safeguarding poster June 2019

St Nicholas PCC operates under the guidelines laid down by the House of Bishops Safeguarding Policy for children, young people and adults. The PCC adopts the policy annually and receives regular updates throughout the year.

The care and protection of children, young people and adults involved in Church activities is the responsibility of everyone who participates in the life of the Church.

Our Commitments:

  • Promoting a safer environment and culture
  • Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children and vulnerable adults
  • Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation
  • Caring pastorally for victims/ survivors of abuse or other affected persons
  • Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concern / allegations of abuse and other affected persons
  • Responding to those that may pose a present risk.

If you are concerned that someone you know is at risk of, or is being abused or presents a risk to others, please seek advice from a Safeguarding Adviser or if necessary report the matter to the Local Authority Social Care Service or the Police without delay.

Diocese of Rochester Comprehensive Safeguarding Review (2019-20)

We are committed to making our church a safe space for all.

Churches across the Diocese of Rochester are currently undertaking a comprehensive safeguarding review to ensure all known past cases of concern relating to church abuse have been considered and dealt with appropriately.

If you are concerned about something you experienced in a church or from a church leader, now or in the past, or you are worried about another person - perhaps a vulnerable adult or a child – there are people you can talk to and you will be taken seriously. Anyone wanting to come forward with information or to make any disclosures regarding church related abuse are encouraged to make direct contact with the Diocese of Rochester’s Safeguarding team on: 01634 560000 or visit: www.rochester.anglican.org/safeguarding/

Recognising this may not feel safe for those with a lived experience of abuse from within the church, a dedicated telephone helpline, operated independently from the church, by the NSPCC, is available. Calls can be made free on 0800 80 20 20.

Local contacts:

Parish Safeguarding Officer
Rev Gavin McGrath - 07946-902758 / gavin.mcgrath@stnicholas-sevenoaks.org

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser
Janice Keen - 01634-560000 / janice.keen@rochester.anglican.org

Helplines:

NSPCC: 0808 800 5000

Childline: 0800 1111

Stop it Now: 0808 1000 900

NAPAC: 0808 801 0331

Samaritans: 116 123

Family Lives: 0808 800 2222

National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247

Action on Elder Abuse: 0808 808 8141