What are the Safeguarding Principles?

We are committed to:

  • The care, nurture of, and respectful ministry of all children, young people and all adults;
  • The safeguarding and protection of all children, young people and all adults;
  • The establishing of safe, caring communities which provide a loving environment where victims of abuse can report or disclose abuse and where they can find support and best practice that contributes to the prevention of abuse.

What is the role of the PCC?

The Parochial Church Council (PCC) is required to sign up to Safeguarding Principles every three years. (A copy of the signed Principles is on the noticeboard in church.)

The PCC has the legal responsibility to adopt, implement and monitor the safeguarding policies.

The guidance suggests that the PCC appoint a parish safeguarding co-ordinator to assist them.

Karen Key is Safeguarding Officer at Bourne Abbey.

The Bishop’s Safeguarding Team

The Bishop’s Safeguarding Team is based in Lincoln. Their job is to offer advice and support regarding the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults to those who are working with or for the Church of England in the Diocese of Lincoln whether they are members of the Clergy, Church Officers or PCC members, volunteers or paid staff.

The team also supports people who make contact with the Church because they have been affected by abuse in their own lives and can arrange for specialist support and advice where this is necessary.

Diocesan Safeguarding Team’s contact details

Phone: 01522 504070
Post: Edward King House, Minster Yard, Lincoln LN2 1PU

Please remember…

If you are worried about the safety of a vulnerable adult or a child you should not delay in reporting the matter to the police or to the local authority teams who are responsible for safeguarding.

Whilst the Team is happy to support you with this, you should never delay making a referral where someone may be experiencing significant harm. In an emergency call the police on 999 or 101.