North Curry Parish Church


Statement of Intent by the Parish of St Peter and St Paul, North Curry
Dated: 19 November 2012

The Church is required by God to foster relationships of the utmost integrity, truthfulness and trustworthiness.

The priest, wardens and PCC of this parish will seek to ensure that the working environments within their sphere of control are supportive towards all our clergy, Reader, employed staff, volunteers and laity. This includes adoption and implementation of this statement of intent, and being prepared to challenge inappropriate behaviour and take action if such behaviour is evidenced or observed.

Our Parish has adopted the following principles:

  • A Commitment to promoting dignity and respect for all.
  • Zero tolerance of bullying and harassment.
  • That nobody should be made to feel unwelcome or alone.

The following are examples of behaviours that are acceptable and unacceptable in our community.

The behaviours that we wish to model
in our parish are:
The behaviours that are not welcome
in our parish are:
  • Actively listening to others
  • Apologising when something goes wrong
  • Promoting inclusiveness
  • Dealing with conflict constructively
  • Demonstrating a willingness to cooperate and work together
  • Forgiveness when things go wrong
  • Providing support and help to others
  • Respecting the authority and decisions of others
  • Speaking up for others
  • Thanking and recognising the effort and contribution of others
  • Treating others with dignity and respect
  • Valuing the opinions of others
  • Being hostile to others or making them feel unwelcome
  • Causing offence, distress or humiliation to others
  • Constantly criticising others' work or efforts
  • Constantly highlighting mistakes/errors made by others
  • Ignoring or excluding individuals
  • Ignoring the views of others
  • Making false allegations of others
  • Making insulting or abusive comments about others
  • Pointing fingers, invading personal space, blocking or barring the ay of others
  • Shouting at or being abusive to others
  • Spreading rumours/gossip about others
  • Threatening violence or physically attacking others
  • Unwelcome sexual advances
  • Using malicious or insulting language
  • Withholding information from others to isolate them

Everyone in the community is charged with the following responsibilities in order to ensure the prevention and tackling of bullying and harassment in our parish:

  • Behaving in ways which support a non-hostile environment for ourselves and those around us
  • Being supportive of others
  • Challenging inappropriate behaviour and speaking up for others
  • Taking action where we observe or have evidence that someone is being bullied or harassed.

If someone feels they are being subjected to inappropriate behaviour they should:

  • Talk to the individual who they feel is behaving inappropriately towards them. It may be that the person is unaware of the effect they are having on you. You may want to discuss with them the following points:
    • A clear description of the behaviour that is causing problems
    • The feeling that this behaviour evokes, for example " I feel upset" or "I feel hurt".
    • What your needs are: " I want to feel included", "I want to be respected"
    • A request for a specific action that is reasonable and practical. For example, "When we're in meetings, I would like you to include me", "When you talk to me, I would like you to use my name"
  • Where this is difficult or doesn't resolve the issue you may wish to get someone else to act on your behalf, for example by speaking to the priest or churchwarden or lay pastoral assistant where they exist. Mediation involving a third neutral person can help to resolve conflict and concerns at an early stage to prevent matters escalating by attempting to reach agreement about how those involved will interact in the future which might include an agreement to modify behaviour.
  • If a member of the clergy or Reader is the perpetrator and it has not been possible to resolve the matter locally then you could contact the Archdeacon of Taunton, Simon Hill.



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