Safeguarding

Manchester Diocese has a special Listening Line: 0303 003 1111. This has been set up for those who have been affected either directly or indirectly by abuse in a church or cathedral setting. The helpline will be staffed by the Church’s Child Protection Advisory Service (CCPAS) – an independent safeguarding charity and is available 7 days a week. You may be asked to leave a message but will be called back. Calls will be handled sensitively and confidentially.

The Manchester Diocese Safeguarding site can be accessed here.

At the foot of the page are St John with St Mark’s Policy statements on Children, Young People and the church and on Safeguarding Adults. Our co-ordinator is Joan Wild.

Reporting a Child at Risk

Child abuse can involve physical injury, neglect, emotional or sexual abuse.

Abuse can happen to any child from any social background or ethnic group. It can involve a parent, another family member or someone else the child knows well, or it could be someone the child does not know.

If you suspect or believe a child is suffering or is likely to suffer significant harm, including any form of mistreatment or abuse, you should report your concerns.

Emergency

If a child is in immediate danger, you should contact the Emergency Services – 999 or Greater Manchester Police – 101.

Not an emergency

If there is no immediate danger, or you need advice or information, you can either telephone the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub on 0161 253 5678 (outside normal office hours 0161 253 6606) or you can contact the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000.

Childline can also be contacted on 0800 1111. They also have a very useful website:  https://www.childline.org.uk/

Abuse of an adult at risk

An ‘adult at risk’ is a person over the age of eighteen who may not be able to protect themselves against significant harm or exploitation and this may be due to age, illness or lifestyle. They may have difficulties in expressing feelings or making their wishes known, making them more susceptible to abuse.

Emergency

If an adult at risk is in immediate danger, you should contact the Emergency Services – 999 or Greater Manchester Police – 101.

Not an emergency

If there is no immediate danger, or you need advice or information, you can telephone Social Care Services:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9am – 5pm, Wednesday 10am – 5pm – 0161 253 5151
  • Out of hours – 0161 253 6606

Policy Statement on Children, Young People and the Church of St John with St Mark, Bury

This statement was approved at the APCM meeting held on: 22nd April 2018

  • As members of this church, we commit ourselves to the nurturing, protection and safekeeping of all, especially children and young people.
  • It is the responsibility of each one of us to prevent the physical, sexual and emotional abuse of children and young people and to report any abuse discovered or suspected.
  • We recognise that our work with children and young people is the responsibility of the whole Church.
  • Our church is committed to supporting, resourcing and training those who work with children and young people and to providing supervision.
  • Our church is committed to following the policy and procedures published by the Diocese.
  • The parish will adopt good practice guidelines.
  • Each worker with children and young people must undertake diocesan Safeguarding training, know the guidelines and undertake to follow them. Each shall be given a copy of the Parish’s agreed procedures and good practice guidelines.
  • As part of our commitment to children and young people, the PCC has appointed Joan Wild to be the Parish Safeguarding Co-ordinator.
  • Children and young people are an important part of our Church today.
  • They have much to give as well as to receive.
  • We will listen to them.
  • As we nurture them in worship, learning, and in community life, we will respect the wishes and feelings of children and young people.

This church appoints Joan Wild to represent the concerns and views of children and young people at our meetings and to outside bodies.

  • Incumbent: Reverend Dave Thompson
  • Churchwarden: Rosemarie Ashworth
  • Parish Safeguarding Co-ordinator: Joan Wild

Policy on the Safeguarding of Adults in St John with St Mark, Bury

This statement was approved at the APCM meeting held on: 22nd April 2018

This policy will be reviewed each year to monitor the progress which has been achieved.

  1. We recognize that everyone has different levels of vulnerability and that each of us may be regarded as vulnerable at some time in our lives.
  2. As members of this parish we commit ourselves to respectful pastoral care for all adults to whom we minister.
  3. We commit ourselves to the safeguarding of people who may be vulnerable, ensuring their well-being in the life of this church.
  4. We commit ourselves to promoting safe practice by those in positions of trust.
  5. The parish commits itself to promoting the inclusion and empowerment of people who may be vulnerable.
  6. It is the responsibility of each of us to prevent the physical, emotional, sexual, financial and spiritual abuse of vulnerable people and to report any such abuse that we discover or suspect.
  7. We undertake to exercise proper care in the appointment and selection of those who will work with people who may be vulnerable.
  8. The parish is committed to supporting, resourcing, training and regularly reviewing those who undertake work amongst people who may be vulnerable.
  9. The parish adopts the guidelines of the Church of England and the Diocese.
  10. Each person who works with vulnerable people will agree to abide by these recommendations and the guidelines established by this church.

This church appoints Joan Wild to represent the concerns and views of vulnerable people at our meetings and to outside bodies.

  • Incumbent: Reverend Dave Thompson
  • Churchwarden: Rosemarie Ashworth 
  • Parish Safeguarding Co-ordinator: Joan Wild