Church of the Redeemer
          Baptist Church

SAFEGUARDING POLICY

  
Policy Statement on Safeguarding Children in Church of the Redeemer
(Baptist)
 (referred to as “the church” in the Policy Statement)

The vision statement of the church is:

  • A seeking congregation who want to learn more about God through our relationship with Christ, our spiritual and life experiences, as well as through the bible, prayer, each other, preachers and ministers.
  • A listening congregation, who value the diversity of people along with their personal journeys and their ideas.
  •  A questioning congregation who like to evaluate and consider what we think. We are actively asking of ourselves how our faith and relationship with God impacts on us in our daily lives and those of our communities.
  •  A friendly and welcoming congregation – we value being small enough to know and care for each other, and seek to welcome others as we grow in numbers.

In fulfilling this vision:

  • we welcome children into the life of our community
  • have a programme of events for children
  • make our premises available to organisations working with children

The church recognises its responsibilities for the safeguarding of all young people under the age of 18 (regardless of gender, ethnicity or ability) as set out in The Children Act 1989 and 2004, Safe from Harm (HM Government 1994) and Working Together to Safeguard Children (HM Government 2010).

As members of this church we commit ourselves to the nurturing, protection and safekeeping of all children and young people 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       
       
It is the duty of each church member to prevent the physical, sexual and emotional abuse of children, and the duty of each church member to respond to concerns about the well-being of children and to report any child abuse disclosed, discovered or suspected. 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, whether paid or volunteer. All workers will be provided with appropriate training and support to promote the safekeeping of children.

Respecting children   
                                                                                                                         
The church will adopt a code of behaviour for all who are appointed to work with children so that all children are shown the respect that is due to them.

Safe working practices                                                                                                                       

The church is committed to providing a safe environment for activities with children and will adopt ways of working with them that promote their safety and well-being.

A safe community                                                                                                                               

The church is committed to the prevention of bullying of children. The church will seek to ensure that the behaviour of any who may pose a risk to children and young people in the community of the church is managed appropriately.
 
Church of the Redeemer (Baptist) Safeguarding Team

The church has appointed:

Sarah Bennett - Designated Person for Safeguarding
She will advise the church on any matters related to the safeguarding of children and take the appropriate action when abuse is disclosed, discovered or suspected.

Debbie Johnston - Safeguarding Trustee

She will oversee and monitor the implementation of the policy and procedures on behalf of the church's deacons/ trustees.
When possible, the Safeguarding Team will work together if and when issues arise.
 
Policy and Procedures

A copy of the policy statement will be displayed permanently on the noticeboard in the foyer.
Each worker with children will be given a full copy of the policy and procedures and will be asked to sign that they are willing to follow them.

A full copy of the policy and procedures will be made available on request to any member of, or other person associated with the church.

The policy and procedures will be monitored and reviewed annually.
The policy statement will be reviewed and read annually at the annual general meeting of the church.
 
 

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