The protection from harm of children and adults who may be vulnerable is of paramount importance to all chaplaincies and congregations of the Diocese of Europe, in the Netherlands and throughout the Continent.  We comply with the requirements of the Diocese’s Safeguarding Policy.

We do not tolerate the abuse of children or adults in any form.

We are committed to:

  • The care, nurture, and respectful pastoral ministry for all children, young persons and adults
  • The safeguarding and protection of all children, young persons and adults who may be vulnerable
  • The establishing of a safe, caring community which provides a loving environment where there is a culture of ‘informed vigilance’ as to the dangers of abuse.
  • The careful selection and training of all those with any safeguarding responsibility within the Church, including the use of available criminal records disclosures and relevant vetting and barring schemes (Verklaring Omtrent Gedrag i.e. VOG).
  • Preventing abuse or the likelihood of abuse by encouraging and adopting a pro-active stance to safeguarding – every safeguarding concern will be taken seriously.
  • Ensuring that any concern about safeguarding must be passed onto someone in the Diocesan Safeguarding Team where there are no legal barriers to sharing such concerns.
  • Responding without delay to every complaint made which suggests that a child, young person or adult may have been harmed – co-operating with the local police, relevant local agencies and any other relevant body (eg other faith groups) in any investigation.
  • Seeking to work with anyone in our church communities who has suffered abuse, developing with them an appropriate ministry of informed pastoral care and referral to the proper authorities.
  • Seeking to challenge any abuse of power, especially by anyone in a position of trust.
  • Seeking to offer the appropriate pastoral care and support, including supervision and referral to the proper authorities, to any member of our church community known to have offended against a child, young person or vulnerable adult.

Contact details for the Diocesan Safeguarding Team (for advice, guidance or support), together with further information about our diocesan safeguarding policy and resources can be found on the diocesan website.

Additionally, each chaplaincy and congregation has its own Safeguarding Officer, to whom any safeguarding concerns and incidents can be reported. Please see each chaplaincy’s website for contact information.