Greyfriars Church, Reading Parish Safeguarding Policy

  1. We are committed to:
    – The care, nurture of, and respectful pastoral ministry with, all children and all adults.
    – The safeguarding and protection of all children, young people and adults when they are vulnerable.
    – The establishing of safe, caring communities which provide a loving
    environment where there is a culture of ‘informed vigilance’ as to the dangers of abuse.
  2. We will carefully select and train all those with any responsibility within the Church,
    in line with safer recruitment principles, including the use of Disclosure and Barring
    Service checks.
  3. We will respond without delay to every complaint made which suggests that an adult,
    child or young person may have been harmed, co-operating with the police and local
    authority in any investigation and we will have a clear reporting procedure in place.
  4. We will seek to work with anyone who has suffered abuse, developing with him or
    her an appropriate ministry of informed pastoral care.
  5. We will seek to challenge any abuse of power, especially by anyone in a position of
  6. We will seek to offer pastoral care and support, including supervision and referral
    to the proper authorities, to any member of our church community known to have
    offended against a child, young person or vulnerable adult.
  7. In all these principles we will follow statute, guidance and recognised good practice.
  8. We will advise the Diocese which Registered Body we use to process applications for
    Disclosure and Barring Service Checks.
  9. We will advise the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser if we receive a Disclosure, which
    is ‘blemished’ or ‘positive’.
  10. We will review this policy annually, check that our policies are up to date, and supply
    a copy of the updated policy statement to the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser.

Safeguarding Officer:

If you have any concerns about the welfare of a child, young person or vulnerable adult please contact Sam Muncey, as our Safeguarding Officer.

Sam Muncey
T: 07933 567 075

Alternatively you can contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor, Richard Woodley, at and 01865 208295.

Download our Safeguarding Policy