Christchurch Baptist Church has a programme of activities with children, young people and welcomes adults at risk into the life of the community.
The church recognises its responsibilities for the safeguarding of all children (0-18s), regardless of gender, ethnicity or ability) and we also recognise our responsibility to safeguard adults at risk.
As Members and Trustees of Christchurch Baptist Church, we commit ourselves to the nurturing, protection and safekeeping of all people associated with the church, especially children and adults at risk.
We recognise that our work with children and adults at risk 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 and adults at risk. 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 and adults at risk, whether paid or volunteer. The church is committed to supporting, resourcing and training all those who work with children and adults at risk, and to provide 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 and adults at risk in the community of the church is managed appropriately.
If your child(ren) have additional needs or special educational needs, please click to find out more about our commitment to inclusion.
Mandy Raybone has been appointed as the (second) Designated Person for Safeguarding, to advise the church on any matters related to the safeguarding of children or adults at risk and to take appropriate action when abuse is disclosed, discovered or suspected.
Sue Lane is our Advocate for Children and Young People. Her role will be regularly explained to children, and her photo/contact details are publicly displayed on the church premises.
To read our Safeguarding Policy Statement, click here.
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 (0-18s)', click here.
To view a copy of our 'Adult Safeguarding Policies & Procedures', click here.
The Baptist Union of Great Britain have produced some helpful guides on various safeguarding themes:
- A Guide To Domestic Abuse
- A Guide To Understanding Self-Harm
- A Guide To Cyber Safety
- Excellence In Safeguarding Resources Update Pack
If you have specific concerns about an individual child, adult at risk or the conduct of a volunteer/staff member, please use the safeguarding reporting page of our website to bring this to the attention of our Designated Safeguarding Trustee.