The Parochial Church Council (PCC) of St James Gerrards Cross with Fulmer
At Saint James we take our responsibility for the welfare of one another seriously. We work closely with the Diocese of Oxford, and other advisory bodies where necessary, to ensure our safeguarding practices are in line with current legislation.
Below you can click to see our Safeguarding Policy.
Raising a Safeguarding Concern
All concerns regarding a child or vulnerable adult being at risk of harm should be reported to the Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO) and/or Incumbent as soon as practicable, and the person with concerns should make an accurate record (writing exact words used) of what was said or happened. The Incumbent or PSO will then take advice from the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) or Local Authority Services. If the incumbent is implicated the DSA will be informed directly as soon as practicable.
If there is concern that a child or vulnerable adult has been harmed, immediately inform the PSO or Incumbent or DSA and agree who will make the referral to Local Authority Services.
If none of these are available and there is concern that a child, young person or vulnerable adult has been harmed as a result of abuse and urgent action is needed:
- Make an immediate telephone referral to the Local Authority Services (or Police). Make it clear from the first point of contact that you are making a child or adult protection referral.
- Describe the event or disclosure and give information about the child and family or adult inlcuding the child/adult’s name, date of birth, address, telephone number and GP if known.
- Advise the PSO or incumbent of your actions as soon as practicable providing relevant information & Local Authority Services personnel or Police contact details.
- Remember that the child and family should, wherever possible, be informed about and consent to the referral unless this would put the welfare of the child or vital interests of the adult who may be vulnerable, or another person at further risk. If you have serious concerns, the absence of consent should not prevent a referral. The Duty Social Worker will give you advice over this if necessary.
- Be prepared to have further discussions with the social work team or the police investigation team. Say if you do not want your details disclosed to the family.
- For out of hours referrals, call the relevant out of hours Local Authority Services Emergency Duty Team or, where urgent, the Police.
If you need to contact someone with regard to a safeguarding matter, you may find these details useful:
|Oxford Diocese – for urgent Safeguarding concerns (normal working hours)||01865 208 295|
|Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (Buckingham) – Tsungai Muchegwa||01865 208 295 / 07435 550 685|
|Thirtyone:eight – Urgent, confidential support and guidance (24 hours)||0303 003 1111|
Safeguarding Helpline Details
|Buckinghamshire Local Authority Services – Children||01296 383 962 (Office Hours)|
0800 999 7677 (Out of Hours)
|Buckinghamshire Local Authority Services – Adults||0800 137 915 (Office Hours)|
0800 999 7677 (Out of Hours)
|Parish Safeguarding Officer – Ann Green||01753 883311|
|Rector – Rev Matt Beeby||01753 883301|