Safeguarding

Action to be taken in the event of a potential issue

The welfare of children or adults at risk of abuse is of paramount importance.  Please be aware of our Safeguarding Policy and especially, the action you should take in the event of suspicion or evidence of abuse.  We urge anyone wishing to give information or make disclosures of church-related abuse to immediately take the following action:

  1. If there is concern that a child or vulnerable adult is at risk of harm, inform the Parish Safeguarding Officer or Incumbent who will take advice from the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA) or Local Authority Social Care. If the incumbent is implicated, inform the DSA.
  2. If there is concern that a child or vulnerable adult has been harmed, immediately inform the Parish Safeguarding Officer or Assistant or Incumbent or DSA and agree who will make the referral to Local Authority Social Care team.  If no-one is available, contact the Local Authority Social Care Team or Police directly.

Important contacts:

Rev Melvyn Pereira, Vicar, (01933 673437 or 07955 600613)

Rev Ali Middleton, Pioneer Curate, (07891 608612)

Parish Safeguarding Officer – vacant

Assistant Parish Safeguarding Officer – Alex Benoy (01933 222002)

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser – Beverly Huff, 01733 887027 bev.huff@peterborough-diocese.org.uk

Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser – Samantha Jackson, 01733 887027

samantha.jackson@peterborough-diocese.org.uk

 

The Diocese of Peterborough has also appointed an independent advocate to provide the lead for survivor care, support and engagement. If anyone wishes to contact her, please contact the DSA team as above.  We recognise that this option may not feel safe for those with a lived experience of abuse from within the Church.  A dedicated telephone helpline, operating independently from the Church, has therefore been set up for those affected by issues which may arise as a result of a past experience.  The number is 0800 80 20 20 – ‘Past Cases Review 2 NSPCC Helpline for Children and Adults’.

Safeguarding is a priority at Gleneagles Anglican church. We are committed to following government and Church of England guidelines on the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults and good working practice, including safer recruitment of volunteers and paid workers. 

We work to a formal safeguarding policy and procedure.

You can download a copy of the safeguarding policy and procedure in Word format here.

 

The position of the Parish Safeguarding Officer is currently vacant

If you have any concerns regarding the safety or welfare of a child or vulnerable adult you can speak to

The Diocesan Safeguarding Officer.

(Tel: 01733 887000)

who has been appointed by the Peterborough Diocese and Gleneagles Anglican Church PCC to respond to any safeguarding concerns.

Rev. Melvyn Pereira

Vicar of Gleneagles

 

Other Resources:

Childline

(for children)

0800 1111

Stop it Now

0808 1000 900

NSPCC

0808 800 5000

MindinfoLine

0300 123 3393

Action on Elder Abuse

0808 8088141

Kidscape

0845 120 5204

Through the Roof

01732 737041