Children and Young People
Children and young people are a very important part of the community of the Church in Wales to be respected and cherished for their own sake. Week after week children visit church premises and the Parochial Church Council MUST have in place a Child Protection Policy and procedures for ensuring their welfare and protection.
The PCC must ensure that it provides a safe and happy environment for children and young people by:
- having in place a clear and up to date Child Protection Policy;
- reviewing the policy regularly to check for effectiveness;
- ensuring that all paid and volunteer workers are authorised to work with children and young people prior to their appointment;
- ensuring that all paid and volunteer workers are trained in its Child Protection Policy and procedures;
- treating all allegations or suspicions of abuse seriously.
To help support the PCC in this vital area of its work the Church in Wales has produced a guide entitled “Children and Young People – A Code of Good Practice for use by parishes in the Church in Wales”. This was updated and re-issued to all parishes in January 2008 and is available on the Church in Wales web site at http://www.churchinwales.org.uk/publications/downloads/#c. Copies can be obtained from either the Diocesan Safeguarding Officer or from the Provincial Office (tel: 029 2034 8200).
In addition, the first port-of-call for parishes on any enquiries linked to Child Protection should be the Diocesan Safeguarding Officer. Please contact your Diocesan Office for contact details.
There is a particular responsibility for members of the Church to ensure that all people are treated with dignity and respect and that any complaints against church workers are dealt with promptly and fairly. The Church should be a safe place for vulnerable adults as well as children and young people. The PCC must ensure that it adheres to the recommendations set out in the Church in Wales report, “Recommended Policy and Good Practice Guidelines – Ministry with Vulnerable Adults”. This was issued to all clergy in July 2010 and is available on the Church in Wales website at: http://www.churchinwales.org.uk/publications/downloads/#v
Copies can also be obtained from the Diocesan Safeguarding Officer and from the Provincial Office (telephone 029 2034 8200).