Safeguarding & Our Safeguarding Policy
As a church, we strive to be a place where all people are safe from harm, and where anyone can find help and support. In order to achieve this, we have a robust safeguarding policy, DBS checks for all workers and relevant volunteers, and undertake regular safeguarding training. Below is our Safeguarding Policy Statement; a copy of our full safeguarding policy can be found below.
If you have any concerns about safeguarding in Vine Baptist Church, please contact the Designated Person for Safeguarding: Alice Diaper, firstname.lastname@example.org, or our Safeguarding Trustee: David Wheeler, David.email@example.com.
Safeguarding Policy Statement
The vision statement of Vine Baptist Church is to be the hands and feet of Jesus in the community, bringing people closer to a loving and caring God.
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
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.