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Diocesan Safeguarding Policy Statement

"For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope." (Jeremiah 29.11)

In accordance with the Church of England’s Safeguarding Policy, the Diocese in Europe is committed to:

  • Promoting a safer environment and culture.
  • Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children, young people and vulnerable adults within the church.
  • Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation.
  • Caring pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse and other affected persons.
  • Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns or allegations of abuse and other affected persons.
  • Responding to those that may pose a present risk to others.

The Diocese in Europe will:

  • Endeavour to create a safe and caring place for all.
  • Support each local Safeguarding Officer to work with the incumbent and the Chaplaincy Council to implement policy and procedures.
  • Safely recruit, train and support all those with any responsibility for children, young people and adults to have the confidence and skills to recognise and respond to abuse.
  • Encourage each chaplaincy to arrange appropriate insurance cover for all activities involving children and adults undertaken in the name of the chaplaincy.
  • Advise each chaplaincy to display in church premises and on the chaplaincy website the details of who to contact if there are safeguarding concerns or support needs.
  • Listen to and take seriously all those who disclose abuse.
  • Take steps to protect children and adults when a safeguarding concern of any kind arises, following House of Bishops’ guidance.
  • Offer support to victims/survivors of abuse regardless of the type of abuse, when or where it occurred.
  • Care for and monitor any member of the church community who may pose a risk to children and adults whilst maintaining appropriate confidentiality and the safety of all parties.
  • Review the implementation of the Safeguarding Policy, procedures and practices at least annually.
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