Child Protection Policy

Policy regarding those working with children, young people and Vulnerable Adults
This statement was first agreed by the church meeting held on 15 September 2005. It will be read annually at the church annual general meeting where progress in carrying it out will be monitored.

As members of this church, we commit ourselves to the nurturing, protection and safekeeping of all, especially children, young people and vulnerable adults.

It is the responsibility of each one of us to prevent the physical, sexual and emotional abuse of children, young people and vulnerable adults, and to report any abuse discovered or suspected, in accordance with the church procedures.

We recognise that our work with children, young people and vulnerable adults is the responsibility of the whole church.

We undertake to exercise proper care in the selection, appointment and monitoring of those working with children, young people and vulnerable adults, whether paid or volunteer.

The church is committed to supporting, resourcing and training those who work with children, young people and vulnerable adults, 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 (revised edition), together with the Local Children’s Safeguarding Board.

Each worker with children, young people and vulnerable adults will be given a copy of the church’s agreed Policy, Procedures and Good Practice Guidelines.  Each worker will familiarise themselves with such policies and protocols and adhere to them.

As part of our commitment to children, young people and vulnerable adults, the church safeguarding team will be looking at the role of

  • Advocates to speak on the child or vulnerable adult’s behalf
  • Independent persons for the child or vulnerable adult to speak to
  • Responsible person who will handle and reported concerns
    and appointing appropriate named people.

These roles will be regularly discussed with and explained to children, young people and vulnerable adults.  The role holders’ names with addresses and phone numbers will be publicly displayed.

Children, young people and vulnerable adults are part of and belong to our church today.  They have much to give as well as receive.  We will listen to them, we will nurture them in worship, learning and in community life and we will respect their wishes and feelings.