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Child Protection Policy

Policy Statement

  1. As members of this Church, we commit ourselves to the nurturing, protection and safekeeping of all, especially children and young people.
  2. As part of the mission of the church, we are committed to:
    • Listening to, relating effectively and valuing children and young people whilst ensuring their protection within church activities.
    • Encouraging and supporting parents and carers
    • Ensuring support and training to workers within these categories.
    • Having a system for dealing with any concerns about possible abuse.
  3. It is the responsibility of each one of us to prevent the physical, sexual and emotional abuse of children and young people, and report any abuse discovered or suspected.
  4. We recognise that our work with children and young people is the responsibility of the whole church.
  5. The church is committed to supporting, resourcing and training those who work with children and young people, and to providing supervision.
  6. 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 their booklet Safe to Grow.

Key Policies

  • Those who work with children and young people will be required to hold an enhanced disclosure from the DBS (Disclosure and Barring service)
  • It is expected that each worker with children and young people will be familiar with the recommendations in this policy and undertake to observe them.
  • Implementation of this policy will be the responsibility of the Deacons, the Children’s Work Co-ordinator (CWC) and the Children’s Advocate (CA).
  • The Children’s Advocate is a role set out in the Baptist Union child protection policy, ‘Safe to Grow’. The Children’s Advocate will act as the first point of contact for any child who feels concern over any matter and will offer one-to-one support for a young person. They may give advice, raise the child’s awareness about their rights, or speak up for the child and represent their views, wishes and feelings. They may simply provide a listening ear. The person appointed will be regularly introduced to all children engaged in activities on Church premises and highlighted on the Church notice board.
  • The DBS Administrator will have responsibility for DBS processing along with another nominated member of the diaconate who will be designated the role of ‘Safeguarding Deacon’.
  • Day to day management of the policy including DBS vetting and any other administration and processing will be the responsibility of the CWC and the DBS Administrator.
  • The ‘Safeguarding Deacon’ will be responsible for escalating any cases of abuse to the appropriate authorities as detailed in appendix 3.
  • Church members will be reminded of their obligations to the policy by corporately reading and re-adopting the Policy Statement above at the Annual Church Meeting. They will also be reminded of the key appointees. IE. DBS Administrator, Children’s Work Co-ordinator, Safeguarding Deacon and Children’s Advocate.

Key Appointees

Children’s Work Co-ordinator

Brenda Clark

DBS Administrator

Paul Carpenter