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. Among other things this implies a duty to value all people as bearing the image of God and therefore to protect them from harm. The Church of England - Birmingham is committed to keeping children and adults, who may be vulnerable, safe. We are committed to the safeguarding principles adopted by the House of Bishops:
If you have any concerns about a child, a young person, an adult who may be vulnerable or someone who works for or volunteers for the Church of England - Birmingham please contact:
Bishop’s Safeguarding Adviser
E: StephH@cofebirmingham.com T: 07342 993844
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.
- The careful selection and training of all those with any responsibility within the Church, in line with current safer recruitment principles and legislation
- Responding 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.
- Seeking to work with anyone who has suffered abuse, developing with him or her an appropriate ministry of informed pastoral care.
- Seeking 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 adult when they are vulnerable.
- Our safeguarding policies can be accessed by clicking on the links below:
- Safe Recruitment
- Details of safeguarding training courses can be found here.
Safeguarding arrangements in The Church of England - Birmingham were independently audited in April 2016 by SCIE. You can read a summary of the key recommendations here. A copy of the full report is available here.
The Church of England – Birmingham covers five different local authorities. The contact details of these local authorities can be found here.