Clackmannan Church is blessed with a thriving community of children and teenagers. The congregation has a number of groups and events which provide teaching in the Christian faith as well as opportunities for fellowship, friendship and fun. Safeguarding is paramount, and the congregation takes very seriously its commitment to keep children, young people and vulnerable adults with which they are working safe and well.
Ensuring a Safe Church for All
The Church of Scotland has a deep concern for the wholeness and well-being of each individual. Through its congregations, working together with the Safeguarding Service and statutory agencies, the church seeks to safeguard the welfare of all people who come into contact with the church and its services.
The Gospel proclaims that it is the responsibility of everyone within the fellowship of the church to prevent harm, be it physical, sexual or emotional, and we will always seek to reduce risk.
The church’s commitment to safeguarding reminds us that God cares passionately about the welfare and well being of all people.
Church of Scotland Safeguarding Policy Statement 2010
In Clackmannan Church, safeguarding children is a top priority. Nobody is allowed to begin any of our children’s or young people’s work without having been through a strict vetting procedure.
We have a clear policy in place if a child or vulnerable person discloses information to any of our leaders and helpers. We take seriously our obligation to pass on any concerns we may have over a person’s well-being but seek to act sensitively at all times.
Want to volunteer?
If you wish to work in one of the church groups you must approach the leader of that group and first of all complete an application form. The group leader will then chat with you to give a brief job description and assess your suitability for any role. After this a PVG (Protecting Vulnerable Groups) form will be provided for you to complete and hand back with various proofs of ID etc to our Safeguarding Co-ordinator. Only after confirmation of your membership of the PVG Scheme and receipt of a valid Disclosure Certificate and submission of your name to the Kirk Session can you take up position within your chosen group.
New helpers are encouraged to borrow and read a fact file for Children’s and Young People’s Workers available from our Safeguarding Co-ordinator, or from the leader of the group which they are working in. This provides basic “do’s and don’ts” as well as advice on what to do if someone makes an allegation of abuse. Training is available from time to time and again volunteers are encouraged to attend.
Our Safeguarding Co-ordinator is Catrina Mackey. Please contact her if you have any questions or visit the Safeguarding Office pages within The Church of Scotland website at http://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/about_us/safeguarding_service