PARISH CHILD PROTECTION POLICY

The Church in Wales established its obligations to the child in 1995 (The Cure of Souls).

OUR OBLIGATION TO CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE

THE POLICY ADOPTED BY THE PARISHES OF: 

St Mary the Virgin, Halkyn

Christchurch, Rhesycae

St Paul’s, Caerfallwch (Rhosesmor)

DATE: 10th October, 2006

There is an obligation to ensure that the following principles are at all times upheld:

 1 ‘Let the children come to me; do not try to stop them; for the kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these’ (Mt 19.14). Implicit in the words of Jesus is a recognition of the unique status of children and young people.

Therefore they need to be respected as persons in their own right and given especial protection because of their vulnerability.

 2 The Church in Wales accepts and stresses the principle of the Children Act 1989 and that the welfare of the child is paramount in all circumstances.

 3 The Church and its workers, whether ordained or lay, whether acting in a paid or a voluntary capacity, must act towards children and young people responsibly and with integrity. Their position of trust must be safeguarded. NO advantage may be taken of those in their care.

 4 No exploitation of this relationship of trust for purposes of self-gratification will be tolerated. The highest standards of care are to be maintained in all circumstances, such as pastoral care, counselling, worship, education and recreation.

 5 Any allegation of abuse or of risk to harm children and young people will be treated seriously.

 The Halkyn Mountain Parishes are ‘Safe from Harm Parishes’ and agree to work within the recommendations as set in the Home Office Publication 1993 entitled ‘Safe from Harm’ and the Code of Good Practice and Guidelines adopted and recommended by the Church in Wales, as amended from time-to time.