Safeguarding Statements

Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy Statement

Earlsfield Baptist Church

Earlsfield Baptist Church welcomes children and young people in to the life of our community and to fulfil this, the church offers a programme of activities for children and young people and makes its premises available to organisations working with children and young people.

The church recognises its responsibility for the safeguarding of all children and young people under the age of 18 regardless of gender, ethnicity or ability. As members of this church, we commit ourselves to the nurturing, protection and safeguarding of all children and young people associated with our church and will pray for them regularly. In pursuit of this, we commit ourselves to the following policies and their corresponding procedures to ensure their implementation.

Prevention and reporting of abuse

It is the duty of each church member and member of the wider family to prevent the physical, sexual and emotional abuse of children and young people. It is 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 co-operate fully 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 and young people, whether paid or voluntary. All workers should have 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 they 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 that promote their safety and well-being.

A safe community

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

Responsible people

Mrs Lili Perez has been appointed on behalf of the church’s trustees to oversee and monitor the implementation of the Policy and Procedures. Mrs Lili Perez (lili.perez@earlsfieldbaptist.org.uk) is responsible for ensuring that DBS checks (formerly known as CRB checks) are fully completed and then passed by Due Diligence Checking Ltd.

Mrs Gill Rose has also been appointed by the church as the designated person for safeguarding to advise on related matters and to take appropriate action when abuse is disclosed, discovered or suspected (gill.rose@earlsfieldbaptist.org.uk). Any concerns may be reported either by email (gill.rose@earlsfieldbaptist.org.uk), personally or by a letter addressed to ‘The Safeguarding Officer’ via the church post box. This will be treated with absolute confidentiality.

Policy and Procedures

Copies of the Policy will be displayed permanently in the foyer of “The Rock”, the Hall and the Church Foyer. Every person working 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 by the Safeguarding Officers on request.

The Policy and Procedures will be monitored and reviewed in July each year by a small group representing the church organisations that work with children along with church representatives. The church statement will be read annually at the Annual General Meeting of Church Members in March along with the report on the outcome of the annual review.


Protection of Adults at Risk Policy Statement

Earlsfield Baptist Church

This statement is presented for approval and adoption at the Annual General Meeting to be held on 15th March 2020.

This Statement for the Protection of Adults at Risk, also known as vulnerable adults, will be presented annually to a church meeting during the first quarter of the year where progress in carrying it out will be monitored.

We recognise Adults at Risk as part of our church and adopt the definition provided by the Baptist Union of Great Britain and CCPAS (Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service): Any adult aged 18 or over who due to disability, mental function, age, illness or traumatic circumstances may not be able to take care or protect themselves against the risk of significant harm, abuse, bullying, harassment, mistreatment or exploitation.

1. As the members of this church we commit ourselves to the safeguarding of adults at risk and ensuring their well-being in the life of this church.

2. It is the responsibility of each of us to prevent the physical, emotional, sexual, financial and spiritual abuse of adults at risk and to report any such abuse that we discover or suspect.

3. We are dedicated in the pastoral care and support of those who have experienced abuse.

4. We undertake to exercise proper care in the appointment and selection of those who will work with adults at risk.

5. The church is committed to supporting, resourcing and training those who undertake this work.

6. The church adopts the guidelines of the Baptist Union of Great Britain published in Safe to Belong.

7. Each person who works with adults at risk will agree to abide by these recommendations and the guidelines established by this church.

Doreen Dorman is the Designated Person for Safeguarding and is responsible for representing the concerns and views of adults at risk and to outside bodies. Please contact Doreen (doreen.dorman@earlsfieldbaptist.org.uk) for any concerns or questions regarding protecting adults at risk.