SAFEGUARDING POLICY STATEMENT FOR WALLINGTON BAPTIST CHURCH

 

Adopted …21.11.18 at the Church Members Meeting       Signed Rev Ian Pearce

Our vision

The vision statement of Wallington Baptist Church is To Know Christ and to Make him Known

In fulfilling this vision, we:

  • Welcome children and adults at risk into the life of our community

  • Run activities for children and adults at risk

  • Make our premises available to organisations working with children and adults at risk

Our safeguarding responsibilities

1. The church recognises its responsibilities in safeguarding all children, young people and adults at risk, regardless of gender, ethnicity or ability. 

As members of this church we commit ourselves to the nurturing, protection and safekeeping of all associated with the church and will pray for them regularly. In pursuit of this, we commit ourselves to this policy and to the development of sound procedures to ensure we implement our policy well.

·       Prevention and reporting of abuse

It is the duty of each church member to help prevent the abuse of children and adults at risk, and the duty of each church member to respond to concerns about the well-being of children and adults at risk. Any abuse disclosed, discovered or suspected will be reported in accordance with our procedures. The church will fully co-operate with any statutory investigation into any suspected abuse linked with the church.

·       Safer recruitment, support and supervision of workers

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

·       Respecting children and adults at risk

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

·       Safer working practices

The church is committed to providing an environment that is as safe as possible for children and adults at risk and will adopt ways of working with them that promote their safety and well-being.

·       A safer community

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

 

Safeguarding contact points within our church

The church has appointed the following individuals to form part of the church safeguarding team:

Fran Poole Designated Person for Safeguarding (DPS)

She will advise the church on any matters related to the safeguarding of children and adults at risk and take the appropriate action when abuse is disclosed, discovered or suspected.

As Safeguarding Trustee Fran Poole

She will raise the profile of safeguarding within the church and oversee and monitor the implementation of the safeguarding policy and procedures on behalf of the church trustees.

Phone number Fran  Poole 07754899595  0208 669 8733 

Email address chris.fran @blueyonder.co.uk

 

Jan Stone Designated Person for Safeguarding (DPS)

She will assist the Designated Person for Safeguarding (DPS) in helping the church on any matters related to the safeguarding of children and adults at risk and take the appropriate action when abuse is disclosed, discovered or suspected.

Phone number Jan Stone 07802527336 0208 669 9766

Email address janandgeoffstone@gmail.com 

 

Chris Poole Designated Person (DPS)

He will assist the Designated Person for Safeguarding (DPS) in helping the church on any matters related to the safeguarding of children and adults at risk and take the appropriate action when abuse is disclosed, discovered or suspected.

Phone number Chris Poole 07588532800 0208 669 8733

Email address chris.fran@blueyonder.co.uk

 

Our church minister is also an important part of the Church Safeguarding Team.  Where possible, the Church Safeguarding Team will work together if and when issues arise. However, each person has a responsibility to report allegations of abuse as soon as they are raised.

Further definitions of these roles can be found in the BUGB publications ‘Safe to Grow’ (2011) & ‘Safe to Belong’ (2015). The Designated Persons will endeavour to act according to these documents or to advice from the Baptist Union Safeguarding Team.

Putting our policy into practice

  • A copy of the safeguarding policy statement will be displayed permanently on the church noticeboard and is available on our church website www.wallingtonbaptist.co.uk and from the church office

  • Each worker with children and/or adults at risk will be given access to a full copy of the safeguarding policy and procedures and will be asked to sign to confirm that they have read and will follow them.

  • A full copy of the policy and procedures will be made available on request to any member of, or other person associated with the church.

  • The policy and procedures will be monitored and reviewed annually, and any necessary revisions adopted into the policy and implemented through our procedures.

  • The policy statement will be read annually at the November Church Meeting together with the report on the outcome of the annual safeguarding review.

3.

WALLINGTON BAPTIST CHURCH PROCEDURES 

FOR THE APPROVING OF VOLUNTEERS FOR WORKING WITH CHILDREN/YOUTH AND ADULTS AT RISK

In collaboration with the Designated Persons for Safeguarding, the Leaders of the Church or Youth Work will usually recruit volunteers by personal invitation. Volunteers will also be contacted after having responded to a request for help that has been given to the Fellowship.

It is expected that leaders and helpers will be Christians and usually members of the fellowship. However, there may be occasions when, to fit in with the immediate circumstances, this is not the case. This would need careful consideration at Deacons’ and Church Meetings.

New volunteers will

  • Have been well known in our Church for at least 6 months. 

Be asked to read the Baptist Union ‘Gateway to Level 2 Excellence in Safeguarding’ and will be given a full copy of the WBC Policies and Code of Behaviour for Safeguarding Children/Youth or Adults at Risk. 

  • Be asked to sign to confirm they have read and agree to follow the above.

  • Fill in our Church Application Form and Declaration and give this to a Trustee for Safeguarding 

Two references will be taken up according to the Guidance given on the Application Form.

The name will be brought to the Deacons’ and Church Meetings.

A Designated Person together with another Church Member will interview the person.

An enhanced DBS clearance will be needed with or without ‘Barred List’ as appropriate, see page 4. This is repeated every 5 years.

The interview will include:

  • Awareness of the need for Policy and Procedures, Yearly Review

  • Reference to the notes on the Self Declaration

  • Have children ever been removed from your care?

  • Have you ever been asked to stop working with children or adults?

  • Discuss, testimony, Church Membership

  • Experience-gifts and abilities.

  • Role Description, report concerns to, rota 

  • Training- book in on a Baptist Union Level 2 ‘Excellence in Safeguarding Course’, asap (repeated every 3 years)

  • Questions, prayer

 

Wallington Baptist aim is that each ministry for adults, (eg Knitting, Toddlers, Contact, Craft, Cycling) should have at least one person who has completed the procedures above and therefore  can raise awareness of Safeguarding Adults at Risk within that organisation.

4.

Criteria for Wallington Baptist Church DBS Checks

There are 2 types of DBS Check which are relevant for Church Workers and volunteers. 

The Barred List Check is appropriate for all our children/youth workers as they may work without supervision and work regularly, on a rota. The Barred List is maintained by the Disclosure and Barring Service as a list of individuals who are barred from working with children or Adults at Risk

All Church Leaders (Trustees) will have the Barred List Check.

Other volunteers working with Adults at Risk do not need the Barred List Check, unless they are involved in doing shopping, helping pay bills, giving physical help or transporting/attending medical appointments.

 

*BU Advice April 2018 A DBS Clearance for WBC will be accepted for all ministries within our Church- provided it is appropriate as in: for Adults/Children or barred non-barred list. 

 

Clearance from other Churches or Work Places etc are NOT valid UNLESS the person enrolled on the Update Service.

 

16/17 year olds do not need DBS checks and need supervision. They are not counted as an adult, in the Adult/Child Ratio for the group.

 

 

ANNUAL REVIEWS

Each year at least two of the Designated Persons will meet to review the Policy. Leaders of the children/youth work will meet to review their Code of Behaviour to Prevent Abuse and Promote Safer Working Practices. (Also known as Good Practice Guidelines)

The Pastoral Team will meet to review the Code of Behaviour for Adults at Risk.

The updated Codes of Behaviour will then be circulated to the Workers.

At the November Church Members’ Meeting the Safeguarding Trustee will:

  • give an Annual Report, 

  • review the Safeguarding and Equal Opportunities Policies and the WBC Procedures for the Approval of Volunteers 

 

There will also be an Annual Act of Dedication, during a morning service.

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