Children and young people are very important to us and are welcomed into the life of our community.
The following statement was first agreed at the church meeting held on 26th June 2013 and is agreed annually at the church AGM.
The church recognises its responsibilities for the Safeguarding of all children and 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 2013), adapted to our circumstances.
As members of this church we commit ourselves to the nurturing, protection and Safeguarding of all children and young people associated with the church and we will pray for them regularly.
In pursuit of this we commit ourselves to the church Safe to Grow policy (summarised below and a full copy available upon request) and to the development of procedures to ensure their implementation.
The church will exercise proper care in the selection and appointment of those working with children/young people, whether paid or voluntary. All workers will be provided with access to appropriate training, support and supervision to promote the Safeguarding of children/young people.
The church will adopt a code of behaviour for all who are appointed to work with children/young people so that all children/young people are shown the respect that is due to them.
It is the duty of each church member and each member of the wider church family to prevent, respond to and report any physical, sexual or emotional abuse of children/young people disclosed, discovered or suspected. The church will fully co‐operate with any statutory investigation into any suspected abuse linked with the church.
The church is committed to providing a safe environment for activities with children/young people and will adopt ways of working with children/young people that promote their safety and well-being.
The church is committed to the prevention of bullying of children/young people. The church will seek to ensure that the behaviour of any who may pose a risk to children/young people in the community of the church is managed appropriately.
The church has appointed John Elbourne as the Safeguarding Trustee to oversee and monitor implementation of the Policy and Procedures on behalf of the church’s charity trustees.
The church has appointed Sean and Ali Avard, Penny Knowles, Rosie Dracott and Steve Walker as the Designated Person/s for Safeguarding to:
A copy of the policy statement will be displayed permanently in the main entrance of the church building, the hall and the Connections Point. Each person working with children/young people (whether paid or voluntary) will be given a full copy of the policy and procedures and will be required to follow them. These will also be made available on request to anyone associated with the church.
The policy and procedures will be monitored and reviewed at least annually. A report on the annual review will be given at the church Annual General Meeting (AGM) and the policy will be read out.