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Safeguarding

08 July 2019


At its meeting on 25th July 2018 the PCC of the Parish of St George Hanover Square (incorporating St George’s Church and Grosvenor Chapel) formally adopted the following Safeguarding Policy Statement:

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. This implies a duty to value all people as bearing the image of God and therefore to protect them from harm.

We accept and endorse the principles set out in ‘Safeguarding in the Diocese of London’.

We commit ourselves to nurture, protect and safeguard all our members, particularly children, young people and vulnerable adults.

We recognise that safeguarding is the responsibility of the whole church community.

We undertake to exercise proper care in the selection, appointment, training and support of those working in both paid and voluntary positions with children or vulnerable adults, including the use of Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosures and making appropriate referrals to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

We will respond without delay to concerns or allegations that a child or vulnerable adult may have been harmed, cooperating with the police and social care services in any investigation.

We will challenge any abuse of power by anyone in a position of trust.

We will seek to offer pastoral care and support to anyone who has suffered abuse, developing with them appropriate pastoral support.

We will seek to offer pastoral care and support, including supervision and referral to the proper authorities, to any member of our church community known to have offended against a child, young person or vulnerable adult.


The PCC has committed itself to reviewing its Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and Practices at least annually and to doing so, as required by the Diocese of London, at its first meeting after the Annual Parochial Church Meeting. The next such review will therefore take place on Wednesday 24th July 2019.

Exceptionally, a restatement of the Parish Safeguarding Policy was made at a PCC meeting on 20th February 2019 on the appointment of Mr Graham Barnes as Parish Safeguarding Officer (for St George’s Church).
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