The Foundation aims to offer a caring environment where those who have experienced abuse of any kind can report or disclose it and where they can find support and best practice that contributes to the prevention of abuse and support in their recovery.
In particular, The Queen’s Foundation aims to:
- reduce the risk of significant harm to vulnerable people from abuse or other types of exploitation, while listening to and supporting individuals.
- ensure safeguarding is everybody’s business, playing its part in preventing, detecting and reporting neglect and abuse; and making sure arrangements are in place locally to protect those least able to protect themselves.
The Queen’s Foundation is committed to:
- The care and nurture of, and respectful pastoral ministry with, all children and adults
- The safeguarding and protection of all children and adults when they are vulnerable.
- The establishing of a safe, caring community which provides an environment where
there is informed vigilance as to the dangers of abuse.
- We will carefully select and train all those with any responsibility within the Queen’s
Community, in line with Safer Recruitment principles, including but not limited to the
use of criminal records disclosures.
- We will respond without delay to every complaint made which suggests that an adult or
child may have been harmed, cooperating with the police and local authority in any
- We will seek to work with anyone who has suffered abuse, developing with them an
appropriate ministry of informed pastoral care.
- We will seek to challenge any abuse of power, especially by anyone in a position of
- We will seek to offer pastoral care and support, including supervision and referral to the
proper authorities, to any member of the Queen’s community known to have offended
against a child or vulnerable adult.
In all these principles we will follow legislation, guidance and recognised good practice.
As an ecumenical foundation, Queen’s has particular responsibilities in relation to those training for authorised ministry in the Church of England and the Methodist Church and follows the guidance of both denominations.
In our various teaching programmes for both ordinands, licenced lay ministry candidates as well as independent students, our Safeguarding policies and practice guidance are based on both the Church of England and the Methodist Church.
Designated Officer for Safeguarding
Deacon Julie Hudson
Tel 0121 452 2660 (phone 07847 755856 out of hours)
If you are concerned that someone is at risk of, or is being abused, or presents a risk to others, please seek advice from the Queen’s Foundation Designated Officer for Safeguarding using the contact details above.
If you are concerned that a child or vulnerable adult may be at immediate risk, contact the police on 999.
The Queen’s Foundation Safeguarding Policy and guidance leaflet are available in pdf form on the links below.