All activities involving young people at St. Pancras Church are covered by a detailed Child Protection Policy. The following statement outlines the principles which underpin the policy.
Statement on Child Protection
The Vicar and PCC of St Pancras Church believe that it is always unacceptable for a child or young person to experience abuse of any kind and recognise their responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children and young people, by a commitment to practice which protects them.
We recognise that:
- the welfare of the child/young person is paramount
- all children, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity, have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse
- working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare.
The purpose of this policy:
- To provide protection for all children and young people attending St Pancras Church’s clubs and groups.
- To provide staff and volunteers with guidance on procedures they should adopt in the event that they suspect a child or young person may be experiencing, or be at risk of, harm.
This policy applies to all paid staff and volunteers working on behalf of St Pancras Church.
We will seek to safeguard children and young people by:
- valuing them, listening to and respecting them
- adopting child protection guidelines through procedures and a code of conduct for staff and volunteers
- recruiting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made
- sharing information about child protection and good practice with children, parents, staff and volunteers
- sharing information about concerns with agencies who need to know, involving parents and children appropriately
- providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision, support and training.
- Taking care of and limiting access to children’s personal information records.
We are also committed to reviewing our policy and good practice annually.
To download a PDF copy of the full Child Protection Policy, please click here.
Supported by Christian professional footballers Faith & Football have established 6-a-side Community Leagues and Youth Clubs for young boys and girls. There are currently 15 inner city leagues in Portsmouth, Birmingham and Plymouth serving over 600 children and their families on a weekly basis.
Darren Moore of Barnsley FC is the Patron of the Birmingham Leagues, Rory Fallon of Plymouth Argyle is the Patron of the Plymouth Leagues with Linvoy Primus of Portsmouth FC heading up the Pompey Leagues.
These activities not only provide an opportunity for promoting a healthy lifestyle but also an environment where young people can be encouraged and life skills can be imparted by positive role models.
In addition to playing football they also benefit from a variety of fun days, activity holidays, family day trips and mums and dads programmes. We are helping to promote family cohesion and build individual confidence, self worth, the value of community and a positive lifestyle as we serve in this way.
During the Summer Holidays, young people at St. Pancras have the opportunity to go with leaders on residential camps and holidays. These holidays are safe and fun and aim to build on the Bible teaching which takes place in our groups all year round.
This summer we will be supporting the following camp:
Explorer B - Hants & Dorset Youth Camp (August)
Young People in our Live Wires group (8-10s) are invited to join Phil and Chris Baul on this week-long camp on the Dorset coast. Bookings are now open, please pick up a brochure.
ASAP CU is a place to find friendship with other Christians in the school and a place to come if you have questions about Christianity, God, Jesus, the Bible…whatever you can think of!
It’s a relaxed meeting to encourage the Christian students and to welcome those who want to find out more. Things we’ve studied recently include defending our faith and learning how to become a ‘contagious’ Christian.
We meet during Tuesday lunchtime in the Chapel on Level 3. 1:10-1:40 and 1:40-2:10. ASAP is free of charge, just drop in and see what you can discover!
SAS (Saints and Sinners) is a group for year 7-9 students which runs in the chapel of All Saints Academy on a Thursday lunchtime. We look at the Bible to see what it has to say about some of the BIG questions of life for young people. Through quizzes, games, multimedia and discussion, we discover more about Jesus. It is a fun club with prizes, snacks and just time to chat and make friends.