The Quantock Towers Benefice is a fine rural benefice, with lively, friendly and interesting people, beautifulcountryside and nine attractive churches serving eight parishes, each with its own sense of community.
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St George's, Bicknoller
The Church of the Holy Ghost, Crowcombe
St Mary's, East Quantoxhead
All Saints Church, Monksilver with St Martin of Tours, Elworthy
St Mary's, Nettlecombe
St George's, Sampford Brett
St Mary's, Stogumber
St Etheldreda, West Quantoxhead
Information concerning Safeguarding issues can be found by scrolling down this page or via the 'Contact Us' page of this website.
The Church of England, in all aspects of its life, is committed to and will promote the safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults. It fully accepts and endorses the Children Act 1989 & 2004 & The Protection of Freedom Act 2012.
Christian communities should be places where allpeople feel welcomed, respected and safe from abuse. The Church is particularly called by God to support those less powerful and those without a voice in our society. Our Benefice is working towards creating a safe and non-discriminatory environment by being aware of some of the particular situationsthat create vulnerability. Issues which need to be considered include both the physical environment and the attitudes of workers and volunteers.
A person (adult or child) who might be considered vulnerable has the right to:-
Be treated with respect and dignity.
Have their privacy respected.
Be able to lead as inderpendant a life as possible.
Be able to choose how to lead thier life.
Have the protection of the law.
Have their rights upheld regardless of their ethnicity, gender, sexuality, impairment or disability, age, religion or cultural background.
Be able to use their chosen language or method of communication.
In any situationwhere there may be a difference of opinion about priorities, the welfare of any child or vulnerable adult should be the paramount concern.
This Benefice fosters and encourages best practice within its community by setting standards for working with children, young people and vulnerable adults. It will work with the Diocesan Safeguarding team, statutory bodies, voluntary agencies and other faith communities to promote the safety and well-being of children, young people and vulnerable adults.
We are committed to acting promptly whenever a concern is raised about a child, young person or vulnerable adult or about the behaviour of an adult in a position of trust, and will work with the Diocesan team and the appropriate statutory bodies when an investigation is necessary. We arealso committed to the support of those who have been abused and to listening to the voice of survivors, who can help the Church learn lessonsfrom the past.
This statement of princiles applies to children, young people and vulnerable adults.
We are committed to:
The care, nurute of, and respectfulpastoral ministrywith all children, young people and vulnerable adults.
The safeguarding and protectionof all children and vulnerable adults.
The establishment of a safe, caring community which provides an environment where there is a culture of informedviglance regarding the dangers of abuse, and where victims of abuse can report or disclose abuse and find support.
The promotion of best practice that contributes to the prevention of abuse.
The safeguarding and protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults is everyone's responsibility, not just parents or those who have formalleadership or caring responsibilities. Procedures and formal processes alone, though essential, will not protect children and adults. The community, including all its members, needs to be aware of the dangers and be prepared to report concerns and take action if necessary.
We will carefully select and train all those with any responsibility for children, young people and vulnerable adults within the church in line with safer recruitment principles, including taking up references and the use of criminal record checks.
The suitability of an applicant or nominated volunteer for work with children, young people orvulnerable adults should not be solely dependent upon Disclosue & Barring Service (DBS) disclosures or vetting checks. Someone whose DBS disclosure is clear may still be unsuitable. Hence the need for an interview and references to assure ourselves, as far as we can, that someone is suitable.
As part of theSafer Recruitment process, it is the policy of this Benefice that:
All those who regularly nwork with children, young people or vulnerable adults including those who work on a rota, should have the enhanced DBS check if they reach the criteria;
Those who work only occasionally will be asked to apply for a DBS checkif they reach the criteria;
Those who manage or supervise people who work with vulnerable groups will be required to be DBS plus Barred List checked if they reach the criteria;
The Benefice accepts that, through its workers and volunteers, it is responsible for children, young people and vulnerable adults when in a church building, on church property or other premises being used by the church and during church activities. Responsibility extends to travel between places, when it is organised by the church. However, a church is not responsible for private arrangements.
The term 'complaint' can coveer an allegation, disclosure or statement, something seen or something heard. The complaint need not be made in writing but once received it must be recorded and acted upon. Complaints can be taken fromalleged victims and third parties.
If a child, young person or vulnerable adult comes to notice as having suffered abuse in the past, church officers will notify the Diocesan Safeguarding team and appropriate authorities to ensure that the matter is on record. Support will be offered to adult survivors of child abuse, who will also be encouraged to make a statement to the Police if they have not done so before.
We will seek to offer informed pastoral care and support to anyone who has suffered abuse, developing with them an appropriate ministry that recognises the importance of understanding the needs of those who have been abused, including their feelings of alienation and/or isolation. We recognise that anyone can be a victim of abuse in any setting, including in their own home, and in a church environment, and will work hard to make our church a safe place for people to disclose any cocern they have and receive appropriate support. We will seek to protect survivors of abuse from the possibility of further harm and abuse.
We will seek to challenge any abuse of power, especially by anyone in a position of trust and responsibility, where they are trusted by others.
We will seek to offer pastoral care and support, including supervision, and referral to the appropriate authorities, to any member of our church community known to have offended against a child, young person or adult who is vulnerable. We will support them in continuing to attend church services whilst supervising their attendance to reduce the risk of further harm.
The Benefice agrees to follow the Practice Guidance from the House of Bishops on safeguarding matters, and to adopt the Diocese of \bath and Wells Safeguarding Policies.
There are people within the church who take responsibility for keeping our congregation safe, and their details are listed below:
The Benefice Safeguarding Officer is Sally Pryde, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Diocesan Safeguading Officer is Ben Goodhind, 01749 588917 Ben.Goodhind@bathwells.anglican.org
Out of hours: thirtyone:eight 0303003 1111 (5pm - midnightnight on Monday to Friday; 7am - midnight on Sat v& Sun; on Bank holidays and other absences.
Our Parish Safeguarding Officers can be found on the individual Parish pages.
Call 999 if a child or adult is in immediate danger of significant or serious harm;
Diocese: bathwells.org.uk. search for Safeguarding.
NSPCC. - 0808 800 5000
Childline - 08001111
Stop it now - 0808 1000 900
NAPAC - 0808 801 0331
Samaritans - 116 123
Family Lives - 0808 800 2222
National Domestic Violence helpline - 0808 2000 247