Ledgers, Barby, Braunston, Catesby, Daventry, Hellidon, Kilsby, Staverton and
This Safeguarding Policy relates to all groups and organisations of The Daventry Team with responsibility for working with children and young people from 0-18 years of age.
follows the guidelines set out in 'Children and Young People: the Peterborough
Diocesan Child Protection Policy’, which conforms to the House of Bishop's
Child Protection Policy
Daventry Team and each PCC takes seriously its responsibility to protect and
safeguard the welfare of children and young people entrusted to its care.
of us has a responsibility to prevent the physical, sexual and emotional abuse
of children and young people. We must also report any abuse or suspected abuse
policy will be revised annually, accepted and adopted by The Team Council and
also each Parish at their individual
leaders and all who work with children and young people will be required to
work within the guidelines recommended in this policy. Each Leader must read,
know about, and undertake to observe them.
'Keep all relationships
with children and young people open, observable, readily understood and shared
with more than one responsible adult. All
work with children and young people must be well supervised and the people
doing it carefully selected, well trained and advised of their child protection
keep all children and young people, and those who work with them safe from harm.
try to ensure that every child entrusted in our care is never subjected to any
form of abuse by church members.
know the procedures to follow, in the event of any concern about a child's
welfare, or, if there are complaints/allegations of abuse made within or
without the church organisation.
1) Recruitment Procedure
leaders will be required to complete and sign the Diocesan Declaration form.
Written references and identification will be required and must be carefully
Disclosure and Barring Service enhanced check will be required. (Forms and
information obtainable from Safe guarding Officer or the Diocesan Office)
records are confidential and must be kept in a safe place. During an
interregnum, the Rural Dean is responsible for any records; the Church Wardens
will liaise with the RD in the appointment of new workers or any child
protection issues, which may arise.
2) Leader Child Ratio
(a) At least two adults
(18+) to be present with a child or group of children.
(b) Children must be
following ratio of children to leaders provides a useful guide.
0-2yrs 1 adult to 3 children
2-3yrs 1 adult to 4 children
3-8yrs 1 adult to 8 children
8-18yrs 1 adult to 10children
(d) No adult should be
expected to work with children alone)
3 Prevention - health
(a) Make sure the premises
are safe for the age of children. Furniture and equipment that may be dangerous
needs to be made secure or fenced off.
(b) A register of
attendance for each group must be kept. Including the names of leaders and
(d) A first aid kit should
be available in the church building or at the venue of the children's activity
and clearly marked.
(e) An accident/incident
report book should be kept in church or at the venue of the children's
4) Parental Consent
(a) Parental consent for a
child or young person to attend a particular activity is needed.
(b) A contact number is
required in case of emergency
parental consent is needed if children are taken off the premises.
(d) If driving a
child/children alone in a car. It is better they occupy the rear seats. Parents
must be informed of the journey and place and times of arrival and return.
Drivers should check their personal insurance policy.
(a) The well-being of the
child is paramount at all times
(b) If there is a concern
of abuse by another child within the group it must be reported immediately to
the following Leader>Team
Safeguarding Co-Ordinator>Vicar/Rector/Priest in Charge, who will take
advice from the relevant agency.
there is a complaint of abuse by a leader within the church community to one of the following>Vicar/Rector/Priest
in Charge>Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, who will advise the relevant
(d) If there is a complaint
of abuse by the vicar or a member of the clergy team
Wardens>Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser>Lead agency.
(e) If there is obvious
concern about a child's well-being, or of a child complains of abuse outside
the church organisation.>Vicar/Rector/Priest
in Charge > Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser>ad agencies.
Daventry Team will appoint a Team Safeguarding Co-ordinator and each PCC will
nominate a Parish Co-ordinator. This means that information, procedures and
training have a direct line to leaders and workers.
(g) A lead agency may be
contacted for advice in the first instance (Social Services, Police)
Parishes of the Daventry Team will make every effort, under the direction of
the Team Safeguarding Co-ordinator, to train leaders and volunteers to the
level of their responsibility. The diocese has an obligation to train clergy,
licensed workers and leaders. At least one representative will attend child
protection training and support provided by the Diocese of Peterborough.
7) Guidance for
welcome young people from other parishes and value their contribution to bell
ringing. We recognise our responsibility as bell ringers to create a safe
environment in which they are able to learn and practice the art of bell
ringing with enthusiasm and enjoyment.
(a) No adults should work
alone with children and young people.
(b) At least one adult
should be in calling distance at all times.
should be given without physical contact. Except in exceptional circumstances.
In an emergency safety overrides all else.
(d) All visiting teams must
be made aware that The Daventry Team has a child protection policy and
procedures in place. The Tower Captain should hold a copy of the policy and
make visiting teams aware of this.
(a) Any young people who
are members of the church choir must have permission to attend practice and
activities involving visits to events or festivals.
(b) There must always be at
least two adults in attendance at practice when children are present.
other issues concerning choir activities, when children are in attendance must
follow policy guidance.
9) Organisations using the Church Building/Hall
(a) Clear notices will be
displayed in church and on the notice board to state the church has a child
protection policy in place together with the name of the Parish Safeguarding
(b) The golden
rule will be displayed and a warning that only authorised leaders and
helpers will be allowed access to children's groups meeting on the church
groups will be made aware of the policy and expected to have the correct ratio
of adults to children.
(d) They should be aware of
health and safety issues in the building and their responsibilities where
children are present.
(e) Groups meeting under
the name of another organisation (i.e) Uniformed, Pre-school, Ti Chi etc must
operate within their own Child Protection/Safe from Harm Guidelines.