Clarence Park Baptist Church
Safeguarding Policy regarding those working with children, young people and Adults at Risk
This statement was first agreed by the church meeting held on 15 September 2005 and updated on 7 February 2017. 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 safeguarding of all, especially children, young people and adults at risk.
It is the responsibility of each one of us to safeguard children, young people and adults at risk, and to report any safeguarding concerns in accordance with the church procedures.
We recognise that our work with children, young people and adults at risk 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 adults at risk, whether paid or volunteer.
The church is committed to supporting, resourcing and training those who work with children, young people and adults at risk, 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 publications Safe to Grow and Safe to Belong (revised editions), together with the Local Children’s Safeguarding Board.
Each worker with children, young people and adults at risk will have access to a copy of the church’s agreed Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and Good Practice Guidelines. Each worker has a personal responsibility to familiarise themselves with these and adhere to them.
As part of our commitment to children, young people and adults at risk, the church has:-
· Appointed Kaye Cooke as Safeguarding Deacon to lead on safeguarding matters and be the point of contact on safeguarding concerns for the Deacons.
· Appointed Kaye Cooke, Alison Chinn and Steve Christian as Designated People for Safeguarding. They will receive all reports and concerns regarding the safeguarding of children, young people and adults at risk. They will act on any safeguarding concerns in accordance with the church safeguarding procedures and be the link with outside agencies.
Children, young people and adults at risk are an integral part of our church today and 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.