Safe to Grow

Pershore Baptist Church has a long and fruitful history of youth work but we realise the importance of not becoming complacent. The safety of children and young people in our care is of utmost importance to us.

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 its booklet 'Safe to Grow'.

That means that every leader, from a teacher with many years of youth work experience to a teenager helping out in creche for the first time must be checked and vetted as to their suitability.

As part of our commitment to children and young people, we have appointed Emily Wood as our Designated Person for Safeguarding and Lynne Gosney as our Safeguarding Administrator. Tracy Wheeler and James Harrison serve as our Child Advocates. Julia Jones and Eileen Merry serve as our Vulnerable Adults Advocates.

The following statement agreed and read out at our members meeting held on the 18 September 2014:

POLICY STATEMENT

On

Safeguarding Children and Young People in the Church

 

 

PERSHORE BAPTIST CHURCH   (referred to as “the church” in the Policy Statement)

 

The vision/purpose of the church is:

  • Pursuing a deeper relationship with God
  • Building authentic community
  • Connecting people with Jesus

People Becoming Christlike

 

In fulfilling this vision/purpose the church

  • Has a programme of activities with children and young people
  • Welcomes children and young people into the life of our community
  • Makes our premises available to organisations working with children and young people.

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 2010).

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 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 and each member of the wider church family to prevent the physical, sexual and emotional abuse of children and young people and the duty of all to respond to concerns about the well-being of children and young people 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 this church.

Safe recruitment, support and supervision of workers

The church will exercise proper care in the selection and appointment of those working with children and young people, whether paid or voluntary.  All workers will be provided with appropriate training, support and supervision to promote the safeguarding of children.

Respecting children and young people

The church will adopt a code of behaviour for all who are appointed to work with children and young people so that all children and young people 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 young people and will adopt ways of working with children and young people that promote their safety and well being.

A safe community

The church is committed to the prevention of bullying of children and young people.  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.

Responsible people

The church has appointed             KATE PORTMAN

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           EMILY WOOD

as the Designated Person for Safeguarding to:

  • Advise the church on any matters related to the safeguarding of children and young people
  • Take the appropriate action when abuse is disclosed, discovered or suspected.

Policy and Procedures

A copy of the policy statement will be displayed permanently on the notice board in

THE CHURCH VESTIBULE

Each worker with children and young people whether paid or voluntary will be given a full copy of the policy and procedures and will be required to follow them.

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

The policy and procedures will be monitored and reviewed at least annually.

 

The policy statement will also be read annually at the church meeting in SEPTEMBER together with a report on the outcome of the annual review.