Chipping Sodbury Baptist Church
Protecting Children, Young People and Adults at Risk.
This Church is committed to following current legislation and government guidance with regard to protecting vulnerable people and adopts the guidelines and procedures of ‘Safe to Grow’and ‘Safe to Belong’ as published by the Baptist Union of Great Britain https://www.baptist.org.uk/Group/Group.aspx?ID=220183.
Chipping Sodbury Baptist Church (CSBC) recognises its responsibilities in safeguarding all children, young people and adults at risk, regardless of gender, ethnicity or ability.
As members of this church, we commit to:
• the protection, safeguarding and nurturing of all, and especially children and adults at risk.
• treating all in our church community and those who use our premises with care and respect.
• this policy and the development and implementation of associated procedures and guidelines.
• taking all possible measures to provide a safe and accessible environment and prevent and identify all forms of abuse and neglect.
• reporting as soon as they are raised, any abuse disclosed, discovered or suspected to the Designated Person for Safeguarding or their appointed deputy. The church will fully co-operate with any statutory investigation into any suspected abuse linked with the church.
• the pastoral support of those who have been abused.
• ensuring that safe recruitment processes are followed for all people working with children and adults at risk, whether in paid or voluntary roles. Checks will be carried out on all who regularly work with children or adults at risk under the Disclosure and Barring Service.
• supporting and resourcing those who work with vulnerable groups and their Ministry Team Leaders so that they can access appropriate training, support and supervision.
Putting our policy into practice
• A copy of the safeguarding policy statement will be displayed permanently on the church noticeboard and church office, and is available on our church website.
• Ministry team leaders will be responsible for ensuring members of their team who work with children and/or adults at risk will be given a full copy of the safeguarding policy and procedures and asking them to sign to confirm that they will follow them.
• Ministry Team leaders will be supported to develop and adopt processes to ensure safeguarding practice in their area of work.
• 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, and any necessary revisions adopted into the policy and implemented through our procedures.
• The policy statement will be read annually at the church AGM, together with a report on the outcome of the annual safeguarding review.
CSBC has appointed the following people to the safeguarding ministry.
1. Designated Person for Safeguarding (DPS)
Wendy Ottaway has been appointed as Safeguarding Ministry Team Leader. She will advise the church on any matters related to the safeguarding of children and adults at risk and take the appropriate action when abuse is disclosed, discovered or suspected.
2. Deputy Designated Person for Safeguarding (DDPS) – Sue Walker will assist the Designated Person for Safeguarding (DPS) in helping the church on any matters related to the safeguarding of children and adults at risk and take the appropriate action when abuse is disclosed, discovered or suspected.
3. Martin Green, Safeguarding Trustee will raise the profile of safeguarding within the church and oversee and monitor the implementation of the safeguarding policy and procedures on behalf of the church trustees.
Contact details for Safeguarding matters:
phone (for urgent matters only): 07970 737 293
v.1 July 2016
v.2 Revised July 2017
v.3 Revised July 2018 using ‘Safe to Belong’ and ‘Safe to grow’ Baptists Together www.baptists.org .uk
v.4 Revised November 2018 following Best Practice Guidance for Baptist Union of Great Britain Churches