‘The Church of England is called to share the good news of God’s salvation through Jesus Christ. The life of our communities and institutions is integral to how we address this task. The good news speaks of welcome for all, with a particular regard for those who are most vulnerable, into a community where the value and dignity of every human being is affirmed and those in positions of responsibility and authority are truly trustworthy. Being faithful to our call to share the Gospel therefore compels us to take with the utmost seriousness the challenge of preventing abuse from happening and responding well where it has’.
Justin Welby adds:
"‘Safeguarding’ means the action the Church takes to promote a safer culture in all our churches. In order to achieve this, we need to do a lot of hard work. We will promote the welfare of children, young people and adults. We will work to prevent abuse from occurring. We will seek to protect those that are at risk of being abused and respond well to those that have been abused. We will take care to identify where a person may present a risk to others and offer support to them whilst taking steps to mitigate such risks. The Church will take appropriate steps to maintain a safer environment for all. In order to do this, we must be obedient to Christ who placed a child in the midst of his disciples and encourages us all to be childlike in our faith (see Matthew chapter 18 verses 1 – 5). So, we must practise fully and positively a ministry to all children, young people and adults; to respond sensitively and compassionately to their needs in order to help keep them safe from harm."
Link to the Diocesan Safeguarding web pages
at https://www.gloucester.anglican.org/about-us/safeguarding/ - this page has the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor’s contact details and details of how anyone can report a concern.
Who to contact in the Nailsworth benefice
The nominated safeguarding officer at St George's is Mrs Karen Wheeler.
Tel: 01453 839304
The nominated safeguarding officer at St Martin's is Rev. Caroline Bland
Tel: 01453 836536
The nominated safeguarding officer at St John the Baptist is Elin Tattersall
Tel: 01453 860182