SAFEGUARDING

If you wish to contact someone about a safeguarding issue regarding a child (person under 18) or an adult who may be at risk of abuse or neglect, please contact:
Rev John Dixon: 015394 36301 jjcedixon@btinternet.com
or
Safeguarding adviser for the Diocese of Carlisle
Mr Charles Proctor: 07458016884 safeguarding.advisor@carlislediocese.org.uk

The four parishes within the Benefice have adopted the Church's policy (Promoting a Safer Church) that puts children, young people & vulnerable adults at the centre of our concerns, and we have adopted the safeguarding policy and guidance agreed by the House of Bishops.  We have appointed Parish Safeguarding Officers for children and vulnerable adults, and a number of members of our PCCs have received appropriate training.  Our Safeguarding Policy can be found here.   Further detailed information can be found on the noticeboards in the parish churches.

The House of Bishops Statement

The House of Bishops has said:
"The Church of England, its Archbishops, Bishops, clergy and leaders are committed to safeguarding as an integral part of the life and ministry of the Church.
Safeguarding means the action the Church takes to promote a safer culture. This means we will promote the welfare of children, young people and adults, work to prevent abuse from occurring, seek to protect those that are at risk of being abused and respond well to those that have been abused. We will take care to identify where a person may present a risk to others, and offer support to them whilst taking steps to mitigate such risks.
The Church of England affirms the 'Whole Church' approach to safeguarding. This approach encompasses a commitment to consistent policy and practice across all Church bodies, Church Officers and that everyone associated with the Church, who comes into contact with children, young people and adults, has a role to play.
The Church will take appropriate steps to maintain a safer environment for all and to practice fully and positively Christ's Ministry towards children, young people and adults; to respond sensitively and compassionately to their needs in order to help keep them safe from harm (Promoting a Safer Church 2017)."