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.

  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. We recognise that safeguarding is the responsibility of the whole Community.
  4. 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).
  5. 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.
  6. We will challenge any abuse of power by anyone in a position of trust.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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:

    Ruth Booth
    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:

    Carol Clarke
    1 Hill Top
    Coventry  CV1 5AB
    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.
  11. 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.
  12. We commit ourselves to follow best practice in all jurisdictions outside of England.
  13. The safeguarding policy will be read at each AGM, formally reviewed at least three yearly and re-adopted annually.

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.