CHILDREN AND ADULTS AT RISK
Every person has a value and dignity, which comes directly from the creation of people in God’s image. Christians see this potential as fulfilled by God’s re-creation of us in Christ. Among other things this implies a duty to value all people as bearing the image of God and therefore to protect them from harm.
We commit ourselves to nurture, protect and safeguard all our members, particularly children, young people and adults at risk. We recognise that safeguarding is the responsibility of the whole church. We undertake to exercise proper care in the selection, appointment, training and support of those working with children or adults at risk.
We will respond without delay to concerns or allegations that a child or adult at risk may have been harmed, cooperating fully in any investigation. We will challenge any abuse of power by anyone in a position of trust. We will seek to offer pastoral care to anyone who has suffered abuse.
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 adult at risk.
Please refer to the London Diocesan Safeguarding Policy Promoting a Safer Diocese (2018) and the National Church’s Safeguarding Policies and Parish Safeguarding Handbook for more information.
IMPORTANT CONTACT DETAILS
London Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers: 0793 081 9279 / Rachael.Spiers@Leicestercofe.org
ThirtyOne: Eight (24-hour helpline): 0303 003 1111
Family Lives: 0808 800 222
Childline: 0800 1111
LOCAL CONTACT AUTHORITY DETAILS IN THE CITY OF LONDON
LOCAL CONTACT AUTHORITY DETAILS IN THE CITY OF LEICESTER
For children: LSCPB@leicester.gov.uk / (0116) 454 6520 or 0116 454 1004 (24 hour service)
See also: https://www.lcitylscb.org/
For adults: 0116 454 1004 (Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm, Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm) / Emergency number: 0116 255 1606
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