Ensuring a church community is a place of safety and nurture.
Our response locally and as part of the wider Anglican community in the Willesden Diocese.
Please scroll down to see our updated information as of August 2019,
in keeping with the
House of Bishops Safeguarding Policy.
In a time when history has shown that it is not enough to hope and assume that everyone has the right motives for being part of a church community and where each church community needs to go to great lengths to ensure that the church community is a place of safety and nurture, where faith can be explored and fed with integrity, honesty and openness...
Here at The Annunciation we do all we can to ensure that we are not only aware of the issues around Safeguarding of vulnerable adults and children coming through our doors, but that we have active policies and procedures in place, but that we are active and diligent in the way we comply with both.
We are also glad to be supported by and answerable to the Diocese our church belongs to. Please click on the buttons on your right to read more details of how we are supported and what we comply with as part of the wider Church of England community.
Jacqui Goddard is our Safeguarding Officer.
Here are some of the simple, everyday ways we address safeguarding in our parish...
* All adults directly responsible for caring for children and vulnerable adults will have a DBS check. (Disclosure and Barring Service)
* All PCC members have received basic safeguarding training.
*we have an appointed Safeguarding officer, Evidence Checker and Lead Recruiter to ensure safeguarding procedures are adhered to.
* Safeguarding is a permanent part of the agenda for all PCC meetings, to ensure that it is actively thought about each time we meet.
* We have a safeguarding policy, which is renewed annually and a safeguarding audit, which is carried out and fed back to the diocesan safeguarding team to whom we are accountable.
Important safeguarding update August 2019
The church of The Annunciation adheres to the House of Bishops’ ‘Promoting a Safer Church’ safeguarding policy statement, section 3,Issued in October 2017.
Please click on this link to read the policy statement, which the Church Warden has signed on behalf of the PCC of The Church of The Annunciation.
An overview of the Church of England’s safeguarding policy and all information pertaining to safeguarding can be found by clicking on the link below:
Safeguarding – Promoting a safer church…
House of Bishops Safeguarding Policy for children, young people & adults
OUR COMMITMENTS AT THE CHURCH OF THE ANNUNCIATION:
· Promoting a safer environment and culture
· Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children and vulnerable adults
· Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation
· Caring pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse or other affected persons
· Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns/allegations of abuse and other affected persons
· Responding to those that may pose a present risk.
The care and protection of children, young people and adults involved in Church activities is the responsibility of everyone who participates in the life of the Church.
IF YOU ARE CONCERNED
That someone you know is at risk of, or is being abused, or presents a risk to others, please seek advice from a Safeguarding Advisor (as listed below) or report the matter to the Local Authority Social Care Services or the Police without delay (Also listed below).
Local contacts available to speak to if you have any concerns.
Once again, if you believe there is immediate risk or danger to an individual, please either contact the Brent Emergency Safeguarding Team on:- 020 8937 4300
or contact the police by dialling 999.
Brent Local Safeguarding Children Board
Information and advice on what to do if you have local safeguarding concerns
For advice and support from The Church of The Annunciation, you can contact the following people:
Mrs Jacqueline Goddard, Safeguarding Officer & Church Warden
T: 07946 538243
Willesden Safeguarding Diocesan Adviser:
Kensington and Willesden – Andy Munro (Tuesday to Friday)
020 3837 5092
Other support in Brent:
For concerns about - Domestic Abuse & Violence
Monday to Friday 10am to 6pm on 07398 454898
Email on firstname.lastname@example.org
National Domestic Violence 24 hour helpline: 0808 200 0247
Rape Crisis – A network of independent Rape Crisis Centres, plus the Rape and Sexual Abuse helpline - 0808 802 9999
Refuge - refuges, advocacy, community outreach projects and culturally-specific services, including the Eastern European Advocacy Service and the Vietnamese Outreach Service – 020 7395 7700
Asian Women’s Resource Centre: 020 8961 5701
Iranian and Kurdish Women's Rights Organisation (IKWRO): 020 7920 6460
Galop - Emotional and practical support for LGBT+ people experiencing domestic abuse.
Forced Marriage Unit: 020 7708 0151
Respect – Support for male perpetrators and victims of domestic violence
Men’s Advice Line - Advice and support for men experiencing domestic violence and abuse - 0808 801 0327
Respect Phone line - Advice, information and support to help stop perpetrators of domestic abuse (male and female) being violent and abusive to their partners – 0808 802 4040
Rights of Women - Free, confidential legal advice by specialist women solicitors and barristers - 020 7251 6577
Samaritans UK - Free, confidential helpline to talk about whatever is getting you - 0845 7909 090.
Childline: 0800 1111
Paladin National Stalking Advocacy Service – A Stalking and Harassment charity – 020 3866 4107
National Stalking Helpline – 0808 802 0300
Find a Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC)
The Women and Girls Network, including the Sexual Violence Helpline – 0808 801 0660