Grange Baptist Church Child Protection Policy
Grange Baptist Church fully recognises its responsibilities for child protection. Grange Baptist Church is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
1 Aims of Policy
1.1 Our policy applies to all staff and volunteers working with children and young people in the church. There are five main elements to our policy:
- Ensuring we practice safe recruitment in line with Government guidance by using at least one accredited recruiter on all interview panels and by checking the suitability of staff and volunteers to work with children and young people and ensuring any unsuitable behaviour is reported and managed using the Allegations Management Procedures set out by Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Board (GSCB).
- Raising awareness of child protection issues and equipping children and young people with the skills needed to keep themselves safe.
- Developing and then implementing procedures for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases, of abuse by logging welfare concerns and referring to the Children’s Helpdesk.
- Supporting children and young people who have been abused in accordance with his/her agreed child protection plan.
- Establishing a safe environment in which children and young people can learn and develop.
2.1 All staff and volunteers working with children and young people are alert to signs of abuse which includes neglect, physical injury, sexual abuse, emotional and spiritual abuse.
2.2 Where abuse is suspected or a sustainable allegation made, adults will report the information to the nominated Designated Person for Safeguarding
(DPS) is the appointed by the Church Leadership Team and affirmed annually by the Church Meeting. Records will be made noting the date, time,
places and people who were present.
2.3 Information divulged cannot be kept confidential between the child and a member of staff or volunteer working with children and young people. The appropriate agencies will be alerted for the child or young person’s own protection. Adults will share relevant information about the protection of children and young people with other professionals where appropriate.
2.4 We recognise that because of the nature of the contact with children and young people, church staff and volunteers working with them are well placed to observe the outward signs of abuse. The church will therefore:
- Establish and maintain an environment where children and young people feel secure, are encouraged to talk, and are listened to.
- Ensure children and young people know that there are adults in the school whom they can approach if they are worried.
3.1 We will follow the procedures set out by the Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Board (GSCB) and take account of guidance issued in the Safe to Grow document of the Baptist Union of Great Britain (sixth edition 2011) to:
- Ensure we have a Designated Person for Safeguarding who has received appropriate training and support for this role.
- Ensure we have a nominated Safeguarding Trustee on the Church Leadership Team responsible for child protection who has received appropriate training.
- Ensure every adult (including paid and volunteer staff working with children and young people) and Church Meeting knows the name of the Designated Person for Safeguarding, the Nominated Safeguarding Trustee on the Church Leadership Team and their role.
- Ensure all staff and volunteers working with children and young people understand their responsibilities in being alert to the signs of abuse and responsibility for referring any concerns to the DPS.
- Ensure that parents have an understanding of the responsibility placed on the church for child protection by setting out its obligations on the Church Notice Board.
- Develop effective links with relevant agencies and co-operate as required with their enquiries regarding child protection matters including attendance at case conferences and core groups.
- Keep written records of concerns about children and young people, even where there is no need to refer the matter immediately.
- Ensure all records are kept securely and in locked locations.
- Develop and then follow procedures where an allegation is made against an adult in the church.
- Ensure safe recruitment practices are followed.
3.2 We recognise that children and young people who are abused or witness violence may find it difficult to develop a sense of self worth. They may feel helplessness, humiliation and some sense of blame. The church may be the only stable, secure and predictable element in the lives of children and young people at risk. When at church, their behaviour may be challenging and defiant or they may be withdrawn. The church will endeavour to support the child or young person through:
- The church ethos which promotes a positive, supportive and secure environment and gives children and young people a sense of being valued.
- Liaison with other agencies that support children and young people such as social care,
4 Procedures for alleged child abuse by members of staff or volunteer working with children and young people
4.1 The DPS will be informed who will contact the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) to discuss the concern and act on advice given. He/She will also contact the Police Child Protection Unit if this is considered necessary after discussion with the LADO. All allegations will be logged.
5 Procedures for alleged child abuse by DPS
5.1 The Nominated Safeguarding Trustee will follow the procedures for allegations management. This will include making contact with the LADO and acting on advice and procedures given.
6 Monitoring and review
6.1 The Church Leadership Team will ensure that the church has a Designated Safeguarding Person and Safeguarding Trustee, affirmed by the Church Meeting to take lead responsibility for dealing with safeguarding issues. The Church Leadership Team will regularly monitor and review any incidents detailed by the DPS
6.2 This policy is reviewed annually by the Church Leadership Team.
6.3 The policy will be monitored on an annual basis through the DPS report to Church Leadership Team.
On Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults in the Church
Grange Baptist Church (referred to as ‘the church’ in the Policy Statement)
The vision of the church is:
To Know God’s Love. To Show Jesus’ life. To Grow in the Power of The Holy Spirit.
In fulfilling this vision the church:
has a programme of activities with children and young people., welcomes children, young people and vulnerable adults into the life of our community makes our premises available to organisations working with children and young people the church recognises its responsibilities for the safeguarding of all children and young people under the age of 18 and vulnerable adults (regardless of gender, ethnicity or ability) as set out in The Children’s Act 1989 and 2004, Safe from Harm (HM Government 1994) and Working Together to Safeguard Children (HM Government 2010).
As members of this church we commit ourselves to the nurturing, protection and safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults 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
It is the duty of each church member and each member of the wider church family to prevent the physical, sexual and emotional abuse of children, young people and vulnerable adults and the duty of all to respond to concerns about the well-being of children, young people and vulnerable adults 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 vulnerable adults, whether paid or voluntary. All workers will be provided with appropriate training, support and supervision to promote the safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults
Respecting children, young people and vulnerable adults
The church will adopt a code of behaviour for all who are appointed to work with children, young people and vulnerable adults, so that all children, young people and vulnerable adults 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, young people and vulnerable adults and will adopt ways of working with children, young people and vulnerable adults that promote their safety and well-being.
A safe community
The church is committed to the prevention of bullying of children, young people and vulnerable adults. The church will seek to ensure that the behaviour of any who may pose a risk to children, young people and vulnerable adults in the community of the church is managed appropriately.
The church has appointed Richard Poole as the Safeguarding Trustee tooversee and monitor implementation of the policy and procedures on behalf of the church’s charity trustee. The church has appointed David Crunkhurn as the Designated Person for Safeguarding to:
advise the church on any matters relating to the safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adultstake 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 church entrance. Each worker with children, young people and vulnerable adults whether paid or voluntary will be given a full copy of the policy and procedures and will be required to sign and 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 vulnerable adult from 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 church meeting in March together with a report on the outcome of the annual review.