Church Policies

Health and Safety

Our policy, so far as is reasonably practicable, is to provide and maintain safe and healthy working conditions, equipment and systems of work for all our employees, casual labour and voluntary helpers, and to provide such information, training and supervision as they need for this purpose. We will also endeavour to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of all members of the congregation, contractors, visitors and others who may visit the church, churchyard and any associated buildings.

The allocation of duties for safety matters and the particular arrangements that we will make to implement the policy are set out in the policy document, which will be kept up to date, particularly in the light of any changes to our buildings or activities. To ensure this, the policy and the way in which it has operated will be reviewed regularly and the appropriate changes made. In order to ensure that health and safety matters are kept constantly under review, an item on health and safety will be on the agenda for all meetings of the Parochial Church Council, and sub-committees (where they exist) and employees and voluntary workers will be consulted on a regular basis in order to seek their views on health and safety matters.

Any queries regarding health & safety should in the first instance be made to either the Rector or Roy Wootton (Churchwarden) via the Parish Office (tel: 01902 897700).

Safeguarding

We have a Safeguarding Policy in place covering both children and vulnerable adults and have separate Safeguarding Officers for each category.  All those people who, through their regularity of contact or duration of contact with any vulnerable person exceed the national guidelines have been registered with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), which helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).  Naturally we demand the same level of safeguarding from any organisation that wishes to make use of any of our facilities e.g. The Bede Church Hall.  If they fail to comply they will not be allowed to make use of these, or any other church facility.

Copies of the policy are displayed on the Church notice boards and in the Hand-in -Hand building where the children meet.

To speak directly to our Safeguarding Officers, see the links below;-

For children and young adults contact Tess Guest on 01902 894219

For vulnerable adults contact Ann Freeman on 01902 895075

Anyone having any real concerns about an individual should immediately contact the Rector, a Churchwarden, or a Safeguarding Officer

Data Protection

St Benedict Biscop and the Venerable Bede churches hold and process personal data about individuals for the purpose of general church administration and communication. As a church we are committed to complying with data protection law and the rights of individuals under it. We are also committed to complying with all the principles of the 1998 Data Protection Act. We recognise that this relates to all personal data, whether it is held on paper, on computer or other media.

All church staff members or volunteers who obtain, handle, process or store personal data for the two churches have to adhere to these principles.

The Data Controller of the two churches is defined as its Parochial Church Council.

Financial

We now have many of the new procedures in place as required under recent HMRC and Charities Commission legislation and are presently working on the remaining ones.  In view of our level of income all our annual accounts are externally audited.

Note: Copies of all our policies may be viewed/obtained from the Parish Office located on the ground floor of the Hand in Hand, Church Road, Wombourne, WV5 9EZ, by phone (01902 897700) or by email (parishoffice@stbenedictbiscop.org.uk).