Safeguarding

POLICY STATEMENT AND THE RESPONSE OF HOPE BAPTIST CHURCH re –

“CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE, and ADULTS WITH CARE AND SUPPORT NEEDS”

As members of this church, we commit ourselves to the nurturing, protection and the safe-keeping of all, but particularly so, the group shown above. The church is committed to providing a safe environment for activities with the above group of people and will adopt ways of working which 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 this group, and to report any abuse, either discovered or suspected.

The church is committed to the prevention of any bullying of this group. The church will ensure that the behaviour of any who may pose a risk to this group in the community of the church is managed appropriately.

We recognise our work with this group is the responsibility of the whole church.

We undertake to exercise proper care in the selection and appointment of those working regularly with this group, whether paid or volunteer and to include DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checks and renewals as part of this.

The church is committed to supporting, resourcing and training those who work with this group 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 (Adults with care and support needs).

Each person working with this group 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 this group the church has appointed ‘The Safeguarding Group’ – currently manned by Rev Dave Morris, Mrs Claudia Cole and Mrs Carol Hall – to be their ‘Designated Persons’. Their role will be explained regularly to the groups of people that we seek to protect, and the names, home phone numbers and photographs, of ‘The Safeguarding Group‘ will be publicly displayed at the church. In addition, Anne Sheehan and Stewart Hall are the authorized verifiers in relation to DBS matters.

Anyone with any cause for concern regarding our care of the above group of people or any cause for concern regarding our support of the adults who work with them, should contact one of the members of ‘The Safeguarding Group‘.

Children, young people and adults with care and support needs 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 with effect from March 2018 but will continue to be closely monitored and amended where necessary – and will continue to be considered and approved annually in March at each Annual General Meeting of the church.