At HT we affirm the Church of England’s ‘Whole Church’ approach to safeguarding. This approach encompasses a commitment to consistent policy and practice across the church and that everyone associated with HT and who comes into contact with children, young people and vulnerable adults, has a role to play.
All safeguarding work is undertaken within a legislative framework supported by government guidance which sets out a range of safeguarding duties, responsibilities and best practice. HT ensure ‘due regard’ is taken to safeguarding guidance issued by the House of Bishops (this includes both policy and practice guidance). A copy of ‘Promoting a Safer Church; House of Bishop's policy statement (2017)’ can be found here.
PCC Safeguarding Policy Statement Holy Trinity Cambridge
- Every person has a value and dignity which comes directly from the creation of male and female in God’s own image and likeness. Christians see this potential as fulfilled by God’s re-creation of us in Christ. This implies a duty to value all people as bearing the image of God and therefore to protect them from harm.
- We accept and endorse the principles set out in 'Promoting a Safer Church; House of Bishops Policy Statement (2017)'.
- We commit ourselves to nurture, protect and safeguard all our members, particularly children, young people and adults at risk.
- We recognise that safeguarding is the responsibility of the whole church.
- We undertake to exercise proper care in the selection, appointment, training and support of those working in both paid and voluntary positions with children and adults at risk, including the use of Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosures and making appropriate referrals to the Disclosure and Barring Service.
- We will respond without delay to concerns or allegations that a child or adult at risk may have been harmed, cooperating fully in any investigation.
- We will challenge any abuse of power by anyone in a position of trust.
- We will seek to offer pastoral care to anyone who has suffered abuse.
- We will seek to offer pastoral care and support, including supervision and referral to the proper authorities, to any member of our church community, know to have offended against a child, young person or adult at risk.
Policies and Guidelines
This is a general policy that provides procedures for promoting safeguarding, preventing abuse and protecting children, adults at risk, and staff. It includes clear procedures for taking appropriate action when safeguarding concerns are raised involving children and adults within the Church, or those who attend Church activities and events.
Child Protection Policy
This is a continuation of the Safeguarding Policy and applies the general safeguarding procedures to the specific case of caring for children and young people.
This has been developed to help put the policies into practice. The Guidelines also contain useful information about who to contact with a question or concern.
Child Protection Good Practice Guidelines
This has been developed to help put the policies into practice, specifically in relation to working with young people. The Guidelines also contain useful information about who to contact with a question or concern.
The Safeguarding Officer is the first person to speak to if you have any concerns about the welfare of a child or adult with vulnerability.
Parish Safeguarding Officer
Saisha Dee (Operations Director)
T: 01223 355 397
Cat Meakin (Children's Pastor)
T: 01223 355 397
If you would rather speak to someone outside of the church, please see the contacts below
Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor
T: 01353 652 731
Diocesan Safeguarding Officer
T: 01353 652 735
Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (Part-time)
T: 01353 652 731
NSPCC 24 Hour Helpline: 0800 800 5000
ChildLine: 0800 1111
National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247
Action on Elder Abuse: 0808 808 8141
A form for logging a concern about a child or vulnerable adult is available for download here.