Safeguarding and Related Policies
Safeguarding Policy Statement
As an ecumenical religious community acknowledged by the Anglican church we adopt the following
Safeguarding Policy Statement which is modelled on that used in the Diocese of London.
Every person has a value and dignity which comes directly from their creation in God's own image and
likeness. Christians see this potential as fulfilled by God's re-creation of us in Christ. Among other
things this implies a duty to value all people as bearing the image of God and therefore to protect
them from harm.
- We accept and endorse the principles of the Anglican House of Bishops' Policy for safeguarding
children (Protecting All God's Children, 2010) and safeguarding adults in the Church of England
(Promoting a Safe Church, 2006).
- We commit ourselves to nurture, protect and safeguard all our members, and others present at or
associated with Community activities, particularly children, young people and adults at risk.
- We recognise that safeguarding is the responsibility of the whole Community.
- We undertake to exercise proper care in the selection, appointment, training and support of those
working in a paid or voluntary position with children or adults at risk, including use of the
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
- We will respond without delay to concerns or allegations that a child or adult at risk may have
been harmed, cooperating with the police and social care services in any investigation.
- We will challenge any abuse of power by anyone in a position of trust.
- We will seek to establish a safe, caring Community which provides a loving environment where
victims of abuse can report or disclose abuse and where they can find support and best practice
that contributes to the prevention of abuse.
- We will seek to offer pastoral care and support to anyone who has suffered abuse, offering them
appropriate ministry, which recognises the importance of understanding the needs of those who have
been abused, including their feelings of alienation and/or isolation. We will seek to do all within
our capacity to protect survivors of abuse from the possibility of further harm and abuse.
- We will seek to offer pastoral care and support, including supervision and referral to the
appropriate authorities, to any member of our Community known or alleged to have offended against a
child, young person or adult at risk.
- The Community of Aidan and Hilda will appoint a designated safeguarding person who is engaged in
safeguarding training on a regular basis.
In the UK this designated person is:
The Glebe, Fetlar, Shetland ZE2 9DJ
Tel: 01957 733380
In the event that further advice is required, the Safeguarding
Officer of the Anglican Diocese of Coventry (the diocese of our Anglican Episcopal Visitor, the Rt
Revd Christopher Cocksworth) may be contacted:
1 Hill Top
Tel: 024 7652 1345
Mobile: 07906 627052
This section of the policy will need to be updated when there is a change of Community or
Diocesan Safeguarding Officer.
- The Community of Aidan and Hilda's formal complaints policy, and abuse, bullying and harassment,
and whistle blowing policies can be found in the Community of Aidan and Hilda handbook.
- We commit ourselves to follow best practice in all jurisdictions outside of England.
- The safeguarding policy will be read at each AGM, formally reviewed at least three yearly and
Whistle Blowing Policy
The Community of Aidan and Hilda is committed to best practice in all areas of its life and work, and
especially to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and adults at risk and to have a culture
which enables such issues to be addressed. Members of the Community of Aidan and Hilda, staff and
volunteers working for the Community are encouraged to acknowledge their individual responsibility to
bring matters of unacceptable practice, performance or behaviour to the Guardians. Alternatively, the
Community Safeguarding Officer, the Community Episcopal Visitor, or the Safeguarding officer of the
diocese of the Episcopal Visitor can be contacted.
You can download a PDF file of these policies here.