Safeguarding

The Church of the Good Shepherd's PCC takes its responsibilities for the protection of those who are vulnerable very seriously. To that end, since 2006 the Church has adopted, and annually reviews, an approved Policy Statement for the Protection of Children, and agreed in 2013 a Policy for the Protection of Vulnerable Adults and also one on the Recruitment of Ex-Offenders. Copies of the Child Protection Statement, signed by our Priest and Churchwardens, can be found on the notice boards in the church porch and church hall, and an undated version of it can also be accessed by clicking here.

In line with national and diocesan guidelines, people who have unsupervised access to children and vulnerable adults through activities for which the Church is responsible, and those who are in positions of authority in the Parish, have been checked either through the old Criminal Records Bureau system, or through the new Disclosure and Barring Service. Our Parish is registered with the CCPAS Disclosure Service.   As those checked under the old system come to the end of the required five year review period, they will be re-checked under the new system, and we have procedures and records in place to ensure this happens.

The Parish is committed to following best practice guidelines on protecting children and to this end our key personnel ensure they are up to date through training and access to national and diocesan guidance.     The Chichester Diocese guidance can be found by following this link  

If you have any concerns about safeguarding vulnerable people or if you want to discuss matters, emotions or memories that the subject has raised for you, please feel free to call our Safeguarding Officer, Derek Hansen, who can be reached on 01273 462602.

Please note that whilst the strictest confidence will be maintained to protect the innocent and vulnerable, you must be aware that if issues are raised or truths divulged that lead to a legal obligation to inform other authorities, this action will be taken.