Safeguarding

The PCC has adopted policies for safeguarding children and vulnerable adults, in accordance with Church of England guidance as set out in the House of Bishops' Policy, Protecting all God's Children. Signed copies of the Parish Policy Statement for Safeguarding Children

http://www.rochester.anglican.org/content/pages/documents/1516787242.pdf

and the Vulnerable Adults Parish Policy

http://www.rochester.anglican.org/content/pages/documents/1432281360.pdf

are on display on one of the noticeboards in the Church.

Members of the PCC and others involved in the life of St Giles undertake appropriate training on safeguarding.

The Safeguarding Officer for Children is Miss Glynis Coates
The Safeguarding Officer for Vulnerable Adults is Sir Paul Britton

The lead recruiter is Cath Jackson

Past Cases Review

We are committed to making our church a safe space for all.

Churches across the Diocese of Rochester are currently undertaking a comprehensive safeguarding review to establish that all known past cases of concern relating to church abuse have been considered and dealt with appropriately.

If you are concerned about something you have experienced in a church, now or in the past, or you are worried about another person - perhaps a vulnerable adult or a child - there are people you can talk to and you will be taken seriously.

Anyone who needs to come forward with information or make any disclosures regarding church related abuse are encouraged to make direct contact with the Diocese of Rochester's Safeguarding team on: 01634 560000 or visit: www.rochester.anglican.org/safeguarding/

Recognising that this may not feel safe for those with a lived experience of abuse from within the church, a dedicated telephone helpline, operated independently from the church, by the NSPCC, is available.

Calls can be made free on 0800 80 20 20

Thank you