Safeguarding

Safeguarding - Promoting a Safer Environment

The care and protection of children, young people and adults involved in our activities is the responsibilityof everyone.

If you are concerned that someone is at risk of, or is being abused, or presents a risk to others, please seek advice from a Safeguarding Adviser or if necessary report the matter to the Local Authority Social Care Services or the Police without delay.

Local contacts available to speak to if you have any concerns:

Cross-Links Safeguarding Officer:

Nigel Collins - 07835 078024 or nigel@crosslinksdover.org.uk

Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers:

Fiona Coombs - 07548 232395 - fcoombs@diocant.org

Paul Brightwell - 07398 009951 - pbrightwell@diocant.org

Kent County Council Social Services

  030 00 41 41 41 (Main)

  030 00 41 61 61 (Adults)

  030 00 41 11 11 (Children)

HELPLINES:

NSPCC: 0808 800 5000

Childline: 0800 11 11

Samaritans: 116 123

Family Lives: 0808 800 2233

National Domestic Violence: 0808 2000 247

Action on Elder Abuse: 0808 808 8141

IF THERE IS IMMEDIATE RISK OR DANGER PLEASE CONTACT THE POLICE ON 999

Safeguarding Policy

The Cross-Links Dover Board of Trustees has adopted the safeguarding practice of the Church of England[1], as an organisation in relationship with the Diocese of Canterbury[2].  In accordance with the Church of England Safeguarding Policy Cross-Links Dover 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.
  • 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.

Cross-Links Dover will:

  • Create a safe and caring place for all.
  • Have a named Safeguarding Officer[3] to work with the trustees 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 Cross-Links Dover.
  • Display the details of who to contact if there are safeguarding concerns or support needs (also to be displayed on the website).
  • 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.
  • 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.

All staff and volunteers will agree to abide by this policy and the guidelines established by Cross-Links Dover.

The trustees appoint Nigel Collins as the Safeguarding Officer.

This Policy was adopted on 10th April 2019 and is subject to annual review.

 

[3] also referred to as the Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO) in Church of England guidance.

 


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