What does the Safeguarding Officer at Bourne Abbey do?
Supports Father Chris and PCC members to understand the various policies and prose any specific actions/changes required to maintain safeguarding principles
Is a local 'champion' and point of contact for safeguarding advice
Monitors the adoption and implementatio of the safeguarding policies
Ensures that there are posters signposting helplines (ChildLine, Parentline etc)
Is a point of advice when a new activity or review of current activity is being considered which has a safeguarding aspect
Identifies training needs and liaises with the Bishop's Safeguarding Adviser
Maintains direct and regular links with those responsible for work with children, young people and vulnerable adults
Informs Father Chris and the PCC of any matters of concern
What are the Safeguarding Principles
We are committed to:
The care, nurture of, and respectful ministry of all children, young people and all adults
The safeguarding and protection of all children, young people and all adults
The establishing of safe, caring communities which provide a loving environment where victims of abuse can report or disclose abuse and where they can find support and best practice that contributes to the prevention of abuse
Karen Key, Safeguarding Officer at Bourne Abbey - contact details in the Parish Magazine
What is the role of the Parochial Church Council (PCC)
PCC required to sign up to Safeguarding Principles every three years (Copy of signed Principles on noticeboard in church)
The PCC has the legal responsibility to adopt, implement and monitor the safeguarding policies
The guidance suggests that the PCC appoint a parish safeguarding co-ordinator to assist them
The Bishop's Safeguarding Adviser
Debbie Johnson's job is to offer advice and support regarding the safeguarding of children and vulnerabe adults to those who are working with or for the Church of England in the Diocese of Lincoln whether they are members of the Clergy, Church Officers or PCC members, volunteers or paid staff.
Debbie also supports people who make contact with the Church because they have been affected by abuse in their own lives and can arrange for specialist support and advice where this is necessary.
Debbie's contact details:
Phone: 01522 504081
Mobile: 07712 321361
Post: Edward King House, Minster Yard, Lincoln LN2 1PU
If you are worried about the safety of a vulnerable adult or a child you should not delay in reporting the matter to the police or to the local authority teams who are responsible for safeguarding.
Whilst Debbie is happy to support you with this, you should never delay making a referral where someone may be experiencing significant harm, even if you cannot get hold of Debbie. In an emergency call 999.