Safeguarding

Stratton Team Ministry Safeguarding Children, Young people and Vulnerable Adults

“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.
Diocese of Bristol 2014

Stratton Team Ministry recognises that it is the responsibility of all members of the parish to give paramount importance to the nurture and care of children, young people and vulnerable adults in a safe and secure environment.  It is about preventing harm to children and adults wherever possible.

It is with this aim that that the Stratton Team Ministry have a robust Safeguarding Policy and Guidelines in place to ensure that a safe environment is maintained.

We want all members of the Stratton Team Ministry community to accept that it is each and every member’s responsibility to maintain a level of vigilance with regard to safeguarding issues and understand that it is the individual’s duty to refer concerns to the Parish Safeguarding Officers if there is cause for concern.

The Safeguarding Team

There are two joint Parish Safeguarding Officers (PSOs) whose responsibilities are to receive referrals and concerns and pass them on to the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor in Bristol if the situation requires further intervention.

The person in receipt of allegations or suspicions of abuse should report concerns as soon as possible to Mrs. Mary Bosher (hereafter the "Parish Safeguarding Officer") tel no: 07798914506 or Dr. Mike Bosher  (Joint Parish Safeguarding Officer) on the same telephone number.  

Referrals may also be made by email to: safeguarding@strattonteamministry.co.uk which is a secure and confidential email address. The Parish Safeguarding Officers are nominated by the church leadership to act on their behalf in dealing with the allegation or suspicion of neglect or abuse, including referring the matter on to the statutory authorities.

 
Dr Mike Bosher   Mrs Mary Bosher

 

In the absence of the Parish Safeguarding Officer or, if the suspicions in any way involve either Safeguarding Officer, then the report should be made to The Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor on 01179060100 in office hours.  If urgent, contact either Social Services or the Police.  The DSA would then contact the clergy or Churchwardens as appropriate.

Eyes and Ears; Additionally there are members of South Marston and Stanton churches who have agreed to act as eyes and ears for safeguarding and have a direct referral route to the Parish Safeguarding Officers:

They are: St Leonard’s Stanton Fitzwarren; Mr. and Mrs. C Pope

St Mary Magdalene South Marston; Mrs. M Crichton.