SAFEGUARDING

At St Martin’s, we are committed to the safety and well-being of everyone who is in or visits our church community. If you or someone you know feels unsafe, the following contact information may be useful to you:

 

  • Parish Safeguarding Officer: 
    Mr Malcolm McMurray

  • Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser: 
    Hilary Higton
    07495 060 869

 

Following recent changes to the law and the criminal records system, the Parochical Church Council for the Parish of St Martin with St Peter has prepared a new child protection policy, with accompanying procedures.  These were discussed and agreed unanimously by the PCC in May 2013 and updated in January 2020. The policy will be reviewed by the PCC annually.

See below:

SAFEGUARDING POLICY

SAFEGUARDING PROCEDURES 

 

A set of hard copies is also on display on the noticeboard at the back of St Martin's Church and another set is kept in the Parish Office.

 

The policies refer to two Church of England reports, which highlight good practice in safeguarding within a church context: Protecting All God’s Children (concerning child protection) and Promoting a Safer Church (concerning vulnerable adults).  

 

The Diocese of Worcester’s child protection policy and accompanying documents are available: here

 

In May 2013, the PCC also agreed to the appointment of Mrs Sheila Treacher as Parish Safeguarding Officer.  Sheila is responsible for overseeing Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks, and for the functions described in the policies and procedures.