Policy - Safeguarding Children and Young People

The Vision of this church is to seek to faithfully love God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength and love our neighbours as we love ourselves. In fulfilling this vision the church

● Has a programme of activities with children, young people and Adults at Risk.

● Welcomes children and young people into the life of our community.

● Makes our premises available to organisations working with children, young people and Adults at Risk

The church recognises its responsibilities for the safeguarding of all children and young people under the age of 18, regardless of gender, ethnicity or ability, as set out in the Childrens’ Act 1989 and 2004 (Safe from Harm 2004 & Working together to Safeguard children 2010)

As members of this church we commit ourselves to the nurturing, protection and safeguarding of all children and young people associated with the church and will pray for them regularly.

In pursuit of this, we commit ourselves to the following policies and to the development of procedure to ensure their implementation.

Prevention and reporting of abuse.

It is the duty of each church member and each member of the wider church family to prevent the physical, sexual and emotional abuse of children and young people, and the duty of all to respond to the concerns about their wellbeing and to report any child abuse disclosed, discovered or suspected. The church will fully cooperate with any statutory investigation into any suspected abuse linked with the church.

Safe recruitment, support and supervision of workers.

The church will exercise proper care in the selection and appointment of those working with children and young people, whether paid or voluntary. All workers will be provided with the appropriate training, support and supervision to promote the safeguarding of children.

Respecting children and Young people

The church has adopted the code of behaviour in Safe to Grow (2011) for all who are appointed to work with children and young people so that everyone is shown the respect that is due to them.

Safe working practices

The church is committed to providing a safe environment for activities and will adopt ways of working with children and young people to promote their safety and well being.

A safe community

The church is committed to the prevention of bullying of children and young people. The church will seek to ensure that the behaviour of any who may pose a risk to children and young people in the community of the church is managed appropriately.

Responsible people.

Stephen Hall

The church has appointed Stephen Hall (4 Comfrey Court, 213155- pictured to the left) and Annabel Roberts (19 Keates Rd, 411923- pictured to the right) as the Designated Persons for Safeguarding to advise the church on any matters relating to the safeguarding of children and young people brought to their attention through the church family and to take the appropriate action when abuse is disclosed, discovered or suspected. The church has appointed Chris Tanton (129 High Street), as the Safeguarding Trustee to oversee and monitor implementation of the policy and procedures; advising the church on any new legislation or changes relating to the safeguarding of children and young people

Annabel Roberts

Policy and Procedure

A copy of the Policy Statement will be displayed permanently on the noticeboards in the main church building and in the Family Centre

Each worker with children and young people will be given a copy of the policy and will be required to follow it.

A full copy of the policy and procedures (contained within Safe to Grow-2011) will be made available on request to any member of the church, the parents or carers of any child or young person from the church or any other person associated with the church.

The policy and procedures will be monitored and reviewed at least annually, usually in April