The United Benefice of St. John the Evangelist, Birkby & Christ Church, Woodhouse
Almost ‘back to normal’
ST JOHN THE EVANGELIST
If a child or adult is at immediate risk of significant harm, in the first instance you should always contact your local social services team or local police (call 101).
You must then inform the Parish Safeguarding Officer or a member of the team. If you are unable to make contact you should telephone the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA) or the Archdeacon – See listing below.
The Safeguarding Policy adopted by the Parochial Church Council and its associated guidelines are intended to protect children and vulnerable adults in the church and community. By ‘safeguarding’ we mean the welfare of all children, young people and vulnerable adults whilst they are visiting, volunteering or working for the church.
Children are assumed to be persons under the age of 18 as defined by the Children Act 1989. A ‘vulnerable adult’ is defined as a person aged 18 or over whose ability to protect himself or herself from violence, abuse, neglect or exploitation is significantly impaired through physical or mental disability or illness, old age, emotional fragility or distress, or otherwise; and for that purpose, the reference to being impaired is to being temporarily or indefinitely impaired. This definition is from Section 6 of the Safeguarding and Clergy Discipline Measure 2016. An adult can become vulnerable at any time.
Our policy embodies the principles enshrined in the Church of England House of Bishops’ Safeguarding policy statement for children, young people and adults: ‘Promoting a Safer Church’ (2017).
Benefice Safeguarding Officer, Adviser and Lead
Tel: 07766 196923
Parish Safeguarding Officer
Safeguarding Officer St. John’s
Safeguarding Representative St. John’s & ASPIRE
Safeguarding Representative Christ Church, Woodhouse
Diocesan Safeguarding Officers – Huddersfield Episcopal Area
Jenny Leccardi – 07872 005189
& Narinder Lyon – 07872 005309
Archdeacon of Halifax
The Ven Dr Anne Dawtry
01484 471803 (Office)
01484 714553 (Home)