Policies and Procedures

Here you will find the policies, procedures and terms of reference for Holy Trinity, Prestwood.

The care and protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults involved in Church activities is the responsibility of the whole Church. Everyone who participates in the life of the Church has a role to play in promoting a Safer Church for all. The Church of England safeguarding policy statement is based on 5 foundations and offers 6 overarching policy commitments:

  • Promoting a Safer environment and culture
  • Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children, young people and vulnerable adults within the Church
  • Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation
  • Caring pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse and other affected persons
  • Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns or allegations of abuse and other affected persons
  • Responding to those that may pose a present risk to others.

This policy applies to all Church Bodies and Church Officers. Full understanding of, and adherence to, our policies should lead to a deepening in the understanding of, and respect for, the rights of children, young people and vulnerable adults as people of faith in the life of the Church. Here are our safeguarding policies, which are renewed every year.

If you need to contact someone regarding safeguarding or child protection, please get hold of our Safeguarding Contacts.

Safeguarding Officer
Children's Advocate

The 'Promoting a Safer Church' document is publicised and promoted, and available to all Church Officers.

Access the 'Parish Safeguarding handbook and other C of E  resources.

Our Health and Safety policy is a really simple. We've thought about everything we do, and if you follow these simple procedures you'll know that you are being safe—protecting yourself and other people. And, as a church, it means we can let people get on with activities without worry. The Health and Safety Policy is really simple to use. Download the policy relating to your activity. (These policies are also printed, and copies are placed in suitable locations.) In each policy document you'll find a short description of the risks we've identified and a table of actions to take to minimise and manage the risks. Make sure you, and anyone you're working with, follows those Required Actions. It's as simple as that. It is absolutely imperative that people follow the Required Actions for the activity they are undertaking. If we use our common sense and follow the Required Actions we know we are safe. If we don't, we are not safe, and we are creating risks for ourselves and others—both physical risks, and risks of liability if something goes wrong. So please follow these simple policies and enjoy what you do!

Your privacy is important to us. We collect, use, record and destroy data in line with our Privacy Policy.

We welcome children and other baptised Christians to receive communion in our church. This policy outlines our welcome to those who wish to receive communion before confirmation.

Pcc Members (the Trustees) of HTP have a duty to act in the best interests of HTP and must not use their position as a trustee to their own personal benefit. Conflicts of interest occur when a trustee’s personal or business interests or the interests of any person or organisation to which the trustee is connected conflict, or have the potential to conflict, with the interests of HTP.

The Holy Trinity, Prestwood policy for transporting vulnerable adults and children.

Terms of reference for sub-committees.

This policy describes the controls, limits and responsibilities that assure the financial accountability of expenditure within the church.

Christ’s command is that we love one another as he has loved us, so caring for others is the responsibility of us all. Our Pastoral Care Policy sets out the basic principles under which this care is offered, the way in which attention must be given to safeguarding the vulnerable, and confidentiality. Those authorised to give more focused pastoral care are required to confirm that they will adhere to the terms of this Policy.

This policy sets out the procedure by which ashes are interred in the churchyard of Holy Trinity, Prestwood following the installation of the Ashes Garden Memorial in 2021.

Our work continues, but our income is now significantly reduced. Please support us by donating securely online and help fund the work of Holy Trinity, Prestwood.

The Parochial Church Council of the Ecclesiastical Parish of Holy Trinity, Prestwood is a registered charity, no. 1129233.

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