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Safeguarding is the protection of children and adults from harm, abuse and neglect. Our church operates two Safeguarding policies: Safe to Grow (for the safeguarding of children) and Safe to Belong (for the safeguarding of adults at risk). As a key part of these policies, all workers and volunteers in the church who work with children and adults at risk have undergone a DBS (criminal record) check. Our two policy statements are below. If you have any queries please contact the church office.

 

Safe to Grow

Child Protection Policy Statement

NORTH CHEAM BAPTIST CHURCH

Policy statement on children, young people and the church

This statement was agreed at the Church Meeting held on 26th November 2017.

It will be read annually at the Church Meeting held in the month of November where progress in carrying it out will be monitored.

    As members of this church, we commit ourselves to the nurturing, protection and safekeeping of all, especially children and young people.

    It is the responsibility of each one of us to prevent all forms of abuse of children and young people, and to report any abuse discovered or suspected.

    We recognise that our work with children and young people is the responsibility of the whole church.

    We undertake to exercise proper care in the selection and appointment of those working with children and young people, whether paid or volunteer.

    The church is committed to supporting, resourcing and training those who work with children and young people, and to providing supervision.

    The church is committed to following current legislation and government guidance and adopts the guidelines and procedures published by the Baptist Union of Great Britain in its publication Safe to Grow (revised edition).

    Each worker with children and young people must know the recommendations, and undertake to observe them. Each shall be given a copy of the church’s agreed procedures and Good Practice guidelines.

    As part of our commitment to children and young people, the church has appointed Peter Doran to be the Designated Person for Safeguarding (children).

 

Safe to Belong

Protection of Adults at Risk Policy Statement

NORTH CHEAM BAPTIST CHURCH

This statement was adopted at the Church Meeting held on 26th November 2017.

It will be presented each year to a Church Meeting held in the month of November where progress in carrying it out will be monitored.

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

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

5.   The church adopts the guidelines of the Baptist Union of Great Britain published in Safe to Belong (revised edition).

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

7.   Stephen Dixon is the Designated Person for Safeguarding (adults) and is responsible for representing the concerns and views of adults at risk at our meetings and to outside bodies. They also are the person to contact for any concerns or questions regarding protecting adults at risk.