© 2013 Trinity United Reformed Church - Milton Grove, Wigan, WN1 2PG
(I am including the following letter, so that everyone knows how seriously the URC is taking safeguarding and that support is at hand should it be required. Ed. Nov 2017)
PEOPLE AND CHURCHES
Hi, I’m Julie Rafferty and I recently retired from the Cheshire Police after serving 30 years as a police officer. Most of my service I have been involved in criminal investigation and for the last nine years of my service I worked in the public protection arena, supervising teams of detectives to manage sex offenders in the community and investigating sexual and violent offences committed against the most vulnerable members of the community; as a result, I am passionate about safeguarding and ensuring that children and vulnerable adults are protected and heard.
I am really pleased to be appointed as the Safeguarding Advisor for Mersey and North-Western Synods and feel I have the experience and knowledge to support the URC churches in the two areas. As the Safeguarding Advisor, my main responsibilities will be:
Delivery of safeguarding training to ministers and volunteers
Creating safer environments within the church, ensuring that key individuals have current DBS checks in place
Responding to safeguarding concerns
Ensuring that churches have up to date Safeguarding policies and procedures
Looking forward to meeting you all, in the meantime if anyone wants any help or advice, I am contactable on:
Just to let you know a few snippets of news from the URC Safeguarding teams.
There is new guidance which can be found on the URC website called Good Practice 5 which is a very long read but we are at present updating the Church Policy in accordance with this.
The link to the URC site is: https://urc.org.uk/good-practice-policy-and-procedures
A few bullet points
Safeguarding is the responsibility of the whole church, so it is important for us all to have some knowledge about it.
Basic training is available to all church members via Zoom and there are some available slots in February – you can also join via telephone link.
Training is essential for all who work with children and vulnerable adults – this includes pastoral workers, junior church leaders, elders. The link to the synod website is: https://www.urcmerseysynod.org.uk/safeguardintraining.htm
Intermediate training will be available from May – this is for elders and those who lead groups
There is a process of safe recruitment for people who work with children / vulnerable adults;
It is important for all to ensure that any allegations, concerns or complaints about abuse or neglect are recorded ( Form : Good practice 5 appendix A5 )and reported to myself as safeguarding officer or if not available to the Synod Safeguarding Officer
Should anyone have any concerns, complaints or compliments please contact:
Please contact the Church Elders
Synod Safeguarding Officer
Name: Julie Rafferty
Telephone No: 07964 981262
You may use the form Safeguarding Incident/Concern
(This is Appendix A5 of the Good Practice Guidelines and can be downloaded from the main URC website)
Email the completed form to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Statutory contact in the case of a child
Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)
Telephone No 01942 484034 (during office hours)
01942 828300 (outside office hours)
Children’s services Wigan Local council 01942 828300
Statutory contact in the case of an adult at risk
Emergency 24hr 01942828777
Website wigan.gov.uk Report it / abuse and neglect /Adults
Wigan Police Station, Robin Park Road, Wigan
Tel: (0161) 856 7124
Emergency 999 or 112
Safeguarding at Trinity
If you have any questions or concerns about Safeguarding at Trinity please contact the Church Elders
We would like to thank Dr Gill Mangham for all her work as she steps down from this important role .
Thank you Gill.