The Church Leadership recognises the importance of its ministry to children and young people and its responsibility to protect and safeguard the welfare of children and young people entrusted to the church’s care.
As part of its mission, the Church is committed to:
- Valuing, listening to and respecting children and young people as well as promoting their welfare and protection.
- Safe recruitment, supervision and training for all the children’s/youth workers within the church.
- Adopting a procedure for dealing with concerns about possible abuse. Encouraging and supporting parents/carers.
- Supporting those affected by abuse in the church and dealing appropriately with abusers.
- Maintaining good links with the statutory childcare authorities and other organisations.
The Church Leadership recognises the need to provide a safe and caring environment for children, young people and vulnerable people of all ages. It also acknowledges that these people groups can be the victims of various forms of abuse, and neglect. The Church Leadership has therefore adopted the procedures set out in the Safeguarding Policy. It also recognises the need to build constructive links with statutory and voluntary agencies. The policy and practice guidelines are based on a model published by Thirtyone:eight (formerly Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service, CCPAS).
The Church Leadership undertakes to file a copy of the policy and practice guidelines with Thirtyone:eight and social services, and any amendments subsequently published.
The Church Leadership agrees not to allow the document to be copied by other organisations.
The Church Leadership is committed to on-going Safeguarding training for all children/youth workers and will regularly review the operational guidelines attached.
The Church Leadership also undertakes to follow the principles found within the Abuse Of Trust guidance issued by the Home Office and it is therefore unacceptable for those in a position of authority or trust to engage in any behaviour which might allow a non-platonic relationship to develop for as long as the position of authority or trust continues.
Our Safeguarding Officer is Russ Hedley and the other members of the Safeguarding Team are Tim Quayle and Jenna Hedley. If you have any queries regarding the safeguarding of children or vulnerable adults, please chat to one of them.