The Church of England is called to share the good news of God’s salvation through Jesus Christ. The life of our communities and institutions is integral to how we address this task. The good news speaks of welcome for all, with a particular regard for those who are most vulnerable, into a community where the value and dignity of every human being is affirmed and those in positions of responsibility and authority are truly trustworthy. Being faithful to our call to share the gospel therefore compels us to take with the utmost seriousness the challenge of preventing abuse from happening and responding well where it has.
From ‘Promoting a Safer Church’, The Church of England’s Safeguarding Policy Statement. The PCC of the Church of the Good Shepherd is committed to safeguarding all those we work with. As such we have adopted, and follow, these Diocese of Rochester Policies:
For safeguarding children: PDF DOCUMENT
For safeguarding vulnerable adults: PDF DOCUMENT
Also anti-bullying and harrassment: PDF DOCUMENT
The Parish Safeguarding Officer: Carole Simpson: 01732 8830737
Diocesan Safeguarding Team: 01634 560000
Local Authority Social Services: 03000 41 11 11 (children) 03000 41 61 61 (adults)