CHESTERTON METHODIST CHURCH

AT THE HEART OF ALL WE SEEK TO DO AND BE IS FAITH, HOPE AND LOVE.

Safeguarding

Every person has a value and dignity which comes directly from the creation of Humans in God's own image and likeness. 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.

Safeguarding

We are committed to:

We will carefully select and train all those with any responsibility within the Church, in line with Safer Recruitment principles, including the use of criminal records disclosures and registration with the relevant vetting and barring schemes.

We will respond without delay to every complaint made which suggests that an adult, child or young person may have been harmed, cooperating with the police and local authority in any investigation.

We will seek to work with anyone who has suffered abuse, developing with them 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 legislation, guidance and recognised good practice.

Contact details:

Church Ministers: Deacon Ian Murray email

Church Safeguarding Officer: Deacon Ian Murray phone: 01223 424428  mobile: 07709 909054

Circuit Safeguarding Officer: Richard Elcock email   phone : 01763 208381

Circuit Superintendent: Revd Colin Smith email phone: 01223 352115

Chair of District: revd Julian Pursehouse email  phone: 01603 452257

Cambridgeshire Direct Children: 0345 045 5203

Cambridgeshire Direct Adults: 0345 045 5202

Emergency Duty Team: phone: 01733 234 724

Childline: 0800 1111

NSPCC: 0808 800 5000

Police non-emergency: 101

The Church's full Safeguarding Policy can be downloaded here