Bev Collum-Mills explains how we can all support safeguarding
One of the things that I especially value about being a member of this church family is the love and care that we try to show to each other. Even during the Covid 19 pandemic, when things have been very difficult, this care has still shone through in many different ways.
Sometimes, as in all families, some members may need our care and protection more than others. As a church we have a responsibility to protect and safeguard the welfare of children, young people and adults who may be at risk of harm. Legally, we must follow up any concern that someone is being harmed or abused in any way – physically, sexually, mentally or emotionally.
In order to help us to do this, the PCC has adopted the safeguarding policies and procedures of the Church of England. Our Safeguarding Policy can be viewed on our website https://www.stsaviours.net/about-us/safeguarding/ The PCC has appointed me as Safeguarding Officer.
How to help with safeguarding
If someone begins to tell you something that you suspect may involve harm or abuse, certain protocols must be followed:
- Gently stop them and explain that you are willing to listen, but it may not be possible to keep the information confidential and you might have to pass it on to me and I might have to pass it on to people who will be able to help them.
- After you have talked to them, make sure that you write down an accurate account of the conversation, sign it, date it, and pass it to me (these are important in case of any subsequent legal action).
- Contact me as soon as possible via the church office or by email: email@example.com.
If you suspect that someone is being harmed or abused in any way, don’t be afraid to contact me for a discreet discussion about the situation.
If you prefer to talk to someone outside St Saviour’s, see the Diocesan website for the relevant contact details, including an “out-of-hours” number. This can be found on https:www.winchester.anglican.org/safeguarding/ or check our Safeguarding Policy (or webpage) for local and national helplines.
‘Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God […] since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.’ 1 John 4 : 7, 11
Bev Collum-Mills, safeguarding officer