tellymystory – ‘Please don’t turn the TV off’

Photo of Alison EareyAlison Earey has sent written this plea from her own experience of safeguarding training

Do you hate to deal with the difficult issues? Do you want to turn the TV off when something uncomfortable comes on? I know that I avoid them whenever possible.

Recently however I attended the Church of England children’s safeguarding training as part of my role as a Reader. This isn’t the first time that I have attended safeguarding training, so I was going out of a sense of duty (I’ve heard it all before), rather than thinking that I was going to learn anything important.

What actually happened was that it reminded me not only of the nature of different forms of child abuse, but also of the need to be diligent in looking out for signs.

St John’s, like any other church, is not protected from people who want to abuse. In fact, we know that sex offenders target churches as a way of accessing children because it is naturally a place of trust.

I was reminded that we need to love all people but that we need to ensure that everyone is safe in that loving environment. Recently we have been through some difficult times at church and as a loving family there is still much to do to help each other through this time of difficulty.

My prayer is that we would love each other enough to be able to make sure that we put everything possible in place to protect, encourage and build up every member of the church, whether they be a child or an adult.

I know that many of us attend Safeguarding training as part of our jobs or in our voluntary roles at church and elsewhere. This training has reminded me that we need to be vigilant and questioning.

Sue Clegg

Sue Clegg

Sue Clegg is our Safeguarding Officer and she would be more than happy to talk to anyone about any concerns that they have about this issue.

We also have Child and Adult Safeguarding Policies on display on the church notice boards in the hall, which helps us to know what to do if we have any concerns and how St John’s addresses the issue. You can access more information by going to our web page:  St John’s Safeguarding Policy.

Let’s not shut our eyes, let’s be vigilant, loving and safe; a place where people can find God and wholeness.

30th Jul 2014 Posted in: 'tellmystory', News by Stella Jennings 2

2 Responses

  1. Helen Nixon says:

    Many thanks for the helpful reminder of this important issue.

    The legal requirements are continually changing, so if you have been through the CRB process in the past this may not cover you currently, and if you have previously been told that clearance was not needed this may have changed for the work you want to be involved in with children or vulnerable adults.

    Do contact Sue if you are in any doubt, or if you are not sure whether the sort of contact you have with children or vulnerable adults comes under the safeguarding rules, now dealt with through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), which can be really complicated!

    Helen

  2. Sue Clegg says:

    Thanks Alison.
    A vital subject that mustn`t be ignored, whilst we “Let the children (& vulnerable adults) come” and be welcomed to a safe place.

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