Church Policies & Safeguarding

Please find here the pdf files of our various church policies, which the PCC have approved and adopted for our church, as well as our full Safeguarding Policy tenets below. 

Child Protection Policy 2018/2019

Adult Protection Policy 2018/2019

Drugs Protection Policy 2018/2019

Equal Opportunities and Diversity Policy 2018/2019

Legacy Policy 2018/2019

Data Protection Policy 2018/2019

St Mary's Safeguarding Officers are: Reader Chris Barnsley (M:07977 756 188) as Parish Safeguarding Officer (with responsibility as Co-ordinator for Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults; Thelma Sharpe (M:07707 814 280) as Co-ordinator for Safeguarding of Children and Young People), and Jovan Marcetic (0121 354 9499) as Domestic Violence Contact.

The Bishop's Safeguarding Adviser may also be contacted on M:07342 993 844 or E:stephh@cofebirmingham.com 

If you have any questions about this information, please contact the Church Office. T: 0121 382 3585, E:admin@stmarysb24.org. 

We are open Mondays and Thursdays, only, from 9.30 - 1 pm, and will reply at that time.

St Mary The Virgin, Pype Hayes - Safeguarding Policy

Policy Summary

As a church family we believe that each person is created in God’s own image and likeness and is, therefore, to be valued, respected and protected from harm.

The PCC of St Mary the Virgin, Pype Hayes, is committed to the safeguarding principles adopted by the House of Bishops and Birmingham Diocese and have appointed Safeguarding leads and adopted Safeguarding policies, in line with Church of England requirements,

Our PCC members are each aware of their own responsibility for the implementation of safeguarding policies and training, and for ensuring that all team leaders provide appropriate guidelines and training opportunities for everyone in our church community who works with children, young people and vulnerable adults.

We are committed to:

The care, nurture of, and respectful pastoral ministry with, all children and adults.

The safeguarding and protection of all children and young people at all times and adults when they are vulnerable.

The establishing of a safe, caring community which provides a loving environment where there is a culture of ‘informed vigilance’ as to the dangers of abuse.

Our Parish Safeguarding Officer, Chris Barnsley, (Reader and with responsibility as Co-ordinator for Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults), holds a current C3 Certificate, (05.09.17), renewable every 3 years, and attends (C5) the PSC Annual Safeguarding Resourcing Day (09.02.19)

Our pastoral team members, together with others who are involved in working with children, young people and vulnerable adults are DBS checked in accordance with the safeguarding requirements appropriate to their roles. DBS checks are renewed every 5 years. This is monitored by our Lead Parish Identity Verifier, Franci Ball, supported by our PSO.

We aim to ensure that those who work with children and vulnerable adults have adequate training in safeguarding, starting with risk assessment for their particular activity, to know:

(i) how to avoid putting themselves and /or those in their care into potential safeguarding situations (ii) how to respond correctly in a situation where a child or young person is considered to be at risk through abuse or neglect.

The Safeguarding Training of individual church members, appropriate to their role, is also recorded and monitored by our LPIV, Franci Ball, supported by our PSO.

We will respond to every complaint made which suggests that an adult, child or young person may have been harmed, co-operating with statutory agencies as appropriate in any investigation.

Policy details

  • We commit to providing a safe physical environment for work with children, young people and adults
  • We recognise that everyone has different levels of vulnerability and that each of us may be regarded as vulnerable at some time in our lives.
  • As members of this parish we commit ourselves to respectful pastoral care for all adults to whom we minister.
  • We commit ourselves to the safeguarding of people who may be vulnerable, ensuring their well-being in the life of this church.
  • We commit ourselves to promoting safe practice by those in positions of trust.
  • The parish commits itself to promoting the inclusion and empowerment of people who are / may be vulnerable.
  • We commit to informing the whole church community about our safeguarding policy and procedures and recognise that it is the responsibility of each of us to prevent and report abuse that we discover or suspect.
  • We will ensure that the children, young people and adults in our care know who they can talk to if they have any concerns.
  • We recognise our responsibility to always respond to and report abuse in whatever context, inside or outside the church environment and will always listen to and take seriously any child, young person or adult who reports that they have been abused.
  • We will always report allegations of abuse and concerns about a child, young person or an adult who is experiencing or at risk of abuse, due to their illness or disability, in accordance with our procedures.
  • We will always report allegations of abuse against Church Officers* to the appropriate statutory agency and to the Bishop’s Safeguarding Adviser and co-operate with any investigation.
  • We will keep all records in relation to safeguarding concerns, allegations and the recruitment of volunteers and paid workers securely.
  • We commit to the safe recruitment of all new and current Church Officers* who have contact with children, young people and adults experiencing, or at risk of, abuse due to their illness or disability.
  • We will assess all new and current church officer* roles and, in every case where the role is deemed to be eligible, apply for an appropriate level, criminal record check every five years.
  • We commit to providing every Church Officer* with clear instructions and information in respect of their role, adequate resources and support and regular opportunities for review.
  • We will ensure that all Church Officers* working with children, young people and adults experiencing or at risk of abuse due to their age, illness or disability, or are in a trusted role attend Church of England Safeguarding training every three years.
  • We will inform the Bishop’s Safeguarding Adviser, and ensure appropriate supervision, of anyone who is known to have offended against a child, young person or an adult at risk of abuse due to their age, illness or disability who attends activities organised by St Mary’s Parish Church Council and will follow all recommendations of the Bishop’s Safeguarding Adviser in this regard.
  • We require all hirers of our premises (except private functions) to have their own safeguarding policy and procedures, to provide us with an assurance that these are implemented and to provide us with a copy.
  • The parish adopts the policy and practice guidance of the House of Bishops, Church of England and the Church of England-Birmingham.
  • The policy will be reviewed each year to monitor the progress that has been made.
  • We will review our Safeguarding policy annually to ensure that it meets all current legislation, House of Bishops and the Church of England – Birmingham policies and practice guidance.
  • Each person who works with vulnerable people will agree to abide by these recommendations and the guidelines established by this church.