Charlecote Quiet Garden Safeguarding Policy

As part of the Christian Church living in the spirit of the Gospel, at Charlecote Quiet Garden we are committed to protect and care for everyone who visits or is associated with our work, especially children, young people and adults at risk.

We are 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.

In order to do this we will:

  • Carefully select, support and train all those with any responsibility within Charlecote Quiet Garden, in line with the Church of England’s Practice Guidance for Safer Recruitment.
  • Only allow children to visit Charlecote Quiet Garden when accompanied by a supervising adult.
  • Where practically possible, we will not work alone when welcoming to Charlecote Quiet Garden groups of people who are entirely unknown to us.
  • We will never work alone when hosting individuals who are unknown to us.
  • Respond without delay to every complaint made that a child or adult visiting Charlecote Quiet Garden may have been harmed or is in significant danger, cooperating with the police and statutory agencies in any investigation.
  • Maintain good record keeping of any incidents or conversations that raise concerns.
  • Maintain a guest book of visitors to the Quiet Garden.
  • Make available safeguarding information and have available contact details for local social care services and emergency services.
  • Seek to offer informed pastoral care and support to anyone who has suffered abuse, recognising the importance of understanding the needs of those who have been abused, including their feelings of alienation and/or isolation.
  • Seek to protect survivors of abuse from the possibility of further harm and abuse.
  • Seek to challenge any abuse of power, especially by anyone in a position of respect and responsibility at Charlecote Quiet Garden, where they are trusted by others.

We will review this policy annually checking that all our safeguarding procedures are up to date.

Safeguarding Contacts

The nominated Quiet Garden Safeguarding Representative is Revd Rachel Saum and she can be contacted on 07815 793625.

The PCC of St Leonard’s Charlecote, under whose auspices Charlecote Quiet Garden exists, have adopted the ‘Promoting a Safer Church’ policy of the Church of England.

If you have any safeguarding concerns, please contact:

  • The Safeguarding Lead on Charlecote PCC, Mrs Erica Fairfax-Lucy. She can be contacted on 01789 840175
    or
  • The Coventry Diocesan Safeguarding Team on 02476 521345

For more information about Safeguarding please contact the Safeguarding Representative or see www.dioceseofcoventry.org/safeguarding

Policy updated: June 2019
Review Date: December 2019