This document states the policy of the Diocese of Chester, with regard to working with vulnerable adults.
Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Policy We will develop and deliver procedures and guidelines to promote good practice by reducing the risk of someone harming an adult in the course of their work within the Church.
This document is based on The House of Bishops Vulnerable Adults Policy, 'Promoting a Safe Church (House of Bishops 2006) and the government documents 'No Secrets’ 20001 and The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006.2
It should be used in conjunction with, 'Protecting All God’s Children’ (House of Bishops 2004) and 'Responding to Domestic Abuse – guidance for those with pastoral responsibilities’ (2006). The message is that all people have the right to respect. Safeguarding adults within the Church is based on sound pastoral care and good practice.
It is subtly different from Safeguarding Children in so far as it is important to remember that safeguarding adults must be built upon empowerment or listening to the victim’s voice.
Without doing this, safeguarding may be 'experienced as safety at the expense of other qualities of life such as self determination and the right to family life.’3