Every church in the mission community is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and safety of children and adults and, especially those who are vulnerable, and expects all office holders and volunteers to share this commitment. The Church of England PCCs have all adopted the House of Bishops’ ‘Promoting a Safer Church; Safeguarding Policy Statement’ (shown on the left below.) An example policy from one parish church is shown on the right below.
If you are concerned that someone you know is at risk of, or is being abused or presents a risk to others, please seek advice from a safeguarding officer (contacts below) or if necessary report the matter to the Local Authority LSCB or the police without delay.
For further Information go to the Carlisle Diocese safeguarding pages at https://www.carlislediocese.org.uk/safeguarding/
and/or the national Church of England safeguarding pages at: https://www.churchofengland.org/safeguarding/promoting-safer-church-safeguarding/
Contacts available to speak to if you have any concerns;
- Parish Safeguarding Officers: the contact details are on parish websites (where they exist) and church noticeboards
Charles works on a part-time basis checking both emails and phone calls at least daily. If he is unavailable and you believe a child be at immediate risk, you must contact Cumbria Children's Services using the 24 hour number 0333 240 1727 or the police 101 or if the danger is immediate 999
Urgent concerns about vulnerable adults should be referred to your local District Adult Social Care office (details available on the Cumbria County Council website, Copeland and Allerdale 0300 303 3589) or the Emergency Duty Team: 01228 526690 out of normal office hours.
Charles is also happy to answer other questions and provide advice relating to these issues or policies.
If there is any immediate risk or danger contact the police on 999
NSPCC for adults concerned about a child – 0808 800 5000
Childline for children and young people – 0800 1111
Action on Elder Abuse helpline – 0808 808 8141
24-hour National Domestic Violence helpline – 0808 2000 247
NAPAC offers support and advice to adult survivors of childhood abuse – 08088010331
Stop It Now helps prevent child sexual abuse – 0808 1000 900
Cruse bereavement helpline – 0808 808 1677
Family Lives provides support and advice on family issues – 0808 800 222
MACSAS for people who have been abused by church officers – 0808 801 0340
Samaritans for people struggling to cope and needing someone to talk to – 116 123
Sources of support for victims and families of abuse
The Survivors Trust – http://thesurvivorstrust.org
Safeline – www.safeline.org.uk/what-can-friends-and-family-members-do-tosupport-survivors-of-sexual-abuse
SupportLine – www.supportline.org.uk/problems/rape_sexual-assault.php
Victim Support – www.victimsupport.org.uk/crime-info/types-crime/childhood-abuse
Cumbrian SCP (was LSCB)Cumbria LSCB (Local Safeguarding Children Board) is now called the Cumbrian Safeguarding Children Partnership: website: http://www.cumbrialscb.com/
Families can visit www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents to access advice and support on how to keep children safe from sexual abuse, both online and off. Articles provide guidance on topics as diverse as: challenging harmful sexual attitudes and promoting positive behaviours; helping a child with autism negotiate life online; supporting a child who has been sexually abused; and dealing with a range of online issues such as sending nude selfies and viewing pornography. Users will find films, downloadable guides and useful links to support organisations.
Families can also use the website to access the CEOP Safety Centre (www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre) where they can report abuse and exploitation direct to CEOP.
Operation Encompass is Cumbria's procedure for the early reporting of incidents of domestic abuse to schools to enable children and young people to receive the support and nurture that they need. The incident will be reported to the Key Adult in school before 9am on a school day when a child or young person has been involved or exposed to a domestic abuse incident the previous evening.
For more information visit: https://www.operationencompass.org
Many people spend a lot of time using the internet. As a parent or carer it is worth remembering that there are some key things you can do to keep your loved ones safe online. Please read the Department of Education's recent publication on advice for parents and carers on Cyberbullying, much of it is relevant to adults too.