The Diocese of Manchester, and the people in its parish churches, work hard to safeguard children and young people, vulnerable adults and those in abusive relationships. We aim to create safe environments, where children and young people are nurtured and protected; and where all people, and especially those who may be vulnerable for any reason, are able to worship and pursue their faith journey with encouragement and in safety.
We follow the national legal and procedural framework for safeguarding children and vulnerable adults, and Church of England policy and practice.
We act promptly on any complaints made, and work in close partnership with police and social care services where children or vulnerable adults have been harmed or are at risk of harm or mistreatment.
We provide safe recruitment, training and support to our voluntary and paid workers with children and vulnerable adults.
We care for those who have been abused in the past, and minister appropriately to those who have abused.
Our Handbook of Policy and Procedures (2016) is designed to promote best practice within our church community. It is the commitment of everyone to ensure that children and adults at risk are protected, and that all concerns are reported to the designated safeguarding officer, who in turn will report all allegations or suspicions of abuse to the relevant statutory authorities with safeguarding responsibility.
NB: This is an interim policyto be reviewed at Diocesan Syndon in October 2016.
A range of useful Word Templates can be found in the Clergy & Parish Handbook in the Safeguarding section.
If you have a concern and need to make contact about a safeguarding issue, please contact Abbey Clephane-Wilson, Safeguarding Officer, on 0161 828 1451 / 07436 589606 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you need to make urgent contact outside of office hours contact the Church’s Child Protection Advisory Service (CCPAS) on 0845 120 4550.
Listening line 0845 120 4553. This is a special helpline that 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.