Safeguarding

Safeguarding Policy Statement

Children and Young People

  • As members of this church, we commit ourselves to the nurturing, protection and safekeeping of all, especially children and young people.
  • It is the responsibility of each one of us to prevent the physical, sexual and emotional abuse of children and young people, and to report any abuse discovered or suspected.
  • We recognise that our work with children and young people is the responsibility of the whole church.
  • We undertake to exercise proper care in the selection and appointment of those working with children and young people, whether paid or volunteer.
  • The church is committed to supporting, resourcing and training those who work with children and young people, and to providing supervision.
  • The church is committed to following the Home Office code of practice Safe from Harm and adopts the guidelines and procedures published by the Baptist Union of Great Britain in its publication Safe to Grow.
  • Each worker with children and young people must know the recommendations and undertake to observe them. Each shall be given a copy of the church’s agreed procedures and Good Practice Guidelines.
  • The contact details of officers including the Youth Worker, Designated Person for Safeguarding for Children, and the church Minister, will be displayed on the church premises.

Adults at Risk

  • As members of this church we commit ourselves to the safeguarding of adults at risk and ensuring their well-being in the life of this church.
  • It is the responsibility of each of us to prevent the physical, emotional, sexual, financial and spiritual abuse of adults at risk and to report any such abuse that we discover or suspect.
  • We are dedicated in the pastoral care and support of those who have experienced abuse.
  • We undertake to exercise proper care in the appointment and selection of those who will work with adults at risk.
  • The church is committed to supporting, resourcing and training those who undertake this work.
  • The church adopts the guidelines of the Baptist Union of Great Britain published in Safe To Belong 2015.
  • Each person who works with adults at risk will agree to abide by these recommendations and the guidelines established by this church.

Barry Canning is the Designated Person for Safeguarding for Adults and the Trustee responsible for Safeguarding.  He is responsible for representing the concerns and views of adults at risk at our meetings and to outside bodies. He is also the person to contact for any concerns or questions regarding protecting adults at risk.  Karen Webb is our Designated Person for Safeguarding for Children.  She is also the person to contact for any concerns or questions regarding protecting children and young people.