…and improve your Safeguarding knowledge at the same time!
In a recent message on the Church of England website, the Archbishop of Canterbury writes that Safeguarding is at the heart of our Christian faith. ‘Safeguarding’ means the action the Church takes to promote a safer culture in all our churches. In order to achieve this, we need to do a lot of hard work. We will promote the welfare of children, young people and adults. We will work to prevent abuse from occurring. We will seek to protect those that are at risk of being abused and respond well to those that have been abused. We will take care to identify where a person may present a risk to others and offer support to them whilst taking steps to mitigate such risks.
Training, which is obligatory for some church volunteers, has been vitally important in helping us to raise awareness and understanding of Safeguarding issues. However, the new on-line Safeguarding Awareness course, is open and available to all members of the congregation. It is interesting and informative, giving an insight into all the possible types of abuse and how we as a church should respond to concerns.
Our Safeguarding Officer, Carolyn Guler, says, “thanks to those who have done the on-line course and are aware of possible dangers, potential safeguarding cases at St Andrew’s have been nipped in the bud before they could become more serious. One way we can all help to make our church the safe and welcoming place we all wish it to be is by taking the time to do this course. I therefore urge you to give up an hour or two of your time to complete this invaluable course”
Carolyn will be delighted to hear from anyone interested in completing the on-line training. Please send her an Email (click here) and she will provide you with instructions of how to access the course.
On behalf of the more vulnerable members of our Church – THANK YOU!