As a Leadership we recognise the need to provide a safe and caring environment for children, young people and vulnerable adults. We acknowledge that children, young people and vulnerable adults can be the victims of physical, sexual and emotional abuse, and neglect.
We accept the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant of Human Rights, which states that everyone is entitled to “all the rights and freedoms set forth therein, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status”. We also concur with the Convention on the Rights of the Child which states that children should be able to develop their full potential, free from hunger and want, neglect and abuse. They have a right to be protected from “all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment or exploitation, including sexual abuse, while in the care of parent(s), legal guardian(s), or any other person who has care of the child.”
As a Leadership we have therefore adopted the procedures set out in our Safeguarding Policy in accordance with statutory guidance. We are committed to build constructive links with statutory and voluntary agencies involved in safeguarding.
The Leadership undertakes to:
• endorse and follow all national and local safeguarding legislation and procedures, in addition to the international conventions outlined above.
• provide on-going safeguarding training for all its workers and will regularly review the operational guidelines attached.
• ensure that the premises meet the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and all other relevant legislation, and that it is welcoming and inclusive.
• support the Safeguarding Coordinator in their work and in any action they may need to take in order to protect children and vulnerable adults.
Each person who works within this church community will agree to abide by this policy and the guidelines established by this church.
BEC has appointed Jenny Skipp as our Church Safeguarding Co-ordinator and Sue Boardman as our Church Safeguarding Administrator.
Our Safeguarding Co-ordinator is the first person to speak to if you have any concerns around the welfare of a child or vulnerable adult.
If you would prefer to speak with someone outside the church
Alternative contact details
NSPCC: 0808 800 5000
CHILDLINE: 0800 1111
STOP IT NOW: 0808 1000 900
NAPAC: 0808 801 0331
SAMARITANS: 116 123
FAMILY LIVES: 0808 800 2222
NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HELPLINE: 0808 2000 247
ACTION ON ELDER ABUSE: 080 8808 8141