Welcome to the La Côte Safeguarding page
Thank you for visiting this important page where we would like to set out a basic description of what safeguarding means and what the role of a Safeguarding officer is.
What is Safeguarding?
Archbishop Welby describes Safeguarding as “The action a Church takes to promote a safer culture in all our churches.” Our Bishop, the Right Reverend Dr. Robert Innes, prioritizes safeguarding saying: “We have a duty before our Lord to enable the church to be a safe and secure place for all vulnerable groups.” Safeguarding is about the quality of our relationship with one another and the steps we take to protect our children and the vulnerable. Safeguarding does not create an environment of suspicion and mistrust. On the contrary, a safer church environment is a healthier and happier place.
Why has this been put in place?
To protect the vulnerable from abuse. There are more and more cases of abuse being reported in the media not just in the church environment, but in our daily life.
Who is it for?
It is for everyone. We are working with children and the immigrant community at La Cote and we can all live next door to someone in distress.
Who is responsible for Safeguarding in our Chaplaincy?
The Chaplain and the Council, as well as the Safeguarding officers appointed by them. At La Cote, we have a Safeguarding team: Christine Warren, Cate Bichara and Liz Martinez. The Council commits to a written safeguarding statement which is renewed annually. This is on display at both Gingins and Divonne churches.
What is the role of a Safeguarding Officer?
To implement the Safeguarding Policy set out by and based on the current best practices of the Church of England. This document provides guidelines and sets the standards to which we are all required to work.
The role is two–fold:
- Safeguarding officers are responsible for contacting all those working with children and the vulnerable within the Chaplaincy, who need to follow the Safeguarding process and to guide them through standard background checks. They also encourage them to understand fully the implications of their roles by following the Church of England e-learning basic training courses and attending a further day course. Our team’s particular objective is to create awareness about abuse by facilitating access to the basic online e-training through meetings, open to all the congregation. This creates an atmosphere of togetherness and trust, where volunteers, newcomers and long-term parishioners have an opportunity to come together to share their thoughts.
- Safeguarding officers can be the point of contact for any reports of abuse. They deal with these reports according to the policy and in confidence.
If you would like to learn more about safeguarding, or have concerns about abuse, do not hesitate to contact Christine, Cate and Liz who would be happy to talk to you. We are always ready to advise or seek information on safeguarding related topics for this chaplaincy. Come and see us after church services or contact us by email.
Best wishes Christine, Cate, and Liz