Safeguarding Statement for Children and Vulnerable Adults.
The parish of St Mary the Virgin, Linton, is committed to safeguarding all those who attend the worship or other activities that we offer. We follow the House of Bishops’ Policy, Protecting All God’s Children (2010), and the Diocese of Ely's Policy and Procedures which can be seen on the Diocesan website (opens in a new tab).
We seek to create a culture where everyone is included, respected, listened to, and taken seriously. We accept the prime duty of care for children and vulnerable adults, and have appointed a safeguarding co-ordinator to ensure that what we do is informed by the up-to-date policies and procedures from local and national authorities.
Our safeguarding co-ordinator is:
Cathy Watts and she can be contacted via email
We follow recommended safeguarding practice in recruiting, training and supporting our ordained and lay ministers, our employees and our volunteers.
These practices include:
Disclosure & Barring Service checks for those working regularly or substantially with children and/or vulnerable adults.
Health and safety policies are adhered to and we have provided adequate insurance cover for all activities undertaken in the name of the parish.
All those working on behalf of the parish have agreed to comply with the safeguarding policy and with good practice guidelines for their work.
We respond without delay to any complaint that a child or vulnerable adult in our care may have been harmed by the behaviour of an employee or volunteer working on behalf of the church. We always seek advice on such matters from outside this church, and we will co-operate with statutory agencies during any enquiries they need to make into allegations against a member of the church community. During those enquiries we will do our best to ensure that those making an allegation, and those against whom an allegation is made, are supported appropriately.
Margaret Guite, Team Rector