Safeguarding Training on Monday 24 June 2024

Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility

All people are made in the image of God and are intricately and lovingly created by God. Everyone has a responsibility to care and protect one another. The Archbishop of Canterbury has said:

“‘Safeguarding means the action the Church takes to promote a safer culture in all our churches. In order to achieve this we need to do a lot of hard work. We will promote the welfare of children, young people and adults. We will work to prevent abuse from occurring. We will seek to protect those who are at risk of being abused and respond well to those who have been abused. We will take care to identify where a person may present a risk to others, and offer support to them whilst taking steps to mitigate such risks.”

The key message around safeguarding is this: The welfare of the child, young person and vulnerable adult is at all times paramount, and takes precedence over all other considerations.

It’s important that everybody in a role at Christ Church Thornton has completed two safeguarding courses: (1) Basic Awareness, and (2) Foundations. This training needs to be repeated every three years. We are at the point where many people have their renewal due or need to undertake the training for their first time.

The best way to do this is online. You can register for free and complete the training at home at your own convenience here.

However, we recognize that not everybody has access to a computer, the confidence to learn online, or enjoys learning at home and alone. For this reason we are running an in-person version of these two online courses from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM on Monday 24th June. If you are unable to complete the training online or would prefer to do the training in-person, please book on to this (free of charge) evening in-person training. You can book using this link here.

The training is open to anyone to complete, whether functioning in a role or not. However, everyone who undertakes a role at Christ Church Thornton and the Community Centre, whether that be voluntary, paid, regularly, or casually, are required to complete it in order to continue to perform those roles. 

For the avoidance of any doubt, below is a list of activities for which people helping at them in any way (whether occasionally or as a regular volunteer, leader, trustee, or employee) need to complete the training:

  • Pilgrim’s Rest
  • Walking Wednesday
  • Mothers’ Union
  • Fridaymen
  • Playhouse
  • Lighthouse
  • Treehouse
  • Clubhouse
  • Powerhouse
  • Sanctuary
  • Meadows Books
  • PCC
  • Musicians (Music Group and Organists)
  • Food Pantry (including those who deliver food)
  • Lunches for Seniors
  • Lyrics and Lunch Monday
  • Lyrics and Lunch Thursday
  • Bat & Chat
  • Bowl & Chat
  • Craft & Chat
  • Move & Chat
  • KICK
  • Family teatime cookery class
  • Morning Prayer
  • Refreshments after Sunday services
  • Meadows Luncheon Club
  • Flourish
  • Abide
  • Alpha
  • Audi-visual team (cameras, EasyWorship)
  • Sidespersons
  • Churchwardens
  • Bell ringers
  • Cleaners
  • Car park stewards at events
  • Preparing food in the kitchen
  • Serving food in the hall
  • Welcomers
  • All staff members working for Christ Church
  • Pastoral Team
  • Burn Naze Steering Group
  • The Marriage Course
  • Alexandra Court Communion Services
  • The Friends (trustees)
  • The Pastoral Team
  • The Finance Team

The requirement to complete the training is driven by the key message that the welfare of a child, young person and vulnerable adult is at all times paramount. It may not always be easy or convenient, however it is necessary and right. We will soon be at the point of renewing DBS checks/certificates. It can be complex to ascertain which activities and which roles require a DBS check. We are working through this and will appreciate your understanding when requests are made for a new DBS check to be done.

Safeguarding across the Church of England happens on three levels: (1) national, (2) regional, and (3) local. Nationally there is a National Safeguarding Team (NST), taking the lead to promote Safeguarding, raise awareness and develop effective policies. Regionally, the Diocese of Blackburn has its own Safeguarding Team led by Catherine Smith, the Diocesan Safeguarding Officer (DSO). Locally, Mr David Taylor is the Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO) here at Christ Church Thornton. The national, regional and local contacts can all be found on this page on our church website using this link here.

If you have any questions or concerns about safeguarding here at Christ Church Thornton, please do contact David Taylor, or myself or Andrew.

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Thank you,

Damian

damian@christchurchthornton.uk
Telephone Damian: 01253 272372

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