Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults
We take responsibility of caring for those in our care very seriously, and we guess that parents and carers will want to know that we have ways of dealing with the issues involved. This policy statement comes to the Church Meeting once a year for review.
Safe to Grow – A policy statement on children, young people, vulnerable adults and the church here at Hanbury Hill. (Feb 2014)
As members of this church, we commit ourselves to the nurturing, protection and safekeeping of all, especially children, young people and vulnerable adults. The church is committed to providing a safe environment for activities with these groups and will adopt ways of working that promote their safety and well being.
It is the responsibility of each one of us to prevent the physical, sexual, emotional, spiritual and financial abuse of children, young people and vulnerable adults, and to report any abuse, either discovered or suspected.
The church is committed to the prevention of bullying of children, young people and vulnerable adults. The church will ensure that the behaviour of any who may pose a risk to these groups in the community of the church is managed appropriately.
We recognise our work with these groups is the responsibility of the whole church.
We undertake to exercise proper care in the selection and appointment of those working regularly with children, young people and vulnerable adults, whether paid or volunteer and to include CRB checks and renewals as part of this.
The church is committed to supporting, resourcing and training those who work with them and to providing supervision.
The church is committed to following the Home Office Codes of Practice and also adopts the guidelines and procedures published by the Baptist Union of Great Britain in its booklets Safe to Grow (Children and Young People) and Safe to Belong (Vulnerable adults).
Each worker with children, young people and vulnerable adults must know the recommendations, and undertake to observe them. Each shall be given a copy of the church's agreed procedures and Good Practice guidelines.
As part of our commitment to children, young people and vulnerable adults the church has appointed a small group – the Safeguarding Group – currently Edna Baker, Claudia Cole and Carol Hall - to be their ‘Designated Persons’. Their role will be explained regularly to children young people and vulnerable adults, and their names, home phone numbers and their photographs, will be publicly displayed at the church.
Anyone with any cause for concern regarding our care of children, young people or vulnerable adults or for our support of the adults who work with them should contact one of the members of the Safeguarding Group.
Children, young people and vulnerable adults are part of our church today. They have much to give as well as receive. We will always have time to listen to them. As we nurture them in worship, learning, and community life, we will respect their wishes and feelings.
An original statement was agreed at the church meeting held in March 2003 and has been annually agreed and affirmed or amended at subsequent AGM’s. This is the latest version adopted wef May 2011 but amended subsequently and it will continue to be considered and approved annually in March at each AGM.