The international church on Lake Como

Church of the Ascension, Cadenabbia

Safeguarding Policy

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

Specifically, within our chaplaincy we are committed to:

  • The care, nurture and respectful pastoral ministry of all children, young persons and adults.
  • The safeguarding and protection of all children, young persons and adults who may be vulnerable.
  • The establishing of safe, caring communities which provide a loving environment where there is a culture of ‘informed vigilance’ as to the dangers of all forms 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.
  • Preventing the abuse or likelihood of abuse by encouraging and adopting a pro-active stance to safeguarding, responding to the slightest concern whether by rumour, speculation or from an anonymous source – every safeguarding concern will be taken seriously.
  • Ensuring that any concern about safeguarding must be passed on to someone in the Diocesan Safeguarding Team as there are no legal barriers to sharing such concerns.
  • Responding without delay to every complaint made which suggests that a child, young person or vulnerable adult may have been harmed – co-operating with the local police, relevant local agencies and any other relevant body (e.g. other faith groups) in any investigation.
  • Seeking to work with anyone who has suffered abuse, developing with them an appropriate ministry of informed pastoral care.
  • Seeking to challenge any abuse of power, especially by anyone in a position of trust.
  • Seeking 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.

Adopted by Church Council on 12th November 2020

Reviewed November 2021

Our church safeguarding officer is Elizabeth Haddock who can be contacted on