Church Safeguarding Policy Statement: South London Japanese Church
The trustees and all members of South London Japanese Church are determined to ensure that all people in contact with and involved in South London Japanese Church are appropriately cared for and nurtured, particularly children, young people and vulnerable adults.
✴ We recognise that our work with children, young people and vulnerable adults is the responsibility of the whole church community
✴ We are committed to implementing appropriate safeguarding practices and policies with the goal of ensuring that all those participating in our activities are safe and protected from abuse of any kind. While South London Japanese Church is not affiliated with the Church of England, the trustees have reviewed the Parish Safeguarding Handbook which has been prepared by that church and intend to adhere to applicable parts of that handbook, when carrying out church activities. The handbook can be accessed at:
✴ We will carefully select and train ordained and lay ministers, volunteers and paid workers with children, young people and vulnerable adults. Disclosure and Barring Service checks will be implemented to check the background of each person.
✴ We will respond, without delay, to every complaint made that a child, young person or vulnerable adult, for whom we are responsible, may have been harmed.
✴ We will co-operate fully with statutory agencies during any investigation concerning a member of the church community.
✴ We will seek to offer informed pastoral care to any child or children, young person or adult who has suffered abuse.
✴ We will care for and supervise any member of the church community known to have offended against a child.
✴ We will review this policy annually and as part of this process will ensure that all our procedures, particularly in relation to the Disclosure and Barring Service, are up to date. The DBS checks will be renewed every three years.
Our Safeguarding Co-ordinator is: Mrs Yukiko Shimizu
A copy of this statement will be displayed at church premises