We have a full range of policies covering health and safety, safeguarding and hiring of our facilities for example. We are happy to make available any of our policies to those who might be interested, but here are the ones which are of particular importance
PCC Safeguarding Policy Statement 2015
The Parish of St Andrew, Fulham Fields
Every person has a value and dignity which comes directly from the creation of male and female in God’s own image and likeness. Christians see this potential as fulfilled by God’s re-creation of us in Christ. This implies a duty to value all people as bearing the image of God and therefore to protect them from harm.
- We accept and endorse the principles set out in ‘Safeguarding in the Diocese of London’.
- We commit ourselves to nurture, protect and safeguard all our members, particularly children, young people and vulnerable adults.
- We recognise that safeguarding is the responsibility of the whole church community.
- We undertake to exercise proper care in the selection, appointment, training and support of those working in both paid and voluntary positions with children or vulnerable adults, including the use of Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosures and making appropriate referrals to the Disclosure and Barring Service.
- We will respond without delay to concerns or allegations that a child or vulnerable adult may have been harmed, cooperating with the police and social care services in any investigation.
- We will challenge any abuse of power by anyone in a position of trust.
- We will seek to offer pastoral care and support to anyone who has suffered abuse, developing with them appropriate pastoral support.
- We will seek to offer 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.
The PCC of this Church agreed and adopted the above Policy at its meeting on 18th May 2015
We have appointed Verna Ridge as our Church Safeguarding Officer and Kelly Henderson as our Children’s Champion.
Copies of the Parish’s Safeguarding Children and Young People’s policy and Safeguarding Adults at Risk policy are held by: Penny McCarthy, Parish Administrator in the Parish Office
Policy for the use of the Church and Star Centre
- By Groups Promoting other religions or beliefs.
We welcome people and groups of other religions and beliefs who wish to use our Centre for purposes consistent with the mission of the Church. Indeed we share many values and goals with other faiths, and a wish to build shared understanding and tolerance.The PCC wishes to ensure that the Centre is not used to promote activities or teaching which contradict our Christian faith; for example preaching or teaching which argues, implicitly or explicitly that our faith is wrong.This statement aims to ensure the purpose for which the Centre is being used is consistent with our Christian faith. It does not aim to restrict or affect the “type of people” who use it. All people are more than welcome in our Centre.Examples of activities which would be seen as consistent with our mission:
- A social event for those of other religions or beliefs, eg party, wedding celebration. If this involved an element of prayer or worship but this was not the primary purpose of the event, this could be consistent with our mission.
- An event organised by a group with non-Christian beliefs, whose primary purpose was to help members of the community in practical or other ways. If this involved an element of prayer or worship but this was not the primary purpose of the event, this could be consistent with our mission.
- A dialogue meeting between Christians and those of other religions, involving listening and learning together about one another’s religious understandings.
Examples of activities which would not be seen as consistent with our mission:
- A gathering of people of other religions or beliefs for which the primary purpose is worship.
- A teaching event which contradicts, explicitly or implicitly, the central tenets of the Christian faith and/or seeks to promote another religion or belief.
- An event which preached or argued for intolerance, injustice or war or was organised by a group whose objectives were based on these arguments.
Other activities which may require discussion:
Events which involve teaching about other religions. We would want to explore whether this could be done as part of a wider but carefully designed educational programme
This is a complex area and we would welcome further discussion and dialogue with other religious communities to help us refine our policy.
- By groups whose activities we regard as inimical to Christian belief, morals and behaviour
As followers of Jesus Christ, we will not permit our facilities to be used for purposes, whether lawful or not, which we believe to be inconsistent with the life and teachings of JesusSuch purposes would include for example activities which:
- promote division or discrimination between people
- encourage or condone violence, incitement to hatred or aggression
- perform or promote inappropriate sexual behaviour
- encourage the abuse of alcohol, the use of narcotic or other substances harmful to physical or spiritual wellbeing
Health & Safety Policy
A general statement of policy (The full Health and Safety policy covers all aspects and is available in the church office)
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 below.
The policy 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 & Safety matters are kept constantly under review, an item on Health & Safety will be on the agenda for meetings of the Parochial Church Council where necessary, 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 & Safety matters.
Web Site Policies
St Andrew’s is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.
St Andrew’s may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is effective from 1st January 2014
What we collect
We may collect the following information:
- name and job title
- contact information including email address
- demographic information such as postcode, preferences and interests
What we do with the information we gather
We require this information to understand your needs and provide you with a better service, and in particular for the following reasons:
- Internal record keeping.
- We may use the information to improve our services.
- We may periodically send promotional email about new services, activities or other information which we think you may find interesting using the email address which you have provided.
- From time to time, we may also use your information to contact you for market research purposes. We may contact you by email, phone, fax or mail.
- We may use the information to customise the website according to your interests.
We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.
A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer’s hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.
We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system.
Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.
You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.
Links to other websites
Our website may contain links to enable you to visit other websites of interest easily. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.
Controlling your personal information
You may choose to restrict the collection or use of your personal information in the following ways:
- whenever you are asked to fill in a form on the website, look for the box that you can click to indicate that you do not want the information to be used by anybody for direct marketing purposes
- if you have previously agreed to us using your personal information for direct marketing purposes, you may change your mind at any time by writing to or emailing us
- We will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission or are required by law to do so. We may use your personal information to send you promotional information about third parties which we think you may find interesting if you tell us that you wish this to happen.
You may request details of personal information which we hold about you under the Data Protection Act 1998. A small fee will be payable. If you would like a copy of the information held on you please write to St Andrew’s church, Greyhound Road, London W14 9SA
If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please write to or email us as soon as possible, at the above address. We will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect.