Safeguarding Policy

Policy Statement: Safeguarding Children, Young People and Adults at risk at St Thomas Baptist Church

The Mission Statement of St Thomas Baptist Church is: To know Christ and to make Him known.

In fulfilling this vision the church has a programme of activities with children, young people and adults at risk welcomes children, young people and adults at risk into the life of our community makes our premises available to organisations working with children, young people and adults at risk

The church recognises its responsibilities for the safeguarding of all children and young people under the age of 18 and adults at risk (regardless of gender, ethnicity or ability) as set out in The Children Act 1989 and 2004, Safe from Harm (HM Government 1994) Working Together to Safeguard Children (HM Government 2010) Mental Capacity Act 2005, Mental Health Act 2007, Disability Acts 1995 and 2005.

As members of this church we commit ourselves to the nurturing, protection and safeguarding of all children and young people and the protection and safeguarding of all adults at risk, 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 and responding to concern

It is the duty of each church member and each member of the wider church family to prevent the physical, sexual and emotional abuse and neglect of children, young people and adults at risk and the duty of all to respond to concerns about the well-being of children, young people and adults at risk and to report any abuse disclosed, discovered or suspected. The church will fully co-operate with any statutory investigation into any suspected abuse linked with the church.

Safe recruitment, support and supervision of workers

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

Safe behaviour: a code of behaviour for workers

The church will adopt a code of behaviour for all who are appointed to work with children, young people and adults at risk, so that all children, young people and adults at risk are shown the respect and dignity that is due to them.

Safe practice and safe premises

The church is committed to providing a safe environment for activities with children, young people and adults at risk and will adopt ways of working with children, young people and adults at risk that promote their safety and well-being.

A safe community

The church is committed to the prevention of bullying of children, young people and adults at risk. The church will seek to ensure that the behaviour of any who may pose a risk to children, young people and adults at risk in the community of the church is managed appropriately.

Responsible people

The church has appointed Anne-Marie Cohead 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 Gary Curran as the Designated Person for Safeguarding, and Hazel Vile as deputy, to:

  • advise the church on any matters related to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults at risk, and
  • 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 noticeboard in the main corridor.

Each appointed worker with children and young people and adults at risk 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, young person or adult at risk attending activities at 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 be read annually at the AGM together with a report on the outcome of the annual review.