The Leadership of Hope Community Church recognises the importance of its ministry with children and young people, and adults with care and support needs, and its responsibility to protect everyone entrusted to our care.
This Church is committed to the safeguarding of children and of adults with care and support needs and ensuring their well-being. Specifically:
- We recognise that we all have a responsibility to help prevent the physical, sexual, emotional abuse and neglect of children and young people (those under 18 years of age) and to report any such abuse that we discover or suspect.
- We believe every child should be valued, safe and happy. We want to make sure that children we have contact with know this and are empowered to tell us if they are suffering harm.
- All children and young people have the right to be treated with respect, to be listened to and to be protected from all forms of abuse.
- We recognise that we all have a responsibility to help prevent the physical, sexual, psychological, financial and discriminatory abuse and neglect of adults at risk of harm or abuse and to report any such abuse that we discover or suspect.
- We recognise the personal dignity and rights of adults with care and support needs and will ensure all our policies and procedures reflect this. We believe all adults should enjoy and have access to every aspect of the life of the Church unless they pose a risk to the safety of those we serve.
- We undertake to exercise proper care in the appointment and selection of all those who will work with children and with adults with care and support needs.
We are committed to:
- Following the requirements for UK legislation in relation to safeguarding children and adults with care and support needs and good practice recommendations.
- Respecting the rights of children as described in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
- Implementing the requirements of legislation in regard to people with disabilities.
- Ensuring that workers adhere to the agreed procedures of our safeguarding policy.
- Keeping up to date with national and local developments relating to safeguarding.
- Supporting the safeguarding co-ordinators in their work and in any action they may need to take in order to protect children or adults with care and support needs.
- Ensuring everyone agrees to abide by the recommendations and guidelines established by the church.
- Supporting parents and families.
- Nurturing, protecting and safeguarding children and young people.
- Supporting, resourcing, training, monitoring and providing supervision to those who undertake this work.
- Supporting all in the Church affected by abuse.
- Adopting and following the ‘Safe and Secure’ safeguarding standards developed by Thirtyone:eight
- Children’s Social Services has lead responsibility for investigating all allegations or suspicions of abuse where there are concerns about a child. Adult Social Care has lead responsibility for investigating all allegations or suspicions of abuse where there are concerns about an adult.
- Where an allegation suggests that a criminal offence may have been committed then the police will be contacted as a matter of urgency.
- Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.
We will review this statement and our policy and procedures every three years.
If you have any concerns for a child or adult with care and support needs then speak to one of the following who have been approved as safeguarding co-ordinators for this church:
|Rachel MacInnes||Safeguarding Coordinator|
|Emily Walker||Deputy Safeguarding Coordinator|
This statement was agreed by the leadership in March 2011 and last reviewed in January 2018.
A copy of the full policy and procedures is available on request from the Safeguarding Coordinator using the form below.
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