Safeguarding is a matter we take very seriously. All our children and youth workers are properly recruited and have been DBS checked. We also ensure that our Minister, office holders and all volunteers undertake routine safeguarding training. We make use of resources from organisations such as ThirtyOneEight to provide this.
Our church Safeguarding Officer is Val Gazzard and she can be contacted via email here. Val is the first port of call to raise a concern or ask a question. Val keeps records of all safe guarding queries or concerns raised with her.
Supporting Val is Pam Dymond. Pam is the coordinator for all DBS checks and this are carried out by Rev. Mark Spiers who coordinates Safeguarding nationally for the denomination, provides the DBS checks and provides training.
We also continue to work closely with the Safeguarding officers within the Church of England' Diocese of Rochester for the purpose of local information sharing .