for Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults


We want to make sure you are safe, and your welfare is our first priority.

Our policy is set out below.  All  adults with a direct responsibilty to Children, Young People amd Vulnerable Adults take it seriously.

This updated SAFEGUARDING POLICY statement was adopted by St James CofE Church, Parish of Rounds Green, Parochial Church Council (PCC) and  it will be reviewed on the  7th June 2020. Any advised amements will be made if required during the life of this policy in accordance with directives from Church of England Birmingham.

Safeguarding Policy

Other policies can be found here.

As a church we follow the National Policy Guidance of the Church of England which can be found here

St James PCC recognises the need to safeguard the children and young people in our care and guard against the possibility of any form of abuse of children and young people by persons who may be acting in the name of our parish.  We aim to create a safe environment for the nurture and development of children and young people, in order for them to feel valued and confident to ask for support and help. We will create policies and procedures that uphold the importance of our responsibility to protect and safeguard the welfare of children and young people entrusted to our care.

A Parish Safeguarding Co-ordinator has been appointed to ensure the implementation of this policy.


1. We commit to providing a safe physical environment for work with children and young people.

2. We recognize that everyone has different levels of vulnerability and that each of us may be regarded as vulnerable at some time in our lives.

3. We commit ourselves to the safeguarding of all children and young people, particularly those who may be vulnerable, ensuring their well-being in the life of this church. All leaders involved in Children’s work and/or Youth work at St James are required to read and adhere to our Safeguarding Policy. This outlines the practical implementation of our safeguarding policy for children and young people and is aligned to the Church of England Birmingham guidelines.

4. We commit ourselves to promoting safe practice by those in positions of trust.

5. We commit to informing the whole church community about our safeguarding policy and procedures and recognise that it is the responsibility of each of us to prevent and report abuse that we discover or suspect.

6. We will ensure the children and young people in our care know who they can talk to if they have any concerns.

7. We recognise our responsibility to always respond to and report abuse in whatever context, inside or outside the church environment and will always listen to and take seriously any child or young person who reports that they have been abused

8. We will always report allegations of abuse and concerns about a child or young person who is experiencing or at risk of abuse in accordance with our procedures.

9. We will always report all allegations of abuse against clergy, staff or volunteers to the appropriate statutory agency and to the Bishop’s Safeguarding Adviser and co-operate with any investigation

10. We will keep securely all records in relation to safeguarding concerns, allegations and the recruitment of volunteers and paid workers.

11. We commit to the safe recruitment of all new and current clergy, staff or volunteers who have contact with children and young people.

12. We will assess all new and current clergy, staff or volunteer roles and, in every case where the role is deemed to be eligible, apply for an appropriate level criminal record check every five years.

13. We commit to providing every clergy, staff or volunteer with clear instructions and information in respect of their role, adequate resources and support and regular opportunities for review.

14. We will ensure that all clergy, staff or volunteers working directly with children and young people or those who are in a trusted role attend Church of England safeguarding training every three years.

15. We will inform the Bishop’s Safeguarding Adviser, and ensure appropriate supervision, of anyone who is known to have offended against a child or young person who attends activities organised by the St James CofE Church, Parish of Rounds Green and will follow all recommendations of the Bishop’s Safeguarding Adviser in this regard.

16. We require all regular hirers of our premises to have their own safeguarding policy and procedures, to provide us with an assurance that these are implemented and to provide us with a copy.

17. Private hirers of our premises must pay due regard to the safety and well-being of children and young people and accept full responsibility for those in their care.

18. The parish adopts the policy and practice guidance of The Church of England and The Church of England – Birmingham

19. The policy will be reviewed each year to monitor its effectiveness.

20. We will review our safeguarding policy annually to ensure that it meets all current legislation, House of Bishop’s and The Church of England – Birmingham policies and practice guidance

21. Each person who works with children and young people will agree to abide by these recommendations and the guidelines established by this church.

22. This policy applies to all trips, visits and events organised on behalf of St James CofE Church, Parish of Rounds Green.

These people have the responsibility to ensure this policy is implemented.

Jill MacDonald is  the Parish Safeguarding Co-ordinator for children/young people.
Jane Edwards is the Deputy Parish Safeguarding Co-ordinator
Chris Sale is the Children’s Advocate

Jill MacDonald is appointed as a parish identity verifier to process online Disclosure and Barring Service applications.

Minister in Charge: Jill MacDonald
Incumbent:  Reverend Mike Sermon
Churchwarden:  John MacDonald
Churchwarden:  Lynne Jones
Youth and Community Regeneration Coordinator: Chris Sale

 Important Safeguarding Contacts

.Jill Macdonald Parish Safeguarding Coordinator

Tel: 077554012184


.Bishop’s Safeguarding Adviser

Tel: 07342993844

.Our Safeguarding Policy

Safeguarding policy

FurtherHelp and Guidance


NSPCC for adults concerned about a child – 0808 800 5000

Childline for children and young people – 0800 1111

Action on Elder Abuse helpline – 0808 808 8141

24-hour National Domestic Violence helpline – 0808 2000 247

NAPAC offers support and advice to adult survivors of childhood abuse – 08088010331

Stop It Now helps prevent child sexual abuse – 0808 1000 900

Cruse bereavement helpline – 0808 808 1677

Family Lives provides support and advice on family issues – 0808 800 222

MACSAS for people who have been abused by church officers – 0808 801 0340

Samaritans for people struggling to cope and needing someone to talk to – 116 123

Sources of support for victims and families of abuse

The Survivors Trust –

Safeline –


SupportLine –

Victim Support – childhood-abuse


For links to the resources and templates mentioned in this handbook, go to

All House of Bishops’ Safeguarding Policy and Guidance can be

found at guidance


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