The Bottesford with Ashby
Team Ministry
Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults

Most of the time at church we are like a big happy family.  However, even in very happy families people can have a bad day and even people we know and trust can upset us.  We want to help everyone have good days all of the time.  We try to make sure that people who have jobs in the church always behave well and in a way that is helpful to you.  We never want anyone or anything in church to frighten you, confuse you or worry you. It is important that you tell us if something is upsetting you or if you are feeling worried about something that's happening or something somebody is doing.  We have specially trained people who you can talk to and who you can ask for help.  These people are good at safeguarding.  This means they look after everyone's safety.  Caring for people is a very important part of our Christian life.  

The people who can help you are the parish priest or the parish safeguarding officer.  You can contact the safeguarding officer (Mrs Jane Ward - 01724 629557) or the parish priest (Rev Kevin Dyke - 01724 852079).  If you wish to speak to someone outside the church you can can contact the diocesan safeguarding team - their contact details are available here.   There is also information there about other places from where you can get help or advice.



The Parochial Church Council has adopted the Diocese of Lincoln Safeguarding Policy Statement which reads as follows:

Preamble

Every human being has a value and dignity which comes directly from God's creation of male and female in his own image and likeness. Christians seethis as fulfilled by God's re-creation of us in Christ. Among other things this implies a duty to value all people as filled with the Holy Spirit and therefore to protect them from harm.

Principles

Within our church community we are committed to:
   - The care and nurture children and young people
   - Respectful pastoral ministry to all adults
   - The safeguarding and protection of children, young people and adults

We will carefully select and train all those with any pastoral responsibility
within the Church, including the use of Criminal Records Bureau disclosures
and registration with the Independent Safeguarding Authority.

We will respond without delay to every complaint made, that an adult, child or
young person may have been harmed, cooperating with the police and local
authority in any investigation. 

We will seek to offer informed pastoral care to anyone who has suffered abuse,
developing with them an appropriate healing ministry.

We will challenge any abuse of power by anyone in a position of trust.

We will care for and supervise any member of our church community known
to have offended against a child, young person or adult.

Any issues concerning the protection of children of vulnerable adults should - in the first instance - be directed to one of the clergy (see our Contact Us Page).