We want everyone to be Welcome and Safe at St James

Did you know keeping people safe at St James’ doesn’t happen by accident? We have two Safeguarding Coordinators who do the things we need to do to keep children and vulnerable people safe. Our staff and volunteer teams receive regular training in safeguarding and are accountable to each other and to their leaders.

Simon Bickersteth Lightened

Simon Bickersteth

(Priest in charge)

01228 319830

simon@stjamescarlisle.org.uk

Jane

Jane Clark

(Adults)

01228 711183

safeguarding@stjamescarlisle.org.uk

Michelle

Michelle Graham

(Children/Youth)

01228 381957

safeguardingchildren@stjamescarlisle.org.uk

We promise to do all we can to create a safe, happy environment for everyone.

So, if you are:

  • Concerned about anyone who volunteers at St James or at Cornerstone
  • Worried that a child or vulnerable person known to us might be the subject of abuse

……don’t keep your concerns to yourself –  please contact us!

To view our 2019 safeguarding policy please CLICK HERE

To view the Church of England’s Safeguarding Policy for children, young people and adults – Promoting a Safer Church CLICK HERE

Volunteering at St James

We are very grateful to all our volunteers at St James and Cornerstone. We have in the order of 100 marvellous people who give us their time, skills and expertise to enable us to continue our work with children and the wider local community. We do have a responsibility to ensure that anyone who represents St James in these roles is carefully selected and trained for their role and is supported ‘on the job’.

Safer recruiting

If you are thinking of volunteering with us please have a look at our ‘Welcome’ booklet which explains the process in some detail.

It may look a bit complicated – but we are here to help if you have any queries.

To see the Welcome booklet, click here.

You will also need to complete a Registration and declaration form. To download this, click here.

You may wish to read our policy on recruitment of offenders. To download this, click here.

If you have any queries do get in touch with:

Support for you as a volunteer

Every volunteer at St James works as part of a team. You will have a team leader who is there to support and guide you- so don’t be afraid to ask for help or advice if you need it.

Carlisle Diocese offers excellent safeguarding training – both as online packages and training sessions. The Welcome booklet explains what training is needed for your role. Details of the training packages is available at: www.carlislediocese.org.uk/our-diocese/safeguarding/safeguarding-training.html

We have also produced some information booklets ourselves which we hope you will find helpful:

Download booklet for those working with children

Download booklet for those working with adults who may have vulnerabilities

Download booklet for those working in the Prayer Team

Download booklet for those working on the Visiting Team

Download booklet for those working on the Visiting Team

Download booklet for those working with at Cornerstone

What to do if:

You have concerns about possible abuse (including allegations)

  • In an emergency respond immediately
  • Consult with the person to whom you are responsible
  • Decide together whether to seek advice or to make an immediate referral
  • Keep a record of what happened, your concerns and your actions
  • Inform your vicar or Parish Safeguarding Officer
  • Only tell others who need to know
  • Do not alert the possible perpetrator

A child, young person or adult wishes to disclose that they have been abused

  • Keep Listening. Do not question or investigate
  • Do not promise confidentiality; tell them we need to share this
  • Assure them that they are not to blame
  • Tell them what you are going to do and that they will be told what will happen next
  • Make a careful note of what is said, record dates, times, events and when you are told
  • Report it to the person to whom you are responsible and you Vicar or Parish Safeguarding Officer
  • Only tell those who need to know
  • Call the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor for further advice or if not available inform Social Services and the Police and speak to the Advisor later

Things to remember:

  • Treat everyone with respect, setting a positive example for others
  • Respect personal space and privacy
  • Ensure another adult is present or within sight of any activity
  • Ensure any actions cannot be misrepresented by someone else
  • Challenge unacceptable behavior
  • Do not put anyone, including yourself in a vulnerable or compromising position
  • Do not have inappropriate physical or verbal contact with others
  • For policy and good practice refer to the Carlisle Diocese Safeguarding policy

www.carlislediocese.org.uk/our-diocese/safeguarding/safeguarding-policy.html

Who else can be contacted in an emergency?

Our Diocesan Safeguarding Officer is Charles Proctor safeguarding.adviser@carlislediocese.org.uk  07458 0168840

Children – Children’s Services 0333 240 1727

Vulnerable Adults – our local Adult Social Services Office is at: 3rd Floor, Cumbria House, 117 Botchergate, Carlisle, CA1 1RD carlislessd@cumbria.gov.uk 0300 303 3249

To contact the Police in an emergency dial 999

Other useful contacts:

Child Abuse

NSPCC www.nspcc.org.uk 0808 800 500

Childline www.childline.org.uk 0800 1111

Churches Child Protection www.ccpas.co.uk 0845 120 4550

Advisory Service

Resources and advice on safeguarding in churches

Domestic Violence

Victim Support Cumbriaidsva@victimsupport.org.uk 0300 303 3797

Churches Together in Cumbria   Rosemary Campbell 07778220810 Churches Together DV Champion

Sexual abuse

Stop it now www.stopitnow.org.uk 0808 1000 900 A confidential helpline for people with concerns about child sexual abuse which gives advice support and information

The Bridgeway www.thebridgeway.org.uk 0808 118 6432 Based in Penrith, The Bridgeway is a dedicated service that helps men, women, children and young people in Cumbria who have been raped or sexually assaulted, either recently or in the past.

St James' Church
St James' Rd
Carlisle
CA2 5PD

Opening Times: Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 4.00pm