Summary of the Ford’s Lane Church commitment to keeping everyone safe
This church commits to the nurturing, safeguarding and protection of everyone, especially children, young people and vulnerable adults, and to ensuring their well-being. This is in line with God’s commandment to treat others as we would like to be treated ourselves.
Members and visitors should take part in church activities with confidence that they and their families will be safe at all times. Safeguarding is therefore the responsibility of everyone in the church.
The church follows current legislation and government guidance on safeguarding. This includes ensuring everyone knows what to do if abuse is discovered or suspected. We also implement the requirements of legislation in regard to people with disabilities.
It is everyone’s responsibility to prevent all forms of abuse to children, young people and vulnerable adults, and to report any abuse discovered or suspected.
In this church the Safeguarding Lead is Paul Harper (07975 918466)
and the Deputy Safeguarding Lead is Clare Ayebare (07740 681990)
Individuals will contact one of these people if abuse is discovered or suspected.
Church leaders commit to making the church (including children and young people) aware of their roles and their names and contact details are publicly displayed.
The church supports, resources and trains those who work with children, young people and vulnerable adults (paid and volunteer), and provides necessary support as they do so. Church leaders exercise proper care in the selection and appointment of such workers.
Each worker with children, young people or vulnerable adults should know the safeguarding policy and Code of Conduct and agree to abide by them. The church provides training for workers and ensures they agree to abide by them.
Code of conduct for those working with children, young people and vulnerable adults
We will act in line with God’s commandment to treat others as we would like to be treated ourselves.
We will treat everyone with dignity and respect. We will encourage respect for difference, diversity, beliefs and culture.
We will act inclusively, seeking to make everyone feel welcome and valued. We will treat people with equal care and concern.
We will not encourage inappropriate attention from a particular child, young person or adult.
We will refer to a more senior worker if we need additional support.
We will not work alone with children, young people or vulnerable adults. If someone wants to talk one-to-one about an issue, we will find somewhere quieter, but still public, to talk, and seek to involve another worker.
We will ensure that any electronic communication is done with appropriate consent and is transparent, accountable, recorded and adheres to our safeguarding policy.
We will respect confidences except where we are not able to do so because of a serious concern about abuse.
We will only take and/or share photos in line with good practice guidelines.
We will use any physical contact wisely, in public, appropriate to the situation, in response to the age and needs of children, young people and vulnerable adults, with respect for feelings and dignity.
We will not threaten or use sanctions which have not been agreed, or make empty threats.
We will respect and uphold the rights of vulnerable adults to make their own decisions and choices.
We will follow the Ford’s Lane Safeguarding Policy. We will contact Paul Harper the Designated Safeguarding Lead (07975 918466) or Clare Ayebare the Deputy (07740 681990) if we suspect abuse is occurring or has occurred. Council Social Services or the police will be contacted where there are serious concerns about the continued well-being of a child, young person or vulnerable adult.