Safeguarding (Children and Vulnerable Adults) Policy

1 Declaration of PCC of St Andrew the Less (Christ Church Cambridge)
on Safeguarding

2 Scope of this Policy

3 Role of the Safeguarding Co-ordinator

4 Safer Recruitment and Training

5 Recognition of abuse in children, young people and vulnerable adults

6 Responding to abuse (including contact details) 

7 Managing allegations of abuse against a member of staff, leader,
volunteer, or a member of the congregation

8 Responding to and supporting adults who have been abused in their past

9 Safeguarding people who may perpetrate abuse

Appendix 1 Declaration of PCC for display in church hall

Appendix 2 Christ Church Cambridge Expectations for Staff, Leaders and
Volunteers

Appendix 3 Activities of Christ Church Cambridge that involve children or
vulnerable adults

Appendix 4 Procedure for Appointing Volunteers into Positions of Leadership

Appendix 5 Forms used by Christ Church Cambridge

Confidential Declaration Form 

Contract for Those Working With Children and Young People 

Pictures, Computer Images and Social Networking Permission
Form for Parents and Leaders 

Appendix 6 Charities and sources of help


1 Declaration of PCC of St Andrew the Less (Christ Church Cambridge) on Safeguarding

The Church of England and the Leadership of St Andrew the Less (from here on known as Christ Church Cambridge) is committed to the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults. We recognise the important role that the church has in caring for both young and old alike, and to that end we seek to provide a safe and caring environment that promotes the welfare of the vulnerable and marginalised in our society. 

The PCC will ensure that we have the following in place to enable this to happen:

•    Staff, Leaders and Volunteers recruited in accordance with the principles of Safer Recruitment.
•    Staff, Leaders and Volunteers informed and supported to behave in a way that is appropriate and above reproach.
•    Staff, Leaders and Volunteers trained in the recognition and response to the needs of vulnerable adults and children.
•    Staff, Leaders, Volunteers and the Congregation made aware of who to contact within the church when they have a concern about a child, vulnerable adult or person with responsibility towards these groups.
•    Staff, Leaders, Volunteers and the Congregation supported when they are affected by abuse.

 

The PCC recognises that:
•    The gospel compels us to protect the vulnerable and marginalised as part of our witness.
•    The Church is a place where people who have been abused may come for care and support.
•    Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.
•    All people have the potential to perpetrate abuse against another person. 
•    Children’s Social Services has lead responsibility for investigating all allegations or suspicions of abuse where there are concerns about a child. 
•    Adult Safeguarding services have lead responsibility for investigating all allegations or suspicions of abuse where there are concerns about a vulnerable adult.
•    Where an allegation suggests that a criminal offence may have been committed the police should be contacted as a matter of urgency.

2    Scope of this Policy


The Legislative Framework that underpins the guidance this policy contains is as follows:
•    The Children Act 1989 and 2005.
•    Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015.
•    The Care Act 2014.
•    Human Rights Act 1998.
•    Mental Capacity Act 2005.
•    Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards 2009.


This Policy is relevant to the following groups of people who undertake work in a paid or unpaid capacity that is linked to the work of Christ Church Cambridge. This includes the following:
•    Staff.
•    Leaders and helpers of mid-week and Sunday groups for children.
•    Leaders and helpers of ministries to elderly people or vulnerable adults.
•    Congregation members to whom disclosures are made from those who need to seek help.
•    Congregation members who may be concerned that they may pose a risk to vulnerable adults or children.

 

3 Role of the Safeguarding Co-ordinator


The Safeguarding Co-ordinator at Christ Church Cambridge is Darren Coult. His contact details are darren.coult@cccam.org.uk, 07737 022115 or via the Church Office. 


The Deputy Safeguarding Co-ordinator is Rachel Browning, who should be spoken with in the instance that Darren Coult is unavailable or that allegations involve him. The Safeguarding Co-ordinator is responsible to the Senior Minister and the PCC of Christ Church Cambridge.


The Role of the Safeguarding Co-ordinator is as follows:
•    Act as an advocate for Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults.
•    Ensure that the Safeguarding Policy is adhered to, reviewed and updated.
•    Ensure there is training, advice and support available to leaders and congregation members. 
•    Liaise with statutory agencies, as appropriate, in order to safeguard and support children, young people and vulnerable adults.
•    Advise the Church Leadership on matters of good practice.
•    Ensure that those in positions of Leadership (voluntary or paid) within the ministries of Christ Church Cambridge have the appropriate Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance.
•    Communicate regularly with Team Leaders for each ministry area to ensure that they are supported in leading their teams and that they discuss Safeguarding matters or concerns as a regular part of team meetings.

 

4 Safer Recruitment and Training

Safer Recruitment (See Appendix 5 for the relevant forms)

Interviews and recruitment

All applicants will be interviewed by the Group Leader for the group in which they are volunteering to serve. If both parties are in agreement that the applicant is right for the position the necessary contract/forms for appointment will be sent to the applicant.

Job descriptions

All job descriptions are to include this Safeguarding Statement:

Christ Church Cambridge is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. The PCC expect all employees and volunteers to share this commitment and abide by the Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults Policy.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

1 The Leadership has agreed to adopt the policies required by the DBS in relation to employment of offenders and the secure storage and handling of disclosure information. Electronically returned disclosures are available to view online for 6 months. No physical copies are kept.

2 The Church’s DBS Administrator is Steph Gray.

3 All prospective paid workers or volunteers in roles with children, young people or vulnerable adults will be required to apply for an enhanced disclosure via DBS where it is legal to do so. This will be made clear in any information about such positions.

4 All DBS forms will be returned electronically to Administrator for processing.

5 Where a DBS check is returned with a ‘blemish’, a risk assessment will be carried out in conjunction with the diocese.

6 Advice can be sought from the Safeguarding Co-ordinator or the Diocese regarding whether DBS checks can be sought for a specific role. 

7 An individual who has committed an offence against a child/vulnerable adult or who, for any other reason is considered by the leadership as unsuitable to work with children or vulnerable adults, will NOT be appointed to a role with children and young people or vulnerable adults.

8 Every endeavour is made for all helpers to have DBS Clearance, however the only exceptions to the above procedure are the groups in which contact by workers with children is occasional and always supervised, e.g. Holiday Clubs, parents occasionally helping in Sunday Club. Declaration forms stating that the worker has no convictions in relation to children will be required and must be completed before helping with such groups. 

 

Spiritual and personal accountability

1 All Staff, Leaders and Volunteers are encouraged to be part of a home group or its equivalent, for their own nourishment and support.

2 Staff members receive regular accountability/supervision sessions from the Senior Minister.

3 The Leaders of Groups receive regular accountability/supervision from the Children’s/Families Worker and Minister responsible for the Elderly or the Women’s Worker as appropriate.

4 The Group leader is responsible for pastoral oversight of the members of their team. 

5 Workers with children and vulnerable adults will be given opportunities to meet together with a leader to discuss work programmes and areas of concern. This will take place at the leaders’ meetings of the respective groups where Safeguarding is a standing agenda item.

The Safeguarding Policy includes a safe practice code of conduct which will be provided to all those working with children, young people and vulnerable adults. This is known as ‘Christ Church Cambridge Expectations for Staff, Leaders and Volunteers’ (Appendix 2, p.22-32). A copy of the relevant sections of this code will be given to the worker to read before they are asked to sign a leadership contract (p. 38), which includes reference to following Christ Church safeguarding policy, procedures and practice.

 

Training

The Leadership is committed to the ongoing training of Staff, Leaders and Volunteers in regards to Safeguarding. To that end all Staff, Leaders and Volunteers will be expected to attend training on an annual basis. Safeguarding matters will also be discussed regularly at team meetings. Staff, Leaders and Volunteers who have concerns relating to safeguarding are always able to discuss their concerns with the Safeguarding Co-ordinator or his deputy.

 

5 Recognition of abuse in children, young people and vulnerable adults

Children and young people

In the case of children and young people up to the age of 18, Working Together 2015 defines safeguarding as the protection of children from maltreatment, preventing the impairment of children’s health or development, ensuring they grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care, and taking action to ensure children have the best outcomes. 

Effective safeguarding of children occurs when all organisations work together to understand and promote the needs of the child. Significant harm is defined as the persistent and consistent failure to meet the needs of the child or protect them from harm, in such a way as to have a long-term detrimental impact on the wellbeing of that child. That may be the immediate risk of death from physical abuse or the longer term impact of emotional or sexual abuse. 

 

There are four broad categories of abuse and they are outlined below:

Physical abuse

This may involve hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning or scalding, drowning, suffocating, or otherwise causing physical harm to a child. Physical harm may also be caused when a parent fabricates the symptoms of, or deliberately induces, illness in a child.

Emotional abuse

Emotional abuse is the persistent emotional maltreatment of a child such as to cause severe and persistent effects on the child's emotional development, and may involve:

• Conveying to children that they are worthless or unloved, inadequate, or valued only insofar as they meet the needs of another person;

• Imposing age or developmentally inappropriate expectations on children. These may include interactions that are beyond the child’s developmental capability, as well as overprotection and limitation of exploration and learning, or preventing the child participating in normal social interaction;

• Seeing or hearing the ill-treatment of another e.g. where there is domestic violence and abuse;

• Serious bullying, causing children frequently to feel frightened or in danger;

• Exploiting and corrupting children either for sexual favour, servitude or any other reason.

Some level of emotional abuse is involved in all types of maltreatment of a child, though it may occur alone.

Another form of abuse we can need to be aware of in church is spiritual abuse. This occurs when we put demands or expectations on a child or young person (e.g. making a commitment to follow Jesus, or expecting a pattern of behaviour) in such a way that is unloving, inappropriate and contrary to the gospel. This is sometimes called ‘heavy shepherding’. We must work as a team to ensure that we steer well clear of such abuse.

Sexual abuse

Sexual abuse involves forcing or enticing a child or young person to take part in sexual activities, not necessarily involving a high level of violence, whether or not the child is aware of what is happening. 

• The activities may involve physical contact, including assault by penetration (e.g. rape or oral sex) or non-penetrative acts such as masturbation, kissing, rubbing and touching outside of clothing.

• Sexual abuse includes non-contact activities, such as involving children in looking at, including online and with mobile phones, or in the production of, pornographic materials, watching sexual activities or encouraging children to behave in sexually inappropriate ways, or grooming a child in preparation for abuse (including via the internet). Sexual abuse is not solely perpetrated by adult males. Women can also commit acts of sexual abuse, as can other children.

• Penetrative sex where one of the partners is under the age of 16 is illegal, although prosecution of similar age, consenting partners is not usual. However, where a child is under the age of 13 it is classified as rape under section 5 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003. See also section 9 of this document for guidance on grooming.

• Child Sexual Exploitation involves exploitative situations, contexts and relationships where young people receive something (for example food, drugs, alcohol, gifts or in some cases simply affection) as a result of engaging in sexual activities. It can take many different forms from the seemingly ‘consensual’ relationship to serious organised crime involving gangs and groups. Exploitation is marked out by an imbalance of power in the relationship and involves varying degrees of coercion, intimidation and sexual bullying including cyberbullying and grooming. Some young people who are being sexually exploited do not show any external signs of this abuse and may not recognise it as abuse.

Neglect

Neglect is the persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and/or psychological needs, likely to result in the serious impairment of the child’s health or development.

Neglect may occur during pregnancy as a result of maternal substance misuse, maternal mental ill health or learning difficulties, or a cluster of such issues. Where there is domestic abuse and violence towards a carer, the needs of the child may be neglected.

Once a child is born, neglect may involve a parent failing to:

• Provide adequate food, clothing and shelter (including exclusion from home or abandonment);

• Protect a child from physical and emotional harm or danger;

• Ensure adequate supervision (including the use of inadequate care-givers);

• Ensure access to appropriate medical care or treatment.

It may also include neglect of, or unresponsiveness to, a child’s basic emotional, social and educational needs.

 

Included in the four categories of child abuse and neglect above are a number of factors relating to the behaviour of parents and carers which have significant impact on children. These include domestic violence, parental mental health, or parental substance misuse.

Children can be affected by seeing, hearing and living with domestic violence and abuse as well as being caught up in any incidents directly, whether to protect someone or as a target. Recent studies have also found 16 and 17-year-olds to be increasingly affected by domestic violence in their peer relationships.

The Home Office definition of domestic violence and abuse was updated in March 2013 as:

‘Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence and abuse between those aged 16 or over, who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender and sexuality.

This can encompass, but is not limited to, the following types of abuse:
• Psychological
• Physical
• Sexual
• Financial
• Emotional

Controlling behaviour is: a range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and/or dependent by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape, and regulating their everyday behaviour.

Coercive behaviour is: an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim.’

There is further guidance on supporting people affected by domestic abuse on the Ely Diocese website: www.elydiocese.org/files/9414/4585/9340/Safeguarding_Procedures_PDF.pdf
or by contacting the helplines listed in Appendix 5 of this document.

 

Vulnerable adults

In the case of vulnerable adults safeguarding means to protect their right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect. This applies to any adult aged over 18 years of age.

It is about people and organisations working together to prevent and stop both the risks and experience of abuse and neglect. At the same time the wellbeing of the adult is promoted including, where appropriate, having regard for their views, wishes, feelings and beliefs in deciding on any action. The Care Act 2014 defines Safeguarding as protecting an adult’s right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect. 

Safeguarding duties apply to an adult who:

• Has needs of care and support (whether or not the local authority is meeting any of those needs).

• Is experiencing or is at risk of abuse and neglect.

• As a result of their care and support needs, is unable to protect themselves from the risk of experiencing abuse and neglect.

The Making Safeguarding Personal approach lists six key principles for safeguarding vulnerable adults:

Empowerment: People being supported and encouraged to make their own decisions and informed consent.

Prevention: It is better to take action before harm occurs.

Proportionality: The least intrusive response appropriate to the risk presented.

Protection: Support and representation for those in greatest need.

Partnership: Local solutions through local services working with their communities.

Accountability: People clear about the role of those involved in their lives.

Signs of abuse and neglect in vulnerable adults:

Physical abuse: Including assaulting, hitting, slapping, pushing, misuse of medication, restraint or inappropriate physical sanctions.

Domestic violence: Abuse between intimate partners or family members that includes psychological, physical, sexual, financial, emotional, ‘honour’ based violence or forced marriage.

Sexual abuse: including rape, indecent exposure, sexual harassment, inappropriate looking or touching, sexual teasing or innuendo, sexual photography, subjection to pornography or witnessing sexual acts, indecent exposure and sexual assault, or sexual acts to which the adult has not consented or was pressured into consenting.

Psychological abuse: Including emotional abuse, threats of harm or abandonment, deprivation of contact, humiliation, blaming, controlling, intimidation, coercion, harassment, verbal abuse, cyber bullying, isolation or unreasonable and unjustified withdrawal of services or supportive networks.

Financial or material abuse: including theft, fraud, internet scamming, coercion in relation to an adult’s financial affairs or arrangements, including in connection with wills, property, inheritance, financial transaction or the misuse or misappropriation of property, possessions or benefits.

Modern slavery: encompasses slavery, human trafficking, forced labour and domestic servitude.

Discriminatory abuse: harassment, slurs or similar treatment; because of race, gender or gender identity, age, disability, sexual orientation or religion.

Organisational abuse: including neglect and poor care practice within an institution or specific care setting such as a hospital or care home, or in relation to care provided in one’s own home. 

Neglect and acts of omission: including ignoring medical, emotional or physical care needs, failure to provide access to appropriate healthcare and support or educational services, the withholding of the necessities of life such as medication, nutrition or heating. 

Self-neglect: this covers a wide range of behaviours neglecting to care for one’s personal hygiene, health or surroundings and includes behaviours such as hoarding. 

 

6 Responding to abuse (including contact details)

This applies to all workers and volunteers in contact with children and families or vulnerable adults.

Under no circumstances should a church worker/volunteer carry out their own investigation into the allegation or suspicion of abuse. 

 

The conversation with the vulnerable adult/young person/child

Most people find it very difficult to talk about what has happened to them. If someone has summoned up the courage to talk, and has chosen you as the person they are going to tell, it’s important to listen carefully. Now is not the moment to ask the child or adult to come back at a more convenient time, or to start an investigation. Simply, listen. 

Try to let the person go at their own pace. Don’t ask questions, don’t jump in to fill awkward silences; the teller might need this silence to process what’s going on inside their head and your questions could confuse and divert the flow. Show that you are keeping up, and understanding what’s being said: nod encouragingly, make eye contact, repeat back the last thing said, and so on. 

If the child or adult is really struggling to keep going, or you don’t understand something, use the TED formula:

Tell

Explain

Describe

For example, ‘Can you tell me about that... Could you explain what you mean... I’m not sure I understand; describe that to me…’ Let the teller talk for as long as they need to. Once you know that this is a safeguarding matter, you don’t need to gather any more details: it is time to pass on what you have been told to a skilled, experienced person.

However difficult it is to believe what you are hearing, it must be taken seriously; at the very least, keep an open mind. It is devastating to a victim of abuse when the person they have chosen to tell refuses to believe what is being told. Be prepared to believe the unbelievable and accept the unacceptable, while somehow remaining calm and open-minded; that’s the real skill of responding to people who tell you about abuse.

Thank the person for telling you what has happened, and reassure them that they have done the right thing and that you will do your best to help. Explain that this kind of thing has happened to lots of other people before, and that’s why there are people you can talk to who will know what to do. Never promise not to tell: you will probably have to share the information to keep that child or adult – or others – safe.

 

The actions after a conversation with a vulnerable adult/young person/child

The person in receipt of allegations or suspicions of abuse will do the following:

1 Make notes as soon as possible of their suspicions or the allegations made to them by a child or vulnerable adult. Preferably within one hour of the disclosure, they should write down exactly what the person said and when it was said, what they themselves said in reply and what was happening immediately beforehand (e.g. a description of the activity). Dates and times of these events and when the record was made must be recorded. All hand-written notes must be retained, even if subsequently typed. Such records should be kept for an indefinite period in a secure place known to the Safeguarding Co-ordinator on the Christ Church server.

2 Report all concerns as soon as possible to the Safeguarding Coordinator or their Deputy who is nominated by the Leadership to act on their behalf in dealing with the allegation or suspicion of neglect or abuse, including referring the matter on to the statutory authorities who have a legal duty to investigate. They should not discuss suspicions with anyone other than those named above. 

3 If the Safeguarding Coordinator or their Deputy cannot be contacted, or if the suspicions in any way involve them, then the concern should be reported to Jon Tuckwell or Steve Midgley. Advice can also be sought from the Diocese.

4 The absence of the Safeguarding Co-ordinator should not delay a referral to Social Care services if advised by the Diocese. The Christ Church Cambridge Safeguarding Co-ordinator should be informed as soon as possible.

5 It is the right of any individual citizen to make a direct referral to statutory safeguarding agencies or seek advice from the diocese or social care, although the Leadership hope that members of Christ Church will use the procedure outlined in this policy. If an individual believes that the Safeguarding Co-ordinator or his Deputy have not responded appropriately, or where they have a disagreement as to the appropriateness of a referral, they may contact an outside agency directly. 

6 The Leadership will support the Safeguarding Co-ordinator, and accept that any information they may have in their possession will be shared in a strictly limited way on a need-to-know basis.

 

Contact details for Christ Church Safeguarding Co-ordinators or staff

 

Contact details for Cambridgeshire Social Care

If you are concerned that the person is not in a place of safety, or will be an immediate risk to themselves or others, ring the Police on 999.

 

 

7 Managing allegations of abuse against a member of staff, leader, volunteer, or member of the congregation

If you have concerns about the behaviour of a member of staff, leader or volunteer who works with children, young people or vulnerable adults, you need to inform the Safeguarding Co-ordinator as soon as possible. You need to document your concerns as soon as possible after you notice them. You must not discuss your concerns with the person involved or seek to investigate them yourself. The Safeguarding Co-ordinator will seek advice from the diocese and then contact the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) on 01223 727 967. This needs to happen within 24 hours of recognition of the concern, if possible. 

The LADO has a countywide responsibility for managing allegations against adults who work or volunteer with children across all agencies and settings. If the allegation involves the Safeguarding Co-ordinator you must not inform him, but contact his deputy, who will inform the LADO. If the person against whom the concern is raised also has a DBS certificate, the Safeguarding Co-ordinator will also need to inform DBS, within 24 hours.

 

8 Responding to and supporting adults who have been abused in their past

Abuse in childhood can be so devastating that it may lead to vulnerability in adult life. Each abusive situation is unique and it is impossible to predict how children involved will cope when they grow up. Some will come to terms with what happened and move on to reach their full potential; others may have their life chances irreparably damaged by the abuse, and may never recover from the effects. Some of the lasting effects of childhood abuse that may be seen in adults are depression, fear of others, inability to cope with situations of conflict, self-harm, abusive behaviour, misplaced guilt, very low self-esteem, an inability to relate to partners or children. However, none of these patterns in a person’s life are exclusively linked to abuse.

Adults who become targets for abuse because of their vulnerability may suffer the same damage in their daily lives as adults who were abused as children. In both cases, it is important for them to find people who will take what they say seriously and act to support them. Where abuse has occurred, the person may find it difficult or impossible to react to situations that others might see as ‘normal’ or completely innocent, e.g. sharing the peace in church services, safe hugs and other physical gestures shared between friends. Images and examples used in the service around selflessness and submission and obedience to the will of God, which many Christians take for granted, may have been twisted and manipulated in the context of abuse to wield control and fear rather than the reassurance of grace and mercy.

Often, someone who has been abused cannot talk about abuse they have suffered until many years later. This is especially true of sexual abuse, where the victim feels ashamed, or thinks no-one will believe what they say. These cases are described as ‘historical’ and they are taken just as seriously as new cases. If someone has sexually abused or assaulted someone, it is highly probable that there will be other victims; if the abuser is alive, whatever the age, they are likely to pose a risk to others, now and in the future. Police, Social Care agencies and the Church are well used to dealing with historical allegations. The Bishop’s Safeguarding Adviser can advise and support you in this situation.

Historical allegations of sexual abuse can come as a complete shock to members of the family and community around the alleged abuser. They may refuse to believe the allegation, and can place intense pressure on the alleged victim to withdraw what has been said and on other people not to believe him/her. The Safeguarding Co-ordinator should ensure that all those involved have access to support, which can come from inside or outside the church circle (but not usually from the same person, as there may be conflicts of interest).

It is important to recognise the vulnerability of those who are coping with an abusive past, and to ensure that pastoral care is kept within respectful, well-defined boundaries.

 

9 Safeguarding people who may perpetrate abuse

The Leadership recognise that there is the potential for any individual to seek to perpetrate abuse against vulnerable adults, children or young people. The Leadership would seek to appropriately support those who fear they may be a risk to others to take action to protect themselves and others. This would be in conjunction with any other authorities as appropriate. The Leadership recognises that this behaviour can go unnoticed for many years and seeks to create a culture of vigilance amongst those who are involved in the ministries of Christ Church Cambridge. The reason for this is because our natural tendency is to trust other leaders and doubt the possibility that it could happen in our church family. A culture of vigilance helps deter people from seeking to abuse children, young people or vulnerable adults within our care.

People who pose a risk to children are likely to behave in the following manner:

• Giving children or vulnerable adults special attention without the knowledge of their parents or staff.

• Using texts, social media and other methods of communication inappropriately.

• Seeking to spend excessive amounts of time alone or in private isolated areas with their victim.

• Seeking inappropriate or unnecessary personal contact, e.g. holding hands with teenage children.

People who are seeking to groom children, young people or vulnerable adults may:

• Engage in subtly manipulative behaviour.

• Be perceived as warm or helpful.

• Take weeks or months before they act.

• Make children feel trapped and guilty, coercing them into keeping secrets.

The Leadership recognises that due to the addictive and persistent nature of abusive behaviour, those attending the church who are known to pose a risk (having committed, or been accused of sexual or other crimes against children, young people or vulnerable adults), will need robust measures put in place to ensure that children and vulnerable adults are safeguarded.

The Senior Minister and Safeguarding Co-ordinator will be responsible for establishing a Covenant of Care Group for any individual concerned. Such a group will consist of the individual and two or three senior members of the congregation, and will be run in conjunction with the Police and, where relevant, probation services.

The work of the group will include producing a written contract setting out boundaries for the movements and behaviour of the individual within the context of the church. The individual will be expected to sign and abide by this contract. Any such contract will be reviewed at least six-monthly.

If the individual fails to abide by the boundaries set out within this contract, the Safeguarding Co-ordinator will contact the Police for advice. If the individual leaves the church, the Police Child Protection team and, where relevant Probation Services, will be informed.

 


Appendix 1 - For display in church hall

Declaration of PCC of St Andrew the Less (Christ Church Cambridge)

The Church of England and The Leadership of St Andrew the Less (from here on in known as Christ Church Cambridge) Is committed to the Safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults. We recognise the important role that the church has in caring for both young and old alike and to that end we seek to provide a safe and caring environment that promotes the needs of the vulnerable and marginalised in our society. 

The PCC will ensure that we have the following in place to enable this to happen:

• Staff, Leaders and Volunteers recruited in accordance with the principles of Safer Recruitment

• Staff, Leaders and Volunteers informed and supported to behave in a way that is appropriate and above reproach

• Staff, Leaders and Volunteers trained in the recognition and response to the needs of vulnerable adults and children.

• Staff, Leaders, Volunteers and the Congregation made aware of who to contact within the church when they have a concern about a child, vulnerable adult or person with responsibility towards these groups.

• Staff, Leaders, Volunteers and the Congregation supported when they are affected by abuse.

The PCC recognises that:

• The gospel compels us to protect the vulnerable and marginalised as part of our witness

• The Church is a place where people who have been abused may come for care and support.

• Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.

• All people have the potential to perpetrate abuse against another person 

• Children’s Social Services has lead responsibility for investigating all allegations or suspicions of abuse where there are concerns about a child. 

• Adult Safeguarding services have lead responsibility for investigating all allegations or suspicions of abuse where there are concerns about a vulnerable adult.

• Where an allegation suggests that a criminal offence may have been committed the police should be contacted as a matter of urgency.

The nominated Safeguarding Co-ordinator for Christ Church Cambridge is Darren Coult. In Darren’s absence please contact his deputy.

 

The full policy can be seen on request from the church office: office@cccam.org.uk

This policy has been reviewed by Ely Diocese on XXXX.

The Policy was endorsed at the PCC on …………………………………… and will be reviewed annually.

Signed ……………………………………… (Rev Steve Midgley) on behalf of the PCC.


Appendix 2 Christ Church Cambridge Expectations for Staff, Leaders and Volunteers (Children/Young People)

The following is a guide for staff, leaders and volunteers involved in ministries to children and young people as part of the work of Christ Church Cambridge. It is not an exhaustive guide but simply sets out some key expectations around behaviour and organisation. 

Groups not governed by this code are crèches within daytime Bible study groups, where childcare is arranged privately by parents attending the group, who remain responsible for their own children. 

 

Supervision of children’s activities

Attempts will be made wherever possible to keep to the following ratio of adults to children, using as a guide the ratios required in regulations governing day care for under-8s: 

Child’s age Adult : Child ratio

0 to 2 years 1:3

2 to 3 years 1:4

3 to 8 years 1:8

• Avoid working in one-to-one situations with children or vulnerable adults at any time. An exception to this might be when working with children with special needs, but only with prior agreement of the parent/carer.

• Where possible the gender of the adults should reflect that of the group: i.e. at least one man if boys are present and one woman if girls are present.

• If for any reason a worker is alone with a child, they should ensure that there is a second adult nearby or there are other workers or groups nearby. Workers will leave doors open when seeing a child individually. 

• No person under 18 years of age will be left in charge of any children of any age. Children or young people attending a group will not be left alone at any time. 

• A register of children or young people attending each group or activity should be kept, and a register of leaders/helpers. These registers are to be stored securely on the church computer.

• Children under the age of 8 will need to be collected from their group by an adult and the leaders will ensure that all children are safely handed over at the end of sessions. Children aged 8+ will be trusted to return to their parents independently.

• A record should be kept of any unusual activity or comments by members, recording what leaders witnessed (e.g. throwaway sexual comments, or particularly difficult behaviour). The purpose of this is to protect both children and workers. Such records must be passed to a Safeguarding Co-ordinator to be kept in a secure place. These records must be kept indefinitely. 

• Any accidents or injuries should also be recorded in the Accident Book kept in the First Aid Box on the back of the chair cupboard off the hall.

• All leaders using the Vestry should be mindful of not being on their own with a child or young person in there. If the situation arises, the Leader is advised to walk over to the main church building where other leaders and young people may be found. 

• When transporting children ensure that it is with the knowledge of the team/leadership and that parental approval has been obtained. All drivers must have a valid driving licence, valid insurance and must ensure that seat belt laws are complied with. If it is necessary to transport a child on their own (which should only be in exceptional circumstances) they should travel in the back of the car. 

 

Young leaders

The Church Leadership is keen to support young people (11–18 years old) in learning about ministry through involvement with children’s work in the church. At the same time, it is recognised that young leaders need not be exposed to unreasonable levels of responsibility or risk. With this in mind, leaders who are 11–18 years old will not be placed in a role that will require them to complete a DBS check. They will, however, be asked to sign a code of conduct. Young leaders will be supported at all times in their roles by adult leaders.

 

First Steps or Daddy & Me

During First Steps or Daddy & Me sessions run on Christ Church Cambridge premises, parents or carers are entirely responsible at all times for the children in their care. Any concerns about children attending these groups should be referred to the Safeguarding Co-ordinator.

 

Managing toileting

Children aged 0 to 3 (i.e. crèche-aged):
Within our congregations we are clear that for crèche-age children, leaders do not provide intimate care, such as nappy changes. In any crèche, if a child requires a nappy change, leaders contact the parent/carer who will provide the necessary care. For those children being potty trained we will ask the parent to stay with them in the crèche provided, so they are on hand to take their child to the toilet where the potty should be used. This will be necessary until the child has achieved some degree of independence. Once children move into Sunday Club the procedures around providing intimate care need to be just as consistent across the entire team of leaders. Leaders need to be operating to clear guidelines in this area, both to safeguard the children and protect themselves.

Children aged 3 & 4 years:
Any help with toileting in children aged 3 and 4 years should be provided with the knowledge and agreement of the child’s parents/carers. If a child needs to use the toilet during Sunday Club one of the leaders will take them. The policy is to use the disabled toilet and leave the door ajar. Leaders will avoid doing anything that a child is able to do for themselves; where possible the leader will stand outside the door. Help will be given when needed, seeking at all times to respect a child’s dignity. Accidents do occasionally happen, in which case parents/carers will be asked to come and take over.

Older children:

Children aged 5 and above should generally be able to use the toilet independently. However, children in Climbers (age 5-6) should still be escorted to the toilets by a leader to prevent them getting lost. The leader will stay outside the door while they use the toilet. Children in Adventurers and above (6+) can take themselves to the toilets independently but the leaders will be aware of when this happens and keep an eye out to ensure the child returns safely. 

 

Behaviour management

General principles for Sunday school leaders

Discipline is a team issue: 

• Each member of the team has a part to play.

• Agree roles and responsibilities. 

• Identify each other’s strengths.

• Be consistent, loving and predictable (the same behaviour produces the same consequences).

• When disciplining a child over poor behaviour, do not do so in a way that humiliates and do not do so one-to-one behind closed doors. 

• Never use physical discipline.

Discipline is a planning issue:

• Be aware that a poor lesson can result in poor behaviour, because the children are bored and frustrated. It does not follow that poor behaviour is always caused by a poor lesson.

Discipline is a gospel issue:

• We work in a context of continual conversation with parents. We want to be speaking to parents about their children, irrespective of their child’s behaviour. This acknowledges that we only teach because they have commissioned us to teach their children the Bible for an hour a week.

• Poor discipline prevents others from hearing God speak. That should be motivation enough to act.

• Seek to encourage with positive affirmation both the whole class and individuals, publicly and privately, whenever possible.

• Offer the child a way out by them changing their behaviour.

• Model forgiveness.

Each team will have its own procedures for managing behaviour, which will be clear to all team members. Parents will be informed of poor behaviour when team members are in agreement that this will be helpful to all concerned.

 

Guidelines on touch for those who work with children

• Keep everything public. 

• A hug in the context of a group is very different from a hug behind closed doors.

• Touch should be related to the child’s needs, not the worker’s.

• Touch should be age-appropriate and generally initiated by the child rather than the worker.

• Avoid any physical activity that is, or may be thought to be, sexually stimulating to the adult or the child.

• Children have the right to decide how much physical contact they have with others, except in exceptional circumstances when they need medical attention. 

• Team members should monitor one another in the area of physical contact. The team should be free to help each other by pointing out anything which could be misunderstood. 

 

Communications policy for youth leaders 

This policy seeks to clarify and set the boundaries for communication between the youth leaders and members at Christ Church Cambridge. All communication between youth leaders and members occurs on a strictly same-sex basis – i.e. male leaders to male members and female leaders to female members (except where mass communication, e.g. group emails/ Facebook messages are sent out).

The context for all communication with members is that parents are responsible for their children, rather than youth leaders. At the beginning of each term a letter is sent to all parents explaining dates of events and requesting parental consent. Where a leader meets up one-to-one or in a smaller group, parental consent will also initially be requested. The meeting will take place either in the member’s home, with the parents around, or in a public place such as a café. In the event of any pastoral concerns a leader may have about an individual member, a leader would always take the issue to the parent or church leader.

To prevent relationships being misunderstood by a member or an outsider, leaders will not send more than five texts, emails or Facebook messages to one individual in any given week. All communication between leaders and members is to occur between the hours of 8am and 8pm. In circumstances where leaders are texted or contacted by members outside of these times, the leader will not reply until the following morning except in cases of emergency. The only exception would be in the evening of a youth event (for example a social, which may not finish until 10pm) where communication asking for practical details can be replied to.

In all communication, leaders are encouraged to be above reproach and exercise wisdom to protect both themselves and the members from accusation or incrimination of any kind. Rather than hinder communication, this policy is intended to encourage youth leaders to communicate appropriately.

 

The tables below outline the current methods of communication:

Photography

Photographs are a great way to share information about events and activities and to ‘put faces to names’. However, there are a few guiding principles that should be observed when taking and storing photographs of people during church activities. Those using their own cameras in order to take pictures for the church must be clear that the resulting pictures are not to be duplicated or stored for personal use.

• Make sure you have everyone’s permission. Where children or vulnerable adults are involved, get the permission of the parent or carer as well. There may be good reasons why an individual does not want a photo displayed or published: for example, if the person has fled a violent partner, or has fostered or adopted children whose parents are not allowed to know their whereabouts.

• Make sure people know in advance how the photo(s) will be used, e.g. will they be only on the notice board in the church hall, or will they be sent to the local paper or posted on an internet site? Be careful to stick to what you say you are going to do; don’t widen your audience without going back for further permission.

• If you are planning to take ‘roving’, informal pictures during a church event, then a written information note can be included along with the advance publicity, giving people the opportunity to let you know that they do not wish to be included in those photographs. Photographs of individuals should always be taken with permission, even if there has been a general or implied agreement to informal photographs during an event.

• Particularly with children, do not give detailed identity indicators by labelling pictures with full names, ages etc. Ideally, take photographs of children in small or mixed age groups, with a general heading.

• Give careful thought to storage of photographs. Use locked filing cabinets, especially if photographs accompany names, addresses and other personal identifiers. If photographs are stored online, use password protection.

• Do not store images/photographs of those for whom you hold a professional duty of care on your personal phone, computer or any internet device. Use a church-owned device that is password protected and is exclusively used for church activities.

 

Christ Church Cambridge Expectations for Staff, Leaders and Volunteers (Vulnerable Adults)

The following is a guide for staff, leaders and volunteers involved in ministries to vulnerable adults as part of the work of Christ Church Cambridge. It is not an exhaustive guide but simply sets out some key expectations around behaviour and organisation.

 

Visiting vulnerable adults

In church ministry, the boundaries between work and private life can be difficult to distinguish clearly. These guidelines are not for application to informal friendships arising from church membership, but rather to relationships formed when services are more formally offered by or on behalf of the church. Church workers, paid or volunteer, are expected to endeavour to uphold Christian values in both ‘public’ and ‘private’ areas of their lives.

• Where possible, arrange visits to a person’s home beforehand rather than ‘cold-calling’; this is especially important the first time you visit, e.g. at the beginning of a planned programme of visiting. Avoid times or places to meet (including your own home) when you and the vulnerable person will be alone.

• Make clear from the outset what is being offered (e.g. bereavement counselling) and discuss with the person how they would like to be supported, within the structure of the service offered.

• Consider carrying a form of identity that links you to the church so that the vulnerable person can, if they wish, check you out before letting you into the home.

• On a home visit, leave a card or note with your name, role and contact number so that the person, or a carer, knows who you are and how to contact you.

Keep a written note of all visits and one-to-one work with adults, e.g. in a work journal or diary. Log all visits made: times, dates, the purpose of the visit and any concerns that arose. Include the reason for the visit or session, and a note of any concerns that arose.

• Respect a person’s independence. Always knock before entering a person’s room or home; consider the appropriateness of initiating or receiving physical contact when greeting someone.

• Do not assume that the use of first names rather than the more formal Mr/Mrs/Miss/Ms is acceptable; always ask.

• Someone who lacks capacity to act for him/herself in one area of life may nonetheless be quite capable in other areas; ensure participation and inclusion wherever it is possible. Remember also that, as the Mental Capacity Act 2005 makes clear, every adult who has capacity retains the right to make decisions that others may deem to be unwise.

• In conversation, consider the appropriate level of language for the needs of the vulnerable adult and be aware of any special difficulties, e.g. use of hearing aids, speech impediment or learning disability. Where communication skills are impaired, ask the adult if he or she is comfortable involving a member of the family or a friend to help communication, and let the adult choose who this should be.

• Where you are seeking to find out the views of a person, or you are asking him or her to make a choice, offer clear unbiased choices and allow the person time to consider and express a decision.

• Respect the person’s right to personal space and privacy. Particular consideration should be given when assisting someone to use the toilet; balance the need for physical assistance with the need for dignity and privacy, and involve the person in any decision to either assist or to leave a door unlocked etc.

• Consider the potential difficulties of home visits and discuss with fellow workers how risks to the vulnerable adult, and to the visitor(s) can be minimised. 

• Remember to be sensitive to a person’s own beliefs and faith; be careful not be pressurise the person to adopt your own views.

• When dealing with financial affairs, be very cautious. Honesty, integrity and transparency are all vital. Do not engage in any activity that involves a personal financial gain; do not canvass for church donations from those who may be vulnerable, e.g. the recently bereaved.

• Do not accept gifts, other than small unsolicited tokens of thanks or birthday/Christmas gifts that are of low value (of the order of an ordinary box of chocolates, say). 

• Be sensitive to any signs of a developing dependency upon you that might be inappropriate, especially where the person’s vulnerability has arisen in a time of personal crisis. Where you feel an inappropriate attachment might be forming, seek advice from an appropriate source (e.g. the Senior Minister, the Safeguarding Co-ordinator, the Diocesan Safeguarding Officer or the Bishop’s Safeguarding Adviser).

• If ever you feel that you are moving out of your depth in a relationship with a vulnerable person, or you do not feel competent to deal with a developing situation, step back and seek advice. Make sure you know your routes to support if you are in difficulty.

• Those who are regularly supporting vulnerable members of the congregation are able to access support from a member of the senior ministry team.

In working on behalf of the church with an adult who is vulnerable, it would never be appropriate to promise total confidentiality. Always make clear that, although you will keep matters confidential if you possibly can, you reserve the right to share information with appropriate people if you feel someone is at risk of significant harm.

 

 

For those visiting people on behalf of the Council Elderly Visiting Scheme, please be aware of the following advice:

• Try to go in daylight hours.

• Ensure someone else knows where you are going, how long you expect to be there, and when you expect to return.

• Ensure that someone has a contact phone number for you, and are aware if you are not back 30 minutes after your expected return time to try to contact you.

• If you get delayed on a visit, ensure that you contact your base person once you have finished the visit.

• Consider if you are aware of any risks that you may face in the location you are going to.

• Consider if you need to take someone with you to visit the person.

• Consider if you know what to do should you come across an emergency situation when visiting someone on the Elderly Visiting Scheme, e.g. a health emergency etc.


Appendix 3 Activities of Christ Church Cambridge that involve children or vulnerable adults

Adult ministries

It is outside the scope of this policy to cover members of the congregation who visit fellow congregation members in the normal bounds of friendship. However, if a concern was raised to a member of Staff it would be dealt with in accordance with this policy.

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Children's Ministries

 

Appendix 4 Procedure for Appointing Volunteers into Positions of Leadership

Procedure for Appointing Volunteers into Positions of Leadership

  1. Volunteer is interviewed.
  2. If both parties are in agreement, a contract is signed. The contract is scanned, with one copy kept on church records, one sent to group leader and one to volunteer. At this stage a copy of the Safeguarding Policy is given to the volunteer to read.
  3. Steph Gray [SG] is notified and volunteer receives DBS Application and Declaration Forms.
  4. Volunteer completes DBS forms online and returns completed paper copies of the Declaration Forms to Darren Coult [DC] (or the church office) together with ID documents.
  5. Darren Coult checks original copies of ID documents and takes copies to pass to SG.
  6. ID is returned to the volunteer or held in church office for collection.
  7. SG checks the forms and writes to referees.
  8. DBS certificate is sent direct to volunteer. SG receives DBS confirmation from Ely Diocese. 
  9. SG notifies Group leader and DC that DBS check and references are complete and in order.

Only at this point is a volunteer allowed to start serving.

Chain of responsibility

Vicar Steve Midgley

Safeguarding Coordinator Darren Coult

Deputy Coordinator Rachel Browning

Group leader (i.e. person to whom volunteers are responsible)

Morning Group crèches   Rachel Browning

First Steps: Wednesday Rachel Bruins

First Steps: Friday Anna Bickerstaffe

Daddy & Me Steve Tong

Crèche: Sundays 9.30am Rosa John

Crèche: Sundays 11.15am Darren Coult

Sunday Club Darren Coult

Pathfinders Ant Ng/Rosie Weston

Grafted Pete Myers


Appendix 5 Forms used by Christ Church Cambridge

A) Confidential Declaration Form

 

For people intending to work with children and vulnerable adults

This document is based on the Church of England ‘Practice Guidance: Safer Recruitment’ 2016. 

The position for which you have applied or currently hold gives opportunities for regular or unsupervised contact with children and/or vulnerable adults. You are therefore required to complete the enclosed confidential declaration and return it to the person designated at the end of the form. Information declared here will either be checked with the Disclosure and Barring Service or with other relevant authorities. If you have any questions regarding the declaration, then please ask the person designated on the form or the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser. 

The information you supply about your history of working with, or caring for, children and/or vulnerable adults is confidential. It may be shared, on a ‘need-to-know’ basis, in order to protect children and/or vulnerable adults. A confidential declaration must be held by the person who makes the appointments or provides the licence for all clergy and those paid employees and volunteers who have contact with children/vulnerable adults. 

 

Confidential Declaration

Your Full Name 

Date of Birth 

Your Address 

Telephone Number 

E-mail address 

 

Please answer the following questions. If you answer ‘yes’ to any question, please give details on a separate sheet. 

1. Have you ever been convicted of or charged with a criminal offence or been bound over to keep the peace?

(Include both ‘spent’ and ‘unspent’ convictions. You do NOT need to declare fixed penalty speeding tickets. A criminal offence in the past does not necessarily mean that you will not be able to take the post applied for.)

YES / NO 

2. Have you ever received a caution, reprimand or warning from the police?

YES / NO

3. Are you at present (or have you ever been) under investigation by the police or an employer or other organisation for which you worked for any offence / misconduct?

YES / NO 

4. Are you or have you ever been prohibited and / or barred from work with children and/or vulnerable adults?

YES / NO 

5. Has a family court ever made a finding of fact in relation to you, that you have caused significant harm to a child and / or vulnerable adult, or has any such court made an order against you on the basis of any finding or allegation that any child and / or vulnerable adult was at risk of significant harm from you?

YES / NO 

6. Has your conduct ever caused or been likely to cause significant harm to a child and / or vulnerable adult, and / or put a child or vulnerable adult at risk of significant harm?

YES / NO

7. To your knowledge, has it ever been alleged that your conduct has resulted in any of those things? 

YES / NO 

8. Have you ever had any allegation made against you, which has been reported/ referred to, and investigated by the Police/Social Services/Social Work Department (Children or Adult’s Social Care)? 

YES / NO 

9. Has a child in your care or for whom you have or had parental responsibility ever been removed from your care, been placed on the Child Protection Register or been the subject of child protection planning, a care order, a supervision order, a child assessment order or an emergency protection order under the Children Act 1989, or a similar order under any other legislation?

YES / NO 

 

Declaration

I declare that the above information (and that on any attached sheets) is true, accurate and complete to the best of my knowledge. 

I have read and agree to adhere to the Safeguarding Policy as provided to me by the Leadership of Christ Church Cambridge.

After I have been appointed I agree to inform the Christ Church Safeguarding Co-ordinator if I am charged, cautioned or convicted of any offence or if I become subject to a Police/Social Services/Social Work Department (Children or Adult’s Social Care) investigation.  

Signed 

Date 

 

References

Please give the names of two people who would be able to provide a reference. They should be people who have known you at least two years, and who are not in your family. If you are employed, one of the referees should be your current employer. 

Referee 1: 

Name 

Address 

Tel: 

How does this person know you? 

Referee 2: 

Name 

Address 

Tel: 

How does this person know you? 

Note: Before an appointment can be confirmed applicants must provide an enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service. Consult with the Diocesan Office, your incumbent or child protection co-ordinator for details of the process. 

Please return the completed form to the Parish Safeguarding Co-ordinator

_  Tick if this form is being used for a volunteer who does not have a DBS and is assisting in an occasional ministry as outlined in the section on Safer Recruitment (DBS Point 8).

 

B) Contract for Those Working With Children and Young People

Name of Worker

We welcome you as a Sunday Club Leader

We are delighted that you have been willing to take on this role. As you will know we seek to establish every member of the church as a mature disciple in Christ and believe that this can begin from the earliest age. On behalf of the members of Christ Church Cambridge therefore, we undertake to support you and the work you do by praying for you and equipping you with the necessary resources and training. 

The person to whom you are directly responsible is Darren Coult

He is there to discuss any matters of concern that you may have.

The responsibilities of your work are as follows:

• To follow the church's Safeguarding Policy, procedures and practice. 

• To be committed to Sunday Club and the vision to make ‘head, heart and hands disciples of Jesus Christ’

• To seek to live in obedience to Christ, commending him to the children both by your example and words.

• To help plan and lead sessions on a Sunday morning as the rota dictates.

• To be fully committed to the body of Christ at Christ Church, seeking where possible to regularly attend prayer meetings. 

Initially you will work for a probationary period of 3 months. At the end of that time there will be an opportunity for a review to decide together if this is the right area of service for you at Christ Church Cambridge.

 

If you do continue in this area then once a year you will be given the opportunity to review your work and discuss any concerns you may have as well as opportunities for development and training.

 

Working with children and young people is a responsibility but it also brings great rewards. We hope you will enjoy the work you have undertaken.

 

In signing this contract I indicate my agreement with the aims and conditions stated above.

Signed     ..............................................................              Volunteer  ......................................................                    Date.....................

Signed     ..............................................................              Group Leader.............................................                     Date.....................

Signed     ..............................................................              Vicar  ...............................................................                     Date.....................

 

A copy of this form will be kept on church records. We will email you a copy for your own records.

C) Pictures, computer images and social networking permission form for parents and leaders

In the Diocese of Ely we opt for cautious common sense in our approach to the taking, storing and sharing of pictures (whether these are photos, moving images, computer-generated images or other pictures) of our young people. We would like to take pictures to publicise our events and illustrate our activities, and also to provide a memento for those taking part. However, we also accept that there may be people who are not comfortable with being included in pictures and that for some people, particularly those who have relocated after domestic violence or adoption, pictures can be inappropriate and may put someone at risk. Therefore, we will always ask permission for each activity, seeking agreement from participants themselves if they are adults, or from parents/carers where activities involve children or vulnerable adults. We will respect a person’s right to decline to be included in pictures without asking them to explain why. 

In addition, our leaders will remind participants, including children and teenagers, who wish to take their own photographs or mobile phone images NOT to take pictures without the permission of those involved. We will also remind everyone that images of other people should not be posted on Facebook or other social networking sites without permission, and that they must be careful not to take pictures that could be deemed to be insulting or indecent, even if the person involved gives permission. 

Leaders of activities will not use their own mobile phones to take pictures of children or vulnerable adults with whom they are working. All images will be stored securely, usually in the church office, and not on computers or other equipment belonging to leaders. Images may be used on the church, Diocesan or Church of England websites but will not be electronically shared with other individuals. 

No person under the age of 18 who appears in a photograph will be named or other specific identifying details given without permission from the parent/guardian. Children will also be asked for permission, in an age-appropriate context. 

Please indicate below to show whether or not you agree to the occasional taking of pictures by leaders who will follow the above guidelines. If you indicate you do not wish this to happen, you will not be asked for an explanation and your request will be respected. 

I do/do not give permission for pictures to be taken of ……………………………………….... subject to the guidelines outlined above. 

Signed 

Please print name.......................................................................................................... 

Date 

 


 

Appendix 6 Charities and sources of help for people who are suffering abuse, have been abused, or are a risk to others

Men’s Advice Line

For male victims of domestic violence and abuse
Tel: 0808 801 0327 or www.mensadviceline.org.uk

Women’s Aid

For female victims of domestic violence and abuse
Tel: 0808 2000 247 or www.womensaid.org.uk/ 

Stop It Now

Concerned about your behaviour towards or feelings about children
Tel: 0808 1000 900 or www.stopitnow.org.uk/england

Forced Marriage

Being forced into marriage or need help leaving a forced marriage
Tel: 020 7008 0151 or www.gov.uk/stop-forced-marriage

Samaritans

Provides confidential non-judgemental emotional support, 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feeling of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide
Tel: 08457 90 90 90 or www.samaritans.org 

National Stalking Helpline

Suffering from harassment or intimidation by another person
Tel: 0808 802 0300 or www.stalkinghelpline.org

Mind

Living with a mental health problem or supporting someone who is
Tel: 0300 123 3393 or Text 86463 or www.mind.org.uk

RSVP

Support for those affected by rape and sexual violence abuse
Tel: 0121 233 3818 or www.rsvporg.co.uk/

Cambridgeshire DAAT

Drug and drink recovery support – the Drug and Alcohol Action Team can help you to map out your personal recovery journey
Tel: 01223 699680 or www.cambsdaat.org/