Pastoral Care and Safeguarding
The Pastoral Care and Safeguarding teams are in place to support you as members of the All Saints Community.
The Pastoral Care team
The team is available to give help where needed, but as we are a growing community, your friendship groups and Life Groups are best placed to offer the first line of support for you, as you are already in relationship with each other.
That being said, each case where additional pastoral care is needed is unique, and the team is always available to offer advice and step in, especially if additional support is needed. Sometimes it's easier to open up to someone who is outside of a situation.
The Pastoral Care team are there to help and offer support in both short and long term situations.
The leaders in Pastoral Care are currently Owen Gallacher, Andy Smith and Sue Stone.
A point to note - Because of the size of All Saints, the Pastoral team are only aware of situations within the church community when the person reaches out, or a friend or life group/ministry leader makes the team aware. Please don't assume that the Pastoral Care Team (or other church leaders) are aware of something, even if a situation is 'common knowledge' in church circles. When notifying the team however, please ask the person's permission before making contact if possible.
For non emergency pastoral matters, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
For emergency situations please contact the office during open hours: 01905 734625
For concerns or advice, our Safeguarding Officers Tim and Diane Marlow can be contacted at email@example.com. Alternatively contact Rich or Owen. Also see the Reporting mistreatment section below.
The main point that the Safeguarding team wanted to emphasise here is that a person being 'vulnerable' or not can change, and can be influenced by circumstances and environment. Furthermore, please keep in mind is that when people open up and confide in groups, they are making themselves vulnerable to the group, or individual members, and this should be treated with due respect and confidentiality. Tim and Diane Marlow are available to provide advice and assistance.
Dotting the 'i's and crossing the 't's
All team members working with children or vulnerable adults require a DBS. (Varying level dependant on the requirement) DBSs need to be renewed every 5 years. C1 Safeguarding training with the Diocese needs to be taken within the first year of posting, and then a refresher C5 training every 3 years after. The All Saints safeguarding policy - Promoting a Safer Church - and Childline posters are up in both All Saints and St Helens, as well as the office. It conforms to the Church of England's general policy
Statement from the Diocese:
The Church of England is committed to encouraging an environment where all people and especially those who may be vulnerable for any reason are able to worship and pursue their faith journey with encouragement and in safety. Everyone, whether they see themselves as vulnerable or not, will receive respectful pastoral ministry recognising any power imbalance within such a relationship.
An adult who is vulnerable is defined as “any adult aged 18 or over who, by reason of mental or other disability, age, illness or other situation is permanently or for the time being unable to take care of him or herself, or to protect him or herself against significant harm or exploitation”
Some of the factors that increase vulnerability include:
a sensory or physical disability or impairment;
a learning disability;
a physical illness;
mental ill health (including dementia), chronic or acute;
an addiction to alcohol or drugs;
the failing faculties in old age;
a permanent or temporary reduction in physical, mental or emotional capacity brought about by life events, for example bereavement or previous abuse or trauma.
Abuse in adults can be physical, emotional, sexual, financial, neglect or self-neglect, spiritual or modern slavery.
Any allegations of mistreatment, abuse, harassment or bullying must be responded to without delay. If you think that someone is at immediate risk of serious harm you must contact the police on 999.
Most situations will not require such immediate action. Where there are suspicions of abuse but where no allegation of abuse has been made, you should share your concerns with, and seek guidance from Rich, Owen, Tim or Diane, and from the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA), Hilary Higton . Telephone 07495 060869
Whether or not the matter involves the church there will be cooperation with the police and local authority in any investigation. Sensitive and informed pastoral care will be offered to anyone who has suffered abuse, including support to make a complaint if so desired: help to find appropriate specialist care either from the church or secular agencies will be offered.
For more guidance see the House of Bishops Safeguarding Policy for Adults ‘ Promoting a Safe Church’
Contact details of Social Services and Police within the Diocese
Hilary Higton , Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser - 07495 060869
Non-Urgent Police Enquiries - 101 (you will be put through to the appropriate force eg West Mercia or West Midlands)