Keeping vulnerable adults and children safe
We are committed to Safeguarding children and young people and vulnerable adults.
The PCC's of the Benefice have adopted the Church of England's policies and best practice on safeguarding which may be found on the Church of England's website here.
Our Benefice Safeguarding Lead is Jane McGuinness, who can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find more information about the Diocese of York's commitment to safeguarding here.
If you believe that a child, young person, or adult is in immediate danger please call 999 as a matter of urgency and ask for the police. You do not need to have the permission of the person concerned to do this, as their welfare could be potentially at risk.
In accordance with the Church of England Safeguarding Policy the Tadcaster Benefice is committed to:
Promoting a safer environment and culture.
Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children, young people and vulnerable adults within the church.
Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation.
Caring pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse and other affected persons.
Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns or allegations of abuse and other affected persons.
Responding to those that may pose a present risk to others.
The Benefice will: Create a safe and caring place for all.
Have a named Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO) to work with the incumbent and the PCC to implement policy and procedures.
Safely recruit, train and support all those with any responsibility for children, young people and adults to have the confidence and skills to recognise and respond to abuse.
Ensure that there is appropriate insurance cover for all activities involving children and adults undertaken in the name of the Benefice.
Display in church premises and on the Benefice website the details of who to contact if there are safeguarding concerns or support needs.
Listen to and take seriously all those who disclose abuse.
Take steps to protect children and adults when a safeguarding concern of any kind arises, following House of Bishops guidance, including notifying the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA) and statutory agencies immediately.
Offer support to victims/survivors of abuse regardless of the type of abuse, when or where it occurred.
Care for and monitor any member of the church community who may pose a risk to children and adults whilst maintaining appropriate confidentiality and the safety of all parties.
Ensure that health and safety policy, procedures and risk assessments are in place and that these are reviewed annually.
Review the implementation of the Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and Practices at least annually.
Each person who works within this church community will agree to abide by this policy and the guidelines established by their individual churches.