Keeping people safe
At St John the Baptist, Colerne we want to do everything we can to keep people safe when they use our buildings or take part in our groups and activities. We are especially mindful about the safety of our children, young people and vulnerable adults. Our policy is to ensure that those in leadership roles working with children, young people or vulnerable adults have an up to date Enhanced DBS check.
For more details please read a copy of our safeguarding policy.
Questions or concerns?
If you have any concerns or questions about keeping people safe please contact our safeguarding officers:
Annette Hitch, Safeguarding Officer for Children 01225 742718
Pamela Peel, Safeguarding Officer for Vulnerable Adults 01225 971592
Adam Bond, Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser can be contacted on 0117 906 0100.
For more information about our safeguarding as part of the Diocese of Bristol, please visit the Diocesan website.
What does safeguarding mean?
Safeguarding means the action the Church takes to promote a safer culture. This means we will promote the welfare of children, young people and adults, work to prevent abuse from occurring, seek to protect those that are at risk of being abused and respond well to those that have been abused. (Safeguarding Policy Statement of the Church of England)
“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” (Diocese of Bristol 2014)
As our part of the church's commitment to Safeguarding, we have a designated Safeguarding Officer who can be contacted here, and we provide training for those working with children and vulnerable adults. Our policy document can be found here.