This page contains our panel policies and information.
For policies and guidelines relating to external organisations please go to our useful information page.
Individual church safeguarding policy statement
Our policy statement on safeguarding vulnerable groups
As a church we are fully committed to safeguarding the welfare of our members and those entrusted to our care.
This safeguarding policy statement along with the guidelines and procedures outlined in the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Handbook, forms our safeguarding policy and procedures.
We acknowledge that children, young people and adults can be the victims of abuse and neglect and we recognise our obligation to ensure their safety in the activities carried out in the name of this church. We aim to provide a caring environment and to respond sensitively and immediately to any concerns. Members of the church, paid staff and volunteers will show respect to others, promote the ethos of listening to children and vulnerable people and conduct themselves in a manner that reflects the principles of the Christian church.
The church will care for children, young people and vulnerable adults and safeguard them by following good practices in relation to the following:
o Responding appropriately to concerns and allegations (Handbook Sections 3.2 and 4.2) In line with our policy and guidelines we undertake to respond immediately when a suspicion of abuse or any other concerns or allegations are drawn to our attention. We undertake to co-operate with the Local Authority or the Police if an investigation is launched.
o Safer Recruitment for workers and volunteers (Handbook Section 2) including DBS checks every 4 years for eligible workers, leaders and trustees.
o Training and supporting our workers and volunteers in their role and in the protection of children and vulnerable people.
o Promoting good working practices (Handbook Sections 3.1 and 4.1) and creating a safe environment.
Dealing with blemished disclosures and the appeal process
Our complaints procedure - We recognise that we get thing wrong at times, make mistakes, or we may not reach the high standard that is expected of us. Please see our complaints procedure and form if you are unhappy with our service or with the way you have been treated by a member of staff.
Policy statement on the recruitment of ex offenders (Appendix 6 in the handbook) Click here to read
Policy statement on the use storage and disposal of disclosures and information about disclosures (Appendix 5 of the handbook) click here to read the shorter statement or the full policy and procedures here
Policy and summary of eligibility regarding Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks. Click here to read the leaflet. There is further information in section 2 of the handbook and in the DBS section of this
Charity trustees safeguarding responsibilities - Read this new infomation page. ( this is appendix 7 in the 2022 update to our Handbook)
A risk assessment is a useful way of thinking through the risks and potential problems that may occur in any activity. It helps you to come up with solutions, it shows that you have planned carefully and helps you to take the reasonable steps necessary to keep everyone safe and also to protect the reputation of the organisation. It is also a good way to share important information with other members of the team to ensure that everybody is following the best practice possible to operate in a safe and accountable manner. Click here for our step by step guide and form.