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The Upper Wylye Valley Team - Youth Safeguarding Policies

The long awaited revised Diocesan guidelines on Safeguarding and Good Practice were published in May 2013. We have met with John Tomlinson three times to discuss the findings and review our Safeguarding Policy and practices.

We have attended two courses during the year the first to look at the new guidelines and the second for guidance on how to complete the new Disclosure and Barring Service forms which also came into being this year. The Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor came to the team to talk to LPAs, activity leaders and clergy about Safeguarding.

We also attended a Team Council meeting to give a brief summary of the Diocesan Guidelines and what the Parish role is.

The link to the Diocesan Safeguarding Policies is here

 

Upper Wylye Valley Team Safeguarding Policy 2014

We are committed to promoting and supporting environments which:
 - are friendly to children and young and vulnerable people and nurture their positive development
 - enable children and young and vulnerable people to be active contributors to the church community
 - protect children and young and vulnerable people from actual or potential harm
 - enable and encourage concerns to be raised and responded to openly and consistently.

We recognise that:
 - the welfare of the child, or young or vulnerable person is paramount
 - all children and young and vulnerable people (regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity) have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse
 - abuse of children and young and vulnerable people can occur in all communities and is most likely to occur within families and by people known to the person
 - working in partnership with children and young and vulnerable people, their parents, relatives, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting their welfare.

We will endeavour to safeguard children and young and vulnerable people:
 - In all our activities -
by valuing, listening to and respecting children and young and vulnerable people
 - by following the Diocesan Safeguarding and Good Practice Guidelines
 - by fostering and encouraging best practice by setting standards for working with children and young and vulnerable people.

In our recruitment of paid staff and volunteers, by following the guidelines and procedures of the Salisbury Diocese in ensuring careful selection and recruitment of ordained and lay ministers, voluntary and paid workers in line with safer recruitment principles and checks  providing supervision, support and training.

In our publicity -
by sharing information about good safeguarding practice: with children and young and vulnerable people, parents and relatives, and all those working with them.

When concerns are raised, we will follow Diocesan procedures by - responding without delay to every concern raised that a child or young or vulnerable person may have been harmed, or be at risk from harm: any concerns will be reported without delay to the Team Rector; if concerns are raised about the Team Rector then those concerns will be reported immediately to the Archdeacon
responding without delay to every concern raised about the behaviour of an adult or child
 - working with the diocese and appropriate statutory bodies during an investigation into abuse of a child or young or vulnerable person, including when allegations are made against a member of the church community
 - challenging any abuse of power, especially by anyone in a position of trust.

We will support those people
In our care -
 - by ensuring that informed and appropriate pastoral care is offered to any child, young person or adult who has suffered abuse
 - by ensuring that appropriate pastoral care is offered to any member of our church community against whom an allegation is made.

In our supervision by following Diocesan procedures to ensure, in partnership with the diocese and other agencies, that care and supervision is provided for any member of our church community known to have offended against a child or young or vulnerable person, or to pose a risk to them.

We are committed to reviewing our policy and procedures annually.