At Aldridge Parish Church we believe that under God we have a responsibility to make the church the safest place it can be for children, young people and adults and to safeguard everyone entrusted to our care.
The Leadership of Aldridge Parish Church recognises the importance of its ministry and work with children and young people and adults at risk and its responsibility to protect them from harm, exploitation and abuse and to protect their rights. We recognise that everyone has different levels of vulnerability that each of us may be regarded as vulnerable at some time in our lives.
Click here for the APC Safeguarding Policy Summary and How to Respond to Safeguarding Concerns
This takes account of guidance from the Churches Child Protection Advisory Service and from the Church of England. A full version can be obtained from the Church Office.
Click here for information on How to Respond to Safeguarding Concerns
Responding to concerns, disclosures or allegations of abuse: RECOGNISE, RESPOND, RECORD, REPORT
Our Policy and Practice is based on the model guidance provided by the Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service (CCPAS). Our Policy is registered with CCPAS who also supervise our Disclosure and Barring Service checks on all people who wish to work with children, young people or vulnerable adults. We are also advised by the Diocese of Lichfield.
The Designated Safeguarding Officers are:
Lynne Trew 07939 658194
Helen Gilbert 07786 515557
They will be happy to discuss with you our church policy and procedures for safeguarding children, young people or adults who may be at risk.
The Church Warden with oversight for Safeguarding is:
Janet Lee 07849 663609
Any concerns regarding the welfare or safety of any child, young person or adult at risk must be reported to one of the Safeguarding Officers who are nominated by the Church Council to act on its behalf.
Under no circumstances should a church worker or volunteer carry out an investigation into suspicions or allegations of abuse.
All those who volunteer to work with children, young people or adults at risk will be subject to our Safer Recruitment Process and will be required to undergo Safeguarding Training at least every three years.
Lichfield Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser: Neil Spiring 01543 306030
Lichfield Diocesan Adviser for Safeguarding Children: Kim Hodgkins 01543 306030
Walsall Children’s Services: 01922 658170/ 0300 555 2866
Walsall Adult Services: 01922 653555/ 0300 555 2922
CCPAS Helpline: 0845 120 4550
Mental Health Crisis Team: 01922 607777