DROITWICH SPA METHODIST CHURCH STATEMENT OF SAFEGUARDING PRINCIPLES
Here at Droitwich Methodist Church we believe that every person has a value and dignity which comes directly from the creation of humans in God’s own image and likeness. Christians see this potential as fulfilled by God’s re-creation of us in Christ. Among other things, this implies a duty to value all people as bearing the image of God and therefore to protect them from harm.
We want our church to be a safe place for all – from the youngest to the oldest. This is why we are committed to:
ü The care and nurture of, and respectful ministry with, all children and young people and adults
ü Safeguarding and protecting all children, young people and adults when they are vulnerable
ü Establishing safe, caring communities, which provide a loving environment where there is informed vigilance as to the dangers of abuse.
In order to achieve this: -
We will carefully select and train all those with any responsibility within the Church, in line with Safer Recruitment principles, including the use of criminal records disclosures and registration with the relevant vetting and barring schemes.
We will respond without delay to every safeguarding concern which suggests that a child, young person or adult may have been harmed, working in partnership with the police and local authority in any investigation.
We will seek to work with anyone who has suffered abuse, developing with them and appropriate ministry of informed pastoral care.
We will seek to challenge any abuse of power, especially by anyone in a position of trust.
Working with the District Safeguarding Officer, we will support risk assessment of those who present a safeguarding risk within a church environment. We will ensure appropriate pastoral care is offered and measures are taken to address identified risks, including referral to statutory agencies, suspension and the use of safeguarding contracts. We will recognise and apply the restrictions to appointment laid down in Standing Order 010 of the Constitutional Practice and Discipline of the Methodist Church.
In all these principles we will follow legislation, guidance and recognised good practice.
If you have any safeguarding concerns for or about a child, young person or vulnerable adult
please speak to the Minister or the Safeguarding Officer.
Minister: Rev Gary Molver
Tel 01905 775282
Safeguarding officer for Children, young people and vulnerable adults
Agreed at Droitwich Methodist Church Council meeting June 8th 2021
A full copy of the Church Safeguarding policy can be obtained from either the Minister or the Safeguarding Officer.