AT THE HEART OF ALL WE SEEK TO BE AND DO IS FAITH, HOPE AND LOVE.
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. Chesterton Methodist Church's safeguarding policy can be downloaded here . A copy is also available in the white folder on the shelves in the entrance of the church. Please click here for safeguarding contact details.
The Methodist Church is strongly committed to supporting survivors of abuse of any kind and especially abuse that occurred within a church context. To find out more about how we seek to improve our practice a simple leaflet is available here.
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.