

• Only four people are authorised to take photographs specifically of children on behalf of the church: the Vicar, the Parish Administrator, the Children & Families’ Worker and the Church Webmaster; other named people may from time to time be authorised by the PCC.

• Mobile phones are never used for photographs.

• A list of children for whom photograph permission has been refused is kept in the office.

• Photographers are issued with a memory card kept in the church office, to use in their camera. When this card is returned to the office, the images on it are checked by the Children & Families’ Worker and any containing children without photo permission are deleted. Only images involving children with photo permission will be used for publicity, the website, Spire magazine or pew sheet.

• The memory card(s) are cleared and returned to the office once the photos have been processed for use.

• When photographs of children are used, no child will be individually identified by their full name.

• Parents and carers can look up their child’s entry on ChurchSuite at any time, to check what they have given permission for. Any new instruction must be communicated to the office and will be effective from the date it is registered.

• Photographs will be stored for a maximum three years, unless permission has been given for photos to be retained by the church.

The following team members have completed safeguarding training: Nick Bagge, Revd Jacky Cammidge, Jane Newman, Stuart Richardson, Linda Webb, Revd Derek Winterburn.

The following people are our first aiders: Alan Cammidge, Jacky Cammidge.

Further information

Statement on Safeguarding Children and Adults at Risk (document)
Safeguarding Policy (document)
Under 18s Photo Permissions Policy (document)


St James's Safeguarding OfficerAnnalea Gratton on 077 7576 4419
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 on 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.
St James's Churchwarden: Susan Horner on 020 8979 9380

Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers: 020 7932 1224
The National Safeguarding Team: safeguarding@churchofengland.org
thirtyone:eight0303 003 11 11 (Christian charity which helps organisations protect vulnerable people from abuse)

Richmond Safeguarding Children’s Board Single Point of Contact: 020 8547 5008 (Mon-Fri 8am-6pm) 020 8770 5000 (Out of Hours)
Richmond Council: Local Safeguarding Children Board

Family Lives: 0808 800 222 (Previously Parentline)
Childline: 0800 1111 (lines free and open 24 hours)
NSPCC Child Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (lines free and open 24 hours)
National Rape Crisis Helpline: 0808 802 9999 (open every day from 12-2.30pm and 7-9.30pm)