If you think a child or adult is in immediate danger or a crime has been committeed, you should call the police on 999.
1. If you have a safeguarding concern
If you are concerned that someone is at risk of, or is being abused, or presents a risk to others, please seek advice from the Diocese Safeguarding Manager using the contact details below.
The Winchester Diocese Safeguarding Manager
Nursling and Rownhams Parish Safeguarding Officer
023 8073 6159
If you need advice or to report a concern outside normal office hours, please ring Hampshire Social Care Out of Hours Service 0300 555 1373.
The Parish of Nursling and Rownhams is committed to providing a welcoming, respectful and safe environment for all, including children and adults who may be at risk of abuse and neglect. The care and protection of children, young people and adults involved in activities in our two churches is the responsibility of everyone who participates in the life of the parish community.
Every person has a value and dignity, which comes directly from the creation of male and female 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.
- We accept and endorse the principles of the 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).
- We commit ourselves to nurture, protect and safeguard all our members, particularly children, young people and adults at risk.
- We recognise that safeguarding is the responsibility of the whole church community.
- 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 the use of Criminal Records disclosures and making appropriate referrals to the Independent Safeguarding Authority.
- 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.
- We will challenge any abuse of power by anyone in a position of trust.
- We will seek to offer pastoral care and support to anyone who has suffered abuse, developing with them an appropriate healing ministry.
- We will seek to offer pastoral care and support, including supervision and referral to the proper authorities, to any member of our church community known to have offended against a child, young person or adult at risk.
We have appointed Gill McKay as Church Safeguarding Officer.
2. Further information
Parish Safeguarding Handbook. The first point of reference for implementing safeguarding policies and safer practice:
- The first point of reference for implementing safeguarding policies and safer practice is the Parish Safeguarding Handbook
- Diocese of Winchester safeguarding webpages.
- Diocese of Winchester also have helpful safeguarding resources
- There are some quick and useful guide, including helplines in this safeguarding aide memoire
- Promoting a safer church – Safeguarding policy statement for children, young people and adults
- A Safer Church – the Church of England’s web pages
3. Our safeguarding policies and statements