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Saint Hilda's Church, Audenshaw

As a church community, we are committed to:


* The care, nurture of, and respectful pastoral ministry with children and adults

* The safeguarding and protection of all children and adults

* The establishment of safe, caring communities which provide a loving environment, where there is a culture of 'informed vigilance' regarding the dangers of abuse, which:


For children and young people


* Values them for who they are and nurtures their positive development

* Enables them to participate fully and contribute to their church community

* Protects them from actual or potential harm


For adults who may be vulnerable, including those suffering domestic abuse


* Ensures that all people feel welcomed, respected and safe

* Encourages those who may be vulnerable

  - to lead as independent a life as possible

  - to choose how to lead their life, and

  - to be active contributors to the church community

* Protects those who may be vulnerable from actual or                         potential harm


For all people


* Enables and encourages concerns to be raised and responded to, openly and consistently

* Offers support and care for those suffering, or who have suffered, from any form of abuse

* Promotes respect and the value of each person as a child of God


We are therefore committed to best practice according to the national policies and guidelines of the Church of England, in the protection of children and vulnerable people; in the recruitment, training and supervision of all who exercise a pastoral ministry; and in responding to any allegations or complaints.


This policy is reviewed each year by the Parochial Church Council and re-affirmed at the Annual Meeting


Because we understand that:

* God has a special care for those who struggle

* All of us at different periods of our lives are vulnerable and in need of help

* We can make a difference



A 'Safe Church' policy




Mrs Julie Caine    0161 336 4212


Safeguarding and Adults at Risk Co-ordinator

Mrs Sandra Marston  0161 900 2029



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