MAIDSTONE ROAD BAPTIST CHURCH, FELIXSTOWE - POLICY STATEMENT
SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN AND VULNERABLE ADULTS
The vision of Maidstone Road Baptist Church is: “Helping People Follow Jesus, Serving Walton in Jesus’ Name”.
In fulfilling this vision the church has a programme of activities with Children and Vulnerable Adults and welcomes them into the life of our community. The Bible and Jesus affirm the dignity and value conferred by God on all, including Children and Vulnerable Adults. (In this statement ‘children’ refers to those up to the age of 18).
The Church recognises its responsibility for the safeguarding of all Children and Vulnerable Adults (regardless of gender, ethnicity or ability) as set out in The Children Act 1989 and 2004, Safe from Harm (HM Government 1994), Working Together to Safeguard Children (HM Government 2010), Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 (Recruitment of persons working with Children and Vulnerable Adults), and subsequent Government Acts pertaining to these, as well as the Baptist Union of Great Britain publication Safe to Grow.
As members of this Church we commit ourselves to the nurturing, protection and safeguarding of all Children and Vulnerable Adults 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 procedures to ensure their implementation.
Prevention and reporting of abuse and responding to concern
It is the duty of each Church Member and each member of the wider Church family to prevent the physical, sexual, emotional, and financial abuse of Children and Vulnerable Adults, and the duty of all to respond to concerns about the well-being of Children and Vulnerable Adults and to report any abuse disclosed, discovered or suspected in accordance with Safeguarding procedures. The Church will fully co-operate 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 Vulnerable Adults, whether paid or voluntary. All workers will be provided with appropriate training, support and supervision to promote the safeguarding of Children and Vulnerable Adults.
Safe behaviour: a code of behaviour for workers
The church will adopt a code of behaviour for all who are appointed to work with Children and Vulnerable Adults so that all people are shown the respect that is due to them.
Safe practice and safe premises
The church is committed to providing a safe environment for activities with Children and Vulnerable Adults and will adopt ways of working with Children and Vulnerable Adults that promote their safety and well-being.
A safe community
The church is committed to the prevention of bullying of Children and Vulnerable Adults. The church will seek to ensure that the behaviour of any who may pose a risk to Children and Vulnerable Adults in the community of the church is managed appropriately.
The Church has appointed Mick Warner as the Safeguarding Trustee for Children and Vulnerable Adults, to oversee and monitor implementation of the Safeguarding Policy and Procedures.
Sylvia Bellamy applies for DBS checks on behalf of the Church, with Sheila Rivers as Deputy.
The Church has appointed Mick Warner as the Designated Person for Safeguarding, and Tim Leeming as Deputy Designated Person, to advise the Church on any matters related to the Safeguarding of Children and Vulnerable Adults and to take the appropriate action when abuse is disclosed, discovered or suspected.
Policy and procedures
A copy of the policy statement will be displayed permanently on the notice board in the Church vestibule, and a copy kept with Church Records.
Each worker with Children and Vulnerable Adults, whether paid or voluntary, will be given a full copy of the Policy and Procedures, and will be required to follow them.
A full copy of the Policy and Procedures will be made available on request to any member of the Church, the parents or carers of any Child or Vulnerable Adult from the Church, or any other person associated with the Church.
The Policy and Procedures will be monitored and reviewed at least annually, and if necessary amended in the light of experience.
This statement was agreed at the Church Meeting in November 2016. A précis of the policy will be given annually at the Church AGM, together with a report on the outcome of the annual review.