Presentation on theme: "Jill Sandham Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser"— Presentation transcript:
1 Jill Sandham Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser Safeguarding children and adults who may be vulnerable Training for Workers with Children and Vulnerable Adults 2009Jill Sandham Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser
2 A Safe Church A Safe Church The Diocese of SouthwarkSafe or unsafe?A father bathes with his five year old daughterA woman cares for her father by drawing money from his bank account, shopping for him, and keeping the changeA husband does not allow his wife access to any money except what he gives her each weekA severely depressed woman cares alone for her two children under 5.Jill
3 A Safe Church A Safe Church The Diocese of SouthwarkTerminologyWho is a child?All children and young people under the age of 18Who is a vulnerable adult?Any adult aged 18 or over who, by reason of mental or other disability, age, illness or other situation is permanently or for the time being unable to take care of him or herself, or to protect him or herself against significant harm or exploitation.TimActivity - Quiz exercise
4 What factors may make adults vulnerable? A Safe ChurchA Safe ChurchThe Diocese of SouthwarkWhat factors may make adults vulnerable?AgePhysical or mental healthPhysical or learning disabilityBereavement and relationship breakdownHistory of abuseHistory of offendingSubstance or alcohol dependenceTim
5 What factors may make adults vulnerable? A Safe ChurchA Safe ChurchThe Diocese of SouthwarkWhat factors may make adults vulnerable?Implications:Vulnerability is not a permanent stateVulnerability is not always visibleAll of us are vulnerable at different times of lifeVulnerable people may also pose risk and cause harm.Tim
6 A Safe Church A Safe Church The Diocese of SouthwarkTerminologyWhat is domestic abuse?Any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality.Tim
7 Challenges of the church environment A Safe ChurchA Safe ChurchThe Diocese of SouthwarkChallenges of the church environmentWe welcome all comers Our membership is fluid – we never know who may turn up, and often know little about themWe may have both an alleged victim and an alleged perpetrator as members of our communityWe attract vulnerable people10.40Tim
8 Challenges of the church environment A Safe ChurchA Safe ChurchThe Diocese of SouthwarkChallenges of the church environment Leaders are not professionally trained to work with vulnerable people Those in prominent roles – especially clergy – are perceived as people who can be trusted Blurring of boundaries between church and home life - potential opportunities for grooming.10.40Tim
9 A Safe Church A Safe Church The Diocese of SouthwarkScenario 1A 9 year old child who comes to church without his parents is generally disruptive in Sunday School. He can be physically aggressive to other children, swears a lot, and doesn’t concentrate on the activities set.How can you include the child, keep others safe and enable the group to participate in the activities?Ref: pages 4-7 to 4-9;4-15; 4-41 to 4-43
10 A Safe Church A Safe Church The Diocese of SouthwarkScenario 2Someone tells you something in confidence – a mother of two young children in the children’s club says that her husband is abusing her; or someone you visit tells you that her carer is taking money from her purse.What would you do/who would you tell?Ref: pages 6-3; 6-6 to 6.8; 6-17; 9-17 to 9-18
11 A Safe Church A Safe Church The Diocese of SouthwarkScenario 3A member of your congregation has severe mobility impairment, uses a wheelchair and has limited verbal communication.How would you ensure that the church is a safe environment for her, and that she is treated with respect and has choices?Ref: pages 4-11 to 4-13; 4-15 to 4-16
12 A Safe Church A Safe Church The Diocese of SouthwarkScenario 4Mr B starts attending your church. After a week or two he tells you that he has a past conviction which related to a child (who was then his stepdaughter), but that he was wrongly convicted.Who may be at risk of harm?What action would you need to take?What is your responsibility towards Mr B?
13 A Safe Church A Safe Church The Diocese of SouthwarkScenario 5 You have a pastoral team, co-ordinated by your SPA; members have various roles, including: taking communion to those who are housebound; visiting those who are sick; follow-up visits to bereaved people of funerals done in the parish; transporting people to and from church.What are the safeguarding issues?Who needs protection?What guidelines would you need to ensure are in place?