Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility

Safeguarding all people is an important aspect of the wider role of pastoral and spiritual care provided in Spiritual Direction.

The Annunciation Trust supports the ministry of Spiritual Direction and underpins this with a clear and agreed safeguarding policy.

The Trust takes seriously the welfare of all people who are involved in its activities.

Therefore the Trust recognises that it is the responsibility of each of its members to minimise the potential for any form of abuse including but not limited to the following: neglect, physical, sexual, spiritual, financial, psychological, or emotional abuse, and to report any abuse discovered or suspected. Each member of the Trust has a responsibility to report any abuse discovered or suspected.

All within the Trust should:

  • have knowledge of local and national safeguarding legislation and policies as applying to Spiritual Direction and abide by those frameworks within which they minister
  • be alert to potential indicators of abuse
  • be alert to the risks which individual abusers, or potential abusers, may pose
  • contribute to whatever actions are needed to safeguard and promote an individual’s welfare

We recognise there are two ways safeguarding applies to the work of the Trust:

  1. In the context of the Trust’s meetings of its members
  2. In the context of individual spiritual direction provided by its members

In the context of the Trust’s meetings

The Trust aims to ensure that all participants are welcomed into a safe environment.

The Trust recognises its responsibility to implement, maintain, and regularly review policies, which are designed to prevent and to be alert to abuse.

Any safeguarding concerns regarding the Trust, its meetings, and its members should be addressed to the designated person with responsibility for Safeguarding in the Trust.

This person will be responsible for referring the matter appropriately with regard to local and national safeguarding legislation and policies.

In Spiritual Direction provided by its members

Members aim to ensure that all directees are welcomed into a safe, caring environment.

Members offering spiritual direction in the context of other organisations (e.g. Dioceses) will be subject to those organisations’ safeguarding policies and practices.

Members will ensure that they have due regard for their own safety when meeting directees.

Any safeguarding concerns regarding the practice of its members should be addressed to the designated person with responsibility for Safeguarding in the Trust. This person will be responsible for referring the matter appropriately with regard to local and national safeguarding legislation and policies as applying to Spiritual Direction.

Any safeguarding concerns regarding the directees or members should in the first instance follow the procedures set out by the diocese or church community of which the director is a part.

Approved by the Trustees: 27 May 2022