Most of the time at church we are like a big happy family. However, even in very happy families people, even people we know, love and trust, can upset and harm us. We want to help everyone to have good days all of the time. We try to make sure that people who have jobs in the church always behave well and in a way that is helpful to you. We never want anyone or anything in church to frighten, confuse or worry you. It is important that you tell us if something is upsetting you, or if you are feeling worried about something that’s happening, or something somebody is doing. We have specially trained people who you can talk to, and who you can ask for help. These people are good at safeguarding. This means they look after everyone’s safety. Caring for people is a very important part of our Christian life.
The people who can help you are the parish priest (Revd Annabel Barber 01522 721306) or the Parish Safeguarding Officer (Tricia Reid 01522 723468). If you wish to speak to someone outside the church you can contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team – their contact details are available on 01522 504080/ 07432522412 There is also information there about other places from where you can get help or advice.
St Michaels takes the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults very seriously. The Safeguarding policies and procedures are published here having been approved by the PCC on 21st September 2016 and subsequently reviewed and updated as required.
The policy statement on the recruitments of ex-offenders and the secure storage and retention of documentation policies and Appendix 1 are available.
The Critical Incident Policy is also available.
Safeguarding at St Michaels
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