Safeguarding is Gospel work.
- Thank God for the humble response of Justin Welby to the report, that the failure of the church in this area is “profoundly and deeply shocking”.
- For action nationally to recognise the sufferings of victims/survivors and offer support.
- For the National Safeguarding Team as they form policies to change practice in churches such as training and “safer recruiting” for staff and volunteers.
- For the diocesan safeguarding officers, Becca Faal and Brett Riches, for wisdom as they advise about what to do in situations, and for creativity and perseverance as they develop safeguarding within the diocese so that it is strong and robust.
- For the implementation of the safeguarding dashboard across the parishes.
- For wisdom about how to use the new safeguarding resources
- For small rural church congregations where there are not so many people to volunteer for parish safeguarding roles, safeguarding will not be side-lined.
St Matthew’s with the Minster.
- For Paul Collacott and Emma Abbey who are the parish safeguarding officers (PSO) for vulnerable adults and Stephen Ayland and Julia Sawers who are the PSO for children.
- For all the volunteers working with children and vulnerable adults as well as the PCC as they undertake the basic awareness on-line training and for commitment from everyone to get the and paperwork right.
- Give thanks that all the children’s and youth work and the vulnerable adults work have policies, risk assessments for youth and children’s work, registers, and safer recruiting practice so that as far as we know, the activities in church are safe, but prayer not to be complacent about this.
- For ourselves, some within our church family carry the scars of childhood or current abuse, that we would be sensitive to each other.
- For us all to be alert to these issues, not just in a church setting but in wider society too so that we can be more relevant and sensitive to all those we mix with.