Statement Of Safeguarding Principles


Every person has a value and dignity which comes directly from the creation of male and female in God's own image and likeness. Christians see this potential as fulfilled by God's re-creation of us in Christ. Among other things this implies a duty to value all people as bearing the image of God and therefore to protect them from harm.

Principles

We are committed to:

  • the care and nurture of, and respectful pastoral ministry with, all children, young people and adults;
  • the safeguarding and protection of all children, young people and adults when they are vulnerable;
  • the establishing of safe, caring communities which provide a loving environment where there is informed vigilance as to the dangers of abuse.
We will carefully select and train all those with any responsibility within the Church, in line with Safer Recruitment principles, including the use of criminal records disclosures and registration with the relevant vetting and barring schemes.

We will seek to:
  • work with anyone who has suffered abuse, developing with them an appropriate ministry of informed pastoral care;
  • challenge any abuse of power, especially by anyone in a position of trust;
  • offer pastoral care and support, including supervision and referral to the proper authorities, to any member of our church community known to have offended against a child, young person or vulnerable adult.
In all these principles we will follow legislation, guidance and recognised good practice.Since we are an Eumenical Church this statement of principles is based on those recomended by the Methodist Church of Great Britain and the Church of England

Our Safeguarding officers can be contacted by email:  Click here

More information on the Methodist Church and the Church of England's National Safeguarding can be found here:
www.methodist.org.uk/ and www.churchofengland.org

More information about Safeguarding in the Beds, Essex & Herts Methodist District and the Diocese of St. Albans can be found on their websites:
www.behdistrict.org.uk and www.stalbans.anglican.org