Safeguarding

Whitton Team – Safeguarding Policy

We need to recruit a new Parish Safeguarding Officer. This is a voluntary role but is absolutely vital to fulfil our statutory requirements and Christian principles. For further information and an informal discussion please contact Revd Beth Hutton (Team Rector).

The Whitton Team Benefice PCC has formally adopted the House of Bishops’ Promoting a Safer Church: Safeguarding Policy Statement. A copy of this Statement, together with the Team’s own Safeguarding Policy and Handbook and various supporting documents, is held in the Team Office

  • Team Office, Church Room, Back Lane, Ramsbury, SN8 2QH
  • Telephone: (01672) 520963 (answerphone)
  • Email: teamoffice@whittonteam.org.uk
  • The Team Administrator is Ruth Lambert
  • Office Hours – please see Contact Us page

The Team’s designated Safeguarding Representative is

  • Mrs Marianne Adey.
  • Telephone: 01672 540629
  • Email: marianneadey@gmail.com

Any queries should be addressed to Mrs Adey or to a member of the clergy:

  • Revd Beth Hutton (Team Rector) T: 01672 520235 E: whittonteamrector@gmail.com
  • Revd Rhona Floate (Team Vicar & Rural Field Officer for Wilts Archdeaconry) T: 01672 540523 E: rhonafloate@aol.com
  • Revd Sue Rodd 01672 541571 revsuerodd@btinternet.com

The Safeguarding Policy below (dated 13 August 2020) may also be downloaded as a PDF – here

The Parish of Whitton
SAFEGUARDING POLICY
PROMOTING A SAFER CHURCH
20200813 v1
The following policy was agreed at the Parochial Church Council (PCC) meeting held on the 13th August 2020.

In accordance with the Church of England Safeguarding Policy our church is committed to:

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

The Parish will:

  • Create a safe and caring place for all.
  • Have a named Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO) to work with the incumbent and the PCC to implement policy and procedures.
  • Safely recruit, train and support all those with any responsibility for children, young people and adults to have the confidence and skills to recognise and respond to abuse.
  • Ensure that there is appropriate insurance cover for all activities involving children and adults undertaken in the name of the parish.
  • Display in church premises and on the Parish website the details of who to contact if there are safeguarding concerns or support needs.
  • Listen to and take seriously all those who disclose abuse.
  • Take steps to protect children and adults when a safeguarding concern of any kind arises, following House of Bishops guidance, including notifying the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA) and statutory agencies immediately.
  • Offer support to victims/survivors of abuse regardless of the type of abuse, when or where it occurred.
  • Care for and monitor any member of the church community who may pose a risk to children and adults whilst maintaining appropriate confidentiality and the safety of all parties.
  • Ensure that health and safety policy, procedures and risk assessments are in place and that these are reviewed annually.
  • Review the implementation of the Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and Practices at least annually.

Each person who works within this church community will agree to abide by this policy and the guidelines established by this church.

This church appoints Mrs Marianne Adey as the Parish Safeguarding Officer

Incumbent The Revd Beth Hutton (from 19/11/2020) Team Rector; Team Vicars: the Revd Rhona Floate, the Revd Sue Rodd

Churchwardens: George Hawes, Paul Trickey, Krystyna Hagerty, Chris McGowan, Tim Williams, Peter Camfield, Donni Blackwell, Tina Evans, Deputy Wardens: Raine Cully, Jan Heppenstall

Date: 13th August 2020