Safeguarding Policy

St John The Baptist Church Bere Regis' Safeguarding Policy is updated regularly by the PCC 
St John’s Church acknowledges that there is a responsibility to protect and keep safe the children and vulnerable adults who attend the Church.  
And any other events that are arranged by the Church, that involve vulnerable adults and children.
This document is to establish clear guidelines and procedures within the organisation.  In order to review and monitor the effectiveness and to be responsible for implementing the content of the Vulnerable Adult and Children’s Policy, St John’s Church will elect a Child /Adult Protection Team.  Those persons are:
Joanna Syrett and the PCC
Defining Abuse
St John’s Church adopts the overall definition of abuse that is defined by Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole Social Services that states …
Abuse is when someone does something to another person, which damages their quality of life or puts them at risk of harm. Abuse can be a criminal act when it is an offence against another person. It can happen once or repeatedly. It may be deliberate or caused by ignorance.
Who might be at risk of  abuse?
Adults 18 years and over. Some adults will be more at risk than others they include:-
People who depend on others for their care, including older people 
People with either mental health problems, learning disabilities or both.
People with sight or hearing loss.
People with Dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease.
People who suffer from substance misuse, alcohol or drug misuse.
People with long term health or mental health needs.
Abuse can take many forms and may include 
Physical abuse
Being hit or injured on purpose or restraining someone inappropriately 
Sexual abuse
Involvement in a sexual activity, which is either unwanted or not understood.
Unwanted sexual attention.
Neglect/ Deprivation 
Not providing food, clothing, attention or care, withholding aids or equipment (continence, walking, hearing, glasses) putting someone at risk of infection. Failure to provide access to appropriate health of social care. 
Emotional abuse
Intimidation, threats, humiliation, extortion, racial, verbal or psychological abuse.
Blackmail, coercion, harassment. 
Imposed Isolation /confinement
Being refused the company of others either at home or outside and sensory deprivation.
Misuse of Medication 
Inappropriately giving medication, overdosing or withholding it.
The theft or misuse of money, property or personal possessions, pressure about wills, property or inheritance.
Treating vulnerable adults less favourably than others based on their illness, disability, age, gender, language, religion, national origin, or sexual orientation. This includes other forms of harassment, ill treatment or victimisation. Self inflicted injury may be a sign that abuse is taking place, because the person has become disturbed.
Statement of Intent 
St John’s Church believes that every person regardless of age, gender, race, culture or disability, has the right to be in a caring and safe environment.  The team is committed to protecting the vulnerable adults that attend the groups from abuse, and strive to be vigilant of any signs of abuse that may have occurred at another location or in the vulnerable adult’s home.  The team will follow the procedures set out in this document, recording and reporting abuse and arranging support for the victims of abuse.
Policy Procedure
St John’s Church will endeavour to protect vulnerable adults that attend the group and events arranged by the Team by:
Joanna Syrett
Police Checking all Volunteers that have direct 
contact with Vulnerable Adults
The Child/Adult Protection Team will be responsible for ensuring that Disclosure and Barring  Checks are completed on all volunteers working in direct contact with Vulnerable Adults .  This will include:
Member of the Church.
All Drivers who do voluntary transport.
Any Volunteer who takes a client to the toilet. 
If a volunteer can produce a copy of a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) which has been done within the last 5 years, St John’s Church will have no need to duplicate the check.
Payment for Checks
 St John’s Church will pay for volunteers to be checked the vulnerable adult section.
Obtaining Proof of Identity
The elected St John’s Church Child/Adult Protection Team will be responsible for obtaining the required proof of a volunteers identity, and will arrange a meeting with volunteers to assist them in filling in the disclosure application forms for DBS checks.
Processing the Applications
This will be carried out by the safeguarding team at Salisbury on behalf of the Church. The MDSL will act as an umbrella body to allow us access to DBS information. The MDSL will act in accordance with DBS guidelines when handling disclosures.
Handling of Disclosures from the CRB
The handling of disclosures will be in strict accordance with the guidelines set out by the DBS and in accordance with the Fair Treatment of ex Offenders and Rehabilitation of ex offender’s act 1974. The team are aware that unauthorised disclosure is an offence under section 124.
The Church elected Child/Adult Protection Team will be authorised to handle the disclosures.
They will then be able to act in the best interest of the vulnerable Adults attending the groups when appointing and approving volunteers.  Any person with a criminal record relating to offences against venerable adults or anything that is considered to be a risk to the clients will not be permitted to be a volunteer at the Church. All papers relating to DBS checks will be held in a secure file and destroyed when a volunteer leaves the project.
Protecting Vulnerable Adult and Volunteers
 It is important that all volunteers carry out the codes of practice, as this will not only protect vulnerable adults from being abused, but also protect volunteers against false allegations.
What you should do if someone tells you they are being abused.
Stay calm and listen to them
Take everything that you are being told seriously
Offer support to help them stop the abuse happening
Be aware that medical or other evidence might be needed
Make a written note of what you have been told to assist with making the report  
Advise the named persons below who will report the incident.
All volunteers have a duty to be vigilant and to report signs of any form of abuse to 
Joanna Syrett 
Do not
Press the person for more details 
Assume that someone else is aware of the situation and will be helping
Never contact the abuser
Promise to keep it a secret
Be afraid to contact the social services or the Police
If you are the person who is being abused 
Contact the Social Services or the Police
Or ask someone you trust to contact them for you
What should you do if you suspect or have seen someone being abused?
If it is during a Church service or event tell one of the Child/Adult Protection Team or contact Social Services during normal office hours Purbeck Social Services 01929 553456
                                                          Or out of hours 01202 668123 
Reporting abuse to the authorities
If there is any reason to suspect adult abuse the volunteer must report to Joanna Syrett. In her absence report to another member of the Church Child/Adult Protection Team. The information must be recorded in the format used in the Incident Report form found in the group’s file box.
Health and Safety
The Church are aware that health and safety is an important issue, and projects will have a risk assessment carried out by the Child/ Adult Protection Team where necessary. 
First Aid
The Church will arrange regular first aid refresher courses for volunteers and review the contents of the first aid kit.
The Church will carry out regular inspection of exits, and request reports from the hall management on recent fire inspections by the fire service. Endeavours will be made to train volunteers, clients and children of Fire drills and procedures.
The Church will respect people’s confidentiality when handling registration forms detailing personal information. This will be held secure with only vetted Team Leaders having access. No information will ever be given to another organisation or company etc. Volunteers are expected to handle any issues concerning vulnerable adult protection with total discretion, and only inform the designated people. All disclosures from the DBS will be handled as defined in this policy and in accordance with the law.
Reviewing and Monitoring this Policy
The Church Child /Adult Protection Team will regularly at the PCC meeting to review and monitor all aspects of the Church Vulnerable Adult Protection Policy. 
This will include regular reviews of Vetting Procedure, Risk Assessment, First Aid and Fire training.  Reviewing the training needs and awareness of volunteers on Child / Adult Protection encouraging and supervising good practice at all times.
Safeguarding Procedures 
Please ensure that there are always 2 adults present when giving lifts to children and young people to and from Church services and events.  
If children and young people are at Church services without their parents or guardians an adult must be allocated to oversee them during their time in Church and to ensure the leave with a responsible adult.
Un accompanied children must not go to the toilet alone and 2 adults should go with them.

Bere Regis Safeguarding Representative is:  Mrs Joanna Syrett on 01929 472037