The Gospel of Jesus is both simple and profound. It declares that whoever we are, God loves us without limit or reserve because He is our creator. God’s love towards us, embodied in Jesus through his words, miracles and acts of compassion, reflect his total commitment to his world.
As disciples of Jesus, we are called to imitate him in that life of loving service, rooted in our conviction that, being made in the image of God, we are called to recognise that image in all our brothers and sisters and serve them as God in Christ has served us. The unique value that each of us has as God’s child evokes in us a love and respect for one another. Jesus frequently spoke about the need to value children and ministered to adults who were vulnerable for one reason or another. The Church in ministering to children and adults at risk must reflect that care and compassion of Jesus.
Based on those values and principles, the Church in Wales is committed to ensuring the highest standards of behaviour and care in its work with children and adults at risk. We have a responsibility to those who are members of the Church, and all who come to us, for whatever reason, to give them a welcome which reflects the welcome God gives to us. Our churches need to be safe places where people feel listened to and valued. We have to ensure that our work with children and adults, especially those who are vulnerable, provides the right care and support for those in need, and sets out a framework and guidance for those who exercise their ministry, be it ordained or lay, in their work with the young and the vulnerable.
I hope that this document and the work of all those involved in safeguarding, both provincially and in the dioceses and parishes, will play a huge part in enabling this vital work.
The Most Reverend Dr Barry Morgan