Policy for Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults

Policy for Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults          

for Lidlington Church Ecumenical Single Congregation

This Policy was agreed at the Lidlington Church Council Meeting held on 9.4.2017

  • We are committed to implementing a safeguarding children policy and to be responsive to local community requirements.
  • We recognise that everyone has different levels of vulnerability and that all adults should be offered respect and given inclusion and empowerment within the Church.
  • We are committed to implementing a safeguarding policy for adults when they are vulnerable and be responsive to local community requirements.
  • We will review and endorse the safeguarding policies annually so that all members are aware of their responsibilities.
  • The highest standards will be maintained in all the Church’s contacts with children, young people and vulnerable adults.
  • We will carefully select all those working with vulnerable groups and these workers will be given appropriate support and opportunities for training.
  • We will respond without delay to every complaint made that a child, young person or vulnerable adult for whom we are responsible may have been harmed.   
  • This Parish will co‐operate fully with the statutory agencies in every situation and will not conduct its own investigations.
  • We will seek to offer informed pastoral care to any child, young person or adult who has suffered abuse.
  • We will care for and supervise any member of our church community known to have offended against a child, young person or vulnerable adult.
  • Lidlington Church Council Council acknowledges its responsibility for all work with children, young people and adults done in the name of the Church and requires all those engaged in such work to be properly appointed and supported in accordance with: The Church of England Practice Guidance: Safer Recruitment  (July 2016) and The Methodist Church Safeguarding Practice Guidance on carrying out Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks as part of Safer Recruitment for England and Wales (August 2015)                                                Review date Oct 2018

Below is a list of contacts for your local area for children, young people and adults.

Lidlington Church Safeguarding Lead for children, young people and vulnerable adults:  

Linda Bulled                         07752 677 622                                             linda.bulled1810@gmail.com

Diocese of St Albans Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor:

Jez Hirst                     01727 818 107         07867 350 886         safeguarding@stalbans.anglican.org

North Bedfordshire Methodist Circuit  Circuit Safeguarding Coordinator:

Ali Campbell             01234 290858                                              alistairmcampbell@yahoo.co.uk

You can also seek advice at any time from:

Central Bedfordshire Council

Children Services Access and Referral Hub                          0300 300 8585 (during office hours)

Our office hours:                  08.45 until 17.20 Monday to Thursday               

08.45 until 16.20 on a Friday

If you urgently need help outside office hours you can contact

Children Services Social Care Emergency Duty Team       0300 300 8123

Adult Social Care Services

If the person you are worried about is not in immediate danger then you can report suspected abuse of an adult using ouronline form(link opens in new window) 

If you would rather speak to us, or if you need any help completing the form, you can contact us:

0300 300 8122 (Monday to Friday, 8:45am to 5:20pm)

0300 300 8123 (outside of these hours) by email atadult.protection@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk

Bedfordshire Police 101 for adviceor 999 in emergency

NSPCC helpline  0808 800 5000      help@nspcc.org.uk