We adopt and endorse the Church of England and Diocese of Derby Safeguarding policy ensuring that in our church we take appropriate steps to promote a safer culture for all. Everyone involved in the life of our church has a role to play in the care and protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults. A team of Parish Safeguarding Officers have oversight of safeguarding and strive to mitigate risk, protect those at risk of abuse and respond well to those who have been abused.
National Survivor Helpline Number: 02380 338080 www.thesurvivortrust.org
Church of England Past Case Review 2 (PSR2)
Along with every other parish across the country we are participating in the Church of England PSR2.
Protocols and practice guidance for the Church of England’s Past Cases Review 2, (PCR2) have been published and are on the National Church of England Website. churchofengland.org/ safeguarding/promoting-safer-church/safeguarding-news-statements/past-cases-review-2 Individual survivors who wish to make representations to the PCR2 process in the Diocese or who need to come forward with information or make any disclosures regarding church related abuse are encouraged to make direct contact with the Safeguarding Team 01332 388678. However, recognising that this may not feel safe for those with experience of abuse from within the church, a dedicated national helpline - 0800 80 20 20 - operated independently from the church, by the NSPCC, was set up in September 2019 and remains available. Survivors and victims can use the helpline to provide information or to raise concerns regarding abuse within the Church of England context; whether they are reporting issues relating to children, adults or seeking to whistle blow about poor safeguarding practice. Survivors were not invited to contribute to the 2007-2009 PCR and the Church has wanted to ensure a different, trauma informed approach is taken by PCR2. Listening to survivor voices has helped to shape how this review will be conducted.
Domestic Abuse support
The Police and local authority in Derbyshire are expecting the number of incidents of domestic abuse to rise in line with other countries who are further along the coronavirus journey than the UK. The Derbyshire Domestic Abuse Helpline offers a vital lifeline for those experiencing abuse within the home and they have introduced a new service enabling victims of domestic abuse to text messages to the helpline.
The contact details are as follows:
0800 0198668 – countywide helpline number
07534 617252 – text messaging helpline service
Why our churches remain closed
By closing church buildings, we make a difficult but important decision - mindful of the vital need to listen to and set an example of the message: stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives.