Parish of Swaledale with Arkengarthdale

01748 884706

Parish of Swaledale with Arkengarthdale

Safeguarding Policy

The following policy was agreed at the Parochial Church Council (PCC) meeting held on Wednesday 6 March 2019

In accordance with the Church of England Safeguarding Policy our church 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 Parish 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 parish.
  • Display in church premises and on the Parish 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 this church.

This parish appoints Sheila Good and Jim Gleave as the Parish Safeguarding Officers

Signed by the Incumbent and Churchwardens at the meeting.

Safeguarding Contact Details - updated June 2021

Incumbent Rev Caroline Hewlett 01748 884706

Susan Allison - 01748 884366
Paul Roger - 01748 884620

Low Row
Andrew & Elizabeth Bedford - 01748 886974

Chris Watts - 01748 886202
Adrienne Cox - 01748 886910

Gladys Atkinson - 01748 884550

Parish Safeguarding Officers

Jane Beaumont - 07980770934
Jim Gleave (Marrick Priory) - 01748 884434

Other sources of help

Childline 0800 1111

NSPCC Helpline for adults concerned about a child 0808 800 5000

Farming Community Network Helpline 03000 111 999

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser - Ripon Area

Narinder Lyon 0113 3530 256 07872 005309

Local Authority Contact Details – North Yorkshire

Children and Adult Services: 01609 780780