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Holy Trinity Seer Green & Jordans

Parish Safeguarding Policy

Parish of Holy Trinity of Seer Green & Jordans

Parish policy on recruitment and DBS criminal records checks

  1. This Parish is committed to the recognition of each person’s skills, experience and qualifications. We shall attempt to ensure that these are fully considered in the recruitment and appointment of paid staff and volunteers.
  1. We shall assess all positions (whether for paid staff or volunteers) in order to determine whether a check is required from the Disclosure and Barring Service and, if so, at what level. For those positions requiring a Disclosure, we shall indicate in any advertisement (or other information about the position) the level of check and make clear that any offer of position will be subject to the receipt of satisfactory information from the DBS.
  1. Where a position involves a DBS check, we shall encourage all applicants invited to an interview to provide details of any criminal record before the interview.
  1. We shall obtain DBS checks for volunteers through an appropriate registered body and shall advise the Diocese which registered body we use.
  1. If the Diocese advises that a DBS check contains information relevant to the position, we shall work with Diocesan staff to assess the risks and agree a course of action.
  1. We shall follow Diocesan guidance on the renewal of applications for DBS checks.
  1. We shall ensure that DBS check information is passed only to those entitled to receive it.
  1. We are committed to the fair and sensitive use of DBS check information. We shall refer to the Diocese any complaints about the DBS check process or the accuracy of DBS check information so that appropriate action can be taken; this may involve the use of the formal complaints procedure.
  1. In dealing with all matters relating to Disclosure, we shall comply with the Disclosure and Barring Service’s Code of Practice. We shall also comply with Diocesan policies and follow Diocesan procedures and guidance.

Signed: Parish Priest/Incumbent…………………………………………….

             Churchwarden ………………………………………………………

             Churchwarden ………………………………………………………

            Date ……………………………

Return this form to:

            Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, Church House Oxford, Langford Locks, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1GF

Revised October 2014

 

Parish of Holy Trinity of Seer Green & Jordans: Safeguarding Policy

The following policy was agreed at the PCC meeting held on……………….

  • We are committed to:
  • The care, nurture of, and respectful pastoral ministry with, all children and all adults
  • The safeguarding and protection of all children, young people and adults when they are vulnerable
  • The establishing of safe, caring communities which provide a loving environment where there is a culture of ‘informed vigilance’ as to the dangers of abuse.
  • We will carefully select and train all those with any responsibility within the Church, in line with safer recruitment principles, including the use of Disclosure and Barring Service criminal records checks.
  • We will respond without delay to every complaint made which suggests that an adult, child or young person may have been harmed, co-operating with the police and local authority in any investigation and we will have a clear reporting procedure in place.
  • We will seek to work with anyone who has suffered abuse, developing with him or her an appropriate ministry of informed pastoral care.
  • We will seek to challenge any abuse of power, especially by anyone in a position of trust.
  • We will seek to offer pastoral care and support, including supervision and referral to the proper authorities, to any member of our church community known to have offended against a child, young person or vulnerable adult.
  • In all these principles we will follow statute, guidance and recognised good practice.
  • We will advise the Diocese which Registered Body we use to process applications for Disclosure and Barring Service criminal records checks.
  • We will advise the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser if we receive a Disclosure which is ‘blemished’ or ‘positive’.
  • We will review this policy annually, check that our policies are up to date, and supply a copy of the updated policy statement to the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser.

Our Safeguarding Officer(s) is/are:

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