Church Talk. Safeguarding – a parish view 29062018

September 12, 2019 posted by

I’m Steve Robinson
I’m the rector of St Illogan parish and also I’m a member of the
Safeguarding Advisory Panel for Truro diocese. I think safeguarding is part of
everything we do, certainly not something that can be hived off into some separate
category. We’re doing safeguarding now in this meeting – it’s very much to do with
our everyday activities and because we have to be aware of people every day,
every minute of every day, and all our all the activities of the church and the
church family and so wherever we are whatever we’re doing we’re looking out
for one another and so therefore safeguarding is part of all that we do I
would say. I think given the numbers of people who are trained within Truro
diocese, I think we’re talking hundreds of people within parishes being trained
every year in safeguarding, I think that’s bound to have a significant
impact and not just within those churches but in the communities. All
those people are much more aware I think of safeguarding issues in all its
breadth, and I guess that plays a vital role really within the
communities in which we are. My name’s Helen Jones and I’m a leader in our club,
the Jam Club. Over the years I’ve done lots of training and just recently, last year, I
did a level two leaders’ course arranged by the diocese here at Mary’s. My
training helps me in several different ways. One thing, you’re looking
at the other leaders in the group – whether they’ve got sufficient skills,
whether they’re behaving in an appropriate way within the group. Secondly, you’re looking at the children that when they come into the Jam Club
that it’s a positive, happy experience and that they’re treated in a respected
and happy way; but then you’re looking out for the safeguarding things like neglect, or are they behaving inappropriately or if they tell you things then you know
you need to know what path to take and who to talk to. Every activity we do
there’s a safeguarding element to it I think child protection, as it was known,
used to be very much about several protections, so protection
against sexual exploitation, against physical abuse, against emotional abuse,
but safeguarding I think is very much broader than, it encompasses all
those things but also things like domestic violence and modern-day slavery, financial abuse and, on a very much kind of more fundamental level, just making
sure people are protected and safe within our … within our fellowships, our
church families, within our activities. I’m called Sue Jago, I’ve been coming to
choir for the last two and a half years. I joined because I wanted to do something
different after losing a very close friend and always wanted to sing, never
had the courage to go and do it and I saw about Illogan Community Choir on
Facebook and decided just to come along. As soon as you walk through the door and
come into contact with the choir, they’re such a friendly lot,
always sort of looking out for each other – if somebody isn’t here for a
couple of weeks they notice it and say well we haven’t seen whoever they are
you know, wonder if they’re okay. There’s always somebody who you can talk to
about anything really. The age groups go from, we’ve got a little toddler who
comes every week to teenage girls and I think the oldest lady is in their
mid-80s, and I think they feel very safe and looked after. I think everybody looks
out for each other. I think we can, we can look at people, can’t we, and know
when they’re particularly vulnerable or when they fall into a category perhaps
of being a vulnerable person, but it’s probably true to say as well, isn’t it,
that any of us, any of us could be vulnerable.
I think safeguarding has to be an everyday activity in that we’re always
on the lookout for people who might be vulnerable and in need, so I would
say very definitely not a separate activity but very much part of our
everyday parish ministry.

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