Safeguarding Children & Vulnerable Adults

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Christchurch Baptist Church has a programme of activities with children, young people and welcomes vulnerable adults into the life of the community.

The church recognises its responsibilities for safeguarding of all children and young people under the age of 18 (regardless of gender, ethnicity or ability) and we also recognise our responsibility to safeguard vulnerable adults.

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

We recognise that our work with children, young people and vulnerable adults is the responsibility of the whole church.  It is the responsibility of each member of the wider church family to prevent the physical, sexual and emotional abuse, and to respond to any concerns about the well-being of children, young people and vulnerable adults.  Any abuse disclosed, discovered or suspected must be reported, and the church will fully co-operate with any statutory investigation regarding any suspected abuse linked to the church.

We undertake to exercise proper care in the selection and appointment of those working with children, young people and vulnerable adults, whether paid or volunteer.  The church is committed to supporting, resourcing and training all those who work with children, young people and vulnerable adults, and to providing appropriate levels of supervision.

We will ensure that all workers are given a copy of the church’s agreed procedures and Good Practice Guidelines, and undertake to observe them.  We are committed to providing a safe environment for activities, and will adopt ways of working with them that promote their safety and well-being.

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

If your child(ren) have additonal needs or special educational needs, please click to find out more about our commitment to inclusion.

 


Christchurch Baptist Church has appointed Julie Dynan as the Safeguarding Trustee to oversee and monitor implementation of the policy and procedures on behalf of the church’s charity Trustees.  Julie Dynan has also been appointed as the Designated Person for Safeguarding to advise the church on any matters related to the safeguarding of children, young people or vulnerable adults and to take appropriate action when abuse is disclosed, discovered or suspected.

   

The church has appointed Sue Lane to be the Advocate for Children and Young People.  Her role will be regularly explained to children, and her photo/contact details are publicly displayed around the church premises.

A detailed copy of the ‘Safe To Grow’ procedures we have adopted are available on request from the church office.

To view a copy of our 'Good Practice Guidelines For The Prevention Of Abuse', click here.

We are committed to following the Baptist Union Of Great Britain's policy for protecting vulnerable adults and adults at risk which can be obtained by clicking here.

The Baptist Union of Great Britain have produced some helpful guides on various safeguarding themes:


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