Melbourne Parish Church

Parish Safeguarding Policy

The following policy was agreed at the PCC meeting held on 16th May 2019

We are committed to:

  • The care, nurture of, and respectful pastoral ministry with, all children and all adults.
  • The safeguarding and protection of all children, young people and vulnerable adults.
  • The establishing of safe, caring communities which provide a loving environment where there is a culture of ‘informed vigilance’ as to the dangers of abuse.

We will carefully select and train all those with any responsibility within the Church, in line with safer recruitment principles, including the use of Disclosure and Barring Service criminal records checks.

We will respond without delay to every complaint made which suggests that an adult, child or young person may have been harmed, co-operating with the police and local authority in any investigation and we will have a clear reporting procedure in place.

We will seek to work with anyone who has suffered abuse, developing with him or her an appropriate ministry of informed pastoral care.

We will seek to challenge any abuse of power, especially by anyone in a position of trust.

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.

In all these principles we will follow statute, guidance and recognised good practice.

We will follow the Diocesan policy regarding DBS checking and Safeguarding Training. This policy can be found on the Diocese of Derby website at A copy of this document is also available at the back of church.

We will review this policy annually, check that our policies are up to date, and supply a copy of the updated policy statement to the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser.

Please contact the Rector, Rev Steve Short, for any Safeguarding questions. He can be contacted at:

The Rectory, Church Square, Church Street, Melbourne, Derbyshire DE73 8JH

  or  01332 864741

Our Safeguarding Officers are:

Mrs. Rosalind Bell - 01332 863139

Mr Nigel Coupe - 01332 864842

The Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor is Julian Hodgson and he can be contacted on 01332 388678