We take the safeguarding and care of children, young people, victims/perpetrators of domestic abuse and vulnerable adults very seriously. We are committed to the care, nurture of, and respectful pastoral ministry with, all children and adults when they are vulnerable. We work hard to ensure that we operate in line with current best practice, as recommended by the Canterbury Diocese. These recommendations include areas such as day-to-day care, recruitment of staff/volunteers, DBS clearance and training. The PCC has adopted the Church of England’s policies and best practice on safeguarding which may be found on the Church of England’s website.
Please also see our Safeguarding Policy.
If you would like more information, please speak to a member of staff or contact one of our Safeguarding Officers, Sarah Wright (Safeguarding Lead) and Selena Smith (Deputy).
Reporting safeguarding concerns
Any allegation or concern regarding the abuse of a child or vulnerable adult must be treated seriously and reported as soon as possible. A concern can arise when you observe or suspect abusive behaviour, when an allegation is made or disclosed, or where there are indicators (signs and symptoms) of suspected abuse on the victim.
There are two ways for you to report a safeguarding concern:
Directly to the Safeguarding Officers, Sarah Wright or Selena Smith
Sarah can be contacted on 07797 924021 -
Selena can be contacted on 07797 769136 -
Or to the Diocesan Safeguarding Officer, Fiona Coombs
Telephone: 07548 232395
All concerns raised will be investigated thoroughly and action taken in line with St Pauls Church’s safeguarding policies and procedures. Confidentiality will be maintained to the fullest practical extent. The main exceptions are when the law requires disclosure, or when someone is at risk.
If you discover information which you believe shows serious malpractice, illegal actions, wrongdoing or unacceptable behaviours or practices by St Pauls Church employees, volunteers or members, we ask you to report it.
Legislation protects those who raise legitimate concerns. No one who makes a report in good faith will be victimised for doing so. Your concern could be about one of the following, and could be about things that are happening now, have happened in the past, or are likely to happen in the future:
A criminal offence
The breach of a legal obligation
A miscarriage of justice
A danger to the health and safety of any individual
Damage to the environment
Deliberate concealment of information related to any of the above
It could also be about something not included in the list above.
To report a whistleblowing concern:
Talk to, or contact, a member of staff or the Vicar, Paul Brooks.
Concerns or complaints about a staff member should be addressed to the Vicar
Concerns or complaints about the Vicar should be addressed to the Dean of Jersey (Micheal Keirle)
Your concerns should be reported as quickly as possible so they can be investigated and any appropriate action taken. Those who raise issues under this provision must have a reasonable belief that it is well founded. However, appropriate action will be taken if a malicious allegation is made.
If an investigation is required, confidentiality will be maintained to the extent that this is appropriate and practical in the circumstances. The main exceptions are when the law requires disclosure, or when someone is at risk.
Issues will be investigated as soon as possible and action taken in line with our whistleblowing and disciplinary policies and procedures.
The person raising a complaint or concern will be informed of the outcome subject to the normal rules on confidentiality of personal information.
Any other concerns
If you have any other concerns or questions about the work of St Pauls not covered by the safeguarding or whistleblowing sections above, please let us know by talking to a member of staff, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, using the form at the bottom of the page or calling us on 01534887887.
We appreciate your help in bringing matters to our attention. Thank you.