Promoting a Safer Church
‘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
St Paul's PCC (Parochial Church Council) has adopted and is committed to the House of Bishops Safeguarding Policy 'Promoting a Safer Church'
'‘Safeguarding’ means the action the Church takes to promote a safer culture in all our churches.'
(Parish Safeguarding Handbook, House of Bishops, Church of England, 2019)
St Paul's, Marylebone PCC (Parochial Church Council) has adopted the House of Bishops Safeguarding Policy 'Promoting a Safer Church' and is committed to undertake to:
Promote the welfare of children, young people and adults.
Work to prevent abuse from occurring.
Seek to protect those who are at risk of being abused and respond well to those who have been abused.
Take care to identify where a person may present a risk to others, and offer support to them whilst taking steps to mitigate such risks.
Take appropriate steps to maintain a safer environment for all.
'In order to do this we must be obedient to Christ who placed a child in the midst of his disciples and encourages us all to be childlike in our faith (Matthew 18.1-5). So we must practise fully and positively a ministry to all children, young people and adults, and respond sensitively and compassionately to their needs in order to help keep them safe from harm'. (Parish Safeguarding Handbook, House of Bishops, Church of England, 2019)
St Paul's have an appointed Parish Safeguarding Officer and Children's Champion. The clergy team at St Paul's have completed the required Safeguarding Training, and the PCC and Churchwardens are completing the recommended Safeguarding training.
Further details about Safeguarding and the House of Bishops Safeguarding Policy can be found here:
Theological reflection on 'Forgiveness and Reconciliation in the Aftermath of Abuse' (The Faith and Order Commission, 2017) and 'The Gospel, Sexual Abuse and the Church: A theological resource for the local church' (The Faith and Order Commission of the Church of England, 2016) can be found here: