What is Safeguarding?
Safeguarding is the term that describes the function of protecting adults and children from abuse or neglect and includes measures to prevent vulnerable people from coming to harm in the first place.
Safeguarding is an essential part of any responsible organisation’s governance and practice. As churches, seeking to reflect the character and commands of Jesus, we want to do this to the best of our ability and operate in an exemplary manner within our communities.
It is the policy of the Presbyterian Church of Wales to safeguard the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults by protecting them from neglect, physical, sexual and emotional harm. As churches, we are fully committed to safeguarding the wellbeing of our members and those entrusted to our care. Members of the church, paid staff and volunteers will at all times conduct themselves in a way that reflects the principles of the Christian church. They will show respect for and understanding of human rights, promoting an ethos of listening and ensuring the safety of all especially children and vulnerable adults.
The church will care for children and young people, and vulnerable adults and safeguard them by following good practices in relation to the following:
- Responding appropriately to concerns and allegations
- Safer recruitment of workers and volunteers
- Promoting good working practices
- Training and supporting our workers in their role and in the protection of children and vulnerable people
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The Presbyterian Church of Wales works closely with the Interdenominational Safeguarding Panel on all safeguarding matters. The panel safeguarding officer is our lead safeguarding officer and should be contacted directly with safeguarding matters and concerns.