Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults

Protecting the vulnerable, whether adults or children, is a responsibility we take seriously.

We believe the Church should be a safe haven for all.

If, however, you have any concerns please contact our Safeguarding Officer:

Claire Akrill (contact number 01603 482360 / 07761440924)

Also, the Bishop’s advisor for safeguarding, and other useful contacts, can be found Here

Child Protection and Vulnerable Adult Policy Statement

In accordance with the Church of England Safeguarding Policy our church 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 Parish will:

  • Create a safe and caring place for all.
  • Have a named Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO) to work with the incumbent and the PCC 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.
  • Ensure that there is appropriate insurance cover for all activities involving children and adults undertaken in the name of the parish.
  • Display in church premises and on the Parish 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, including notifying the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA) and statutory agencies immediately.
  • 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.
  • Ensure that health and safety policy, procedures and risk assessments are in place and that these are reviewed annually.
  • Review the implementation of the Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and Practices at least annually.
  • As part of our commitment to children, young people and vulnerable adults, the church has appointed Claire Akrill to be the Named Person (contact number 01603 482360 / 07761440924). This role will be regularly explained to children. She is responsible for ensuring all church workers have the necessary Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly CRB) clearance and complete a self-declaration form tri-annually.

Each person who works within this church community will agree to abide by this policy and the guidelines established by this church.

Revised 2019, and agreed by the Sprowston Parochial Church Council on 28th April 2019