Policy Statement on Safeguarding in West Lane Baptist Church, Haworth
(referred to as “the church” in the Policy Statement)
The vision statement of the church is:
“Proclaiming Jesus Christ as Lord and seeking to serve the community in His name”.
In fulfilling this vision we:
- welcome children and adults at risk into the life of our community
- run activities and events 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 for the safeguarding of 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 the following policies and to the development of sound procedures to ensure their implementation.
- Prevention and reporting of abuse
It is the duty of each church member to 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 child 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.
- Safe 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 volunteer. 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 at risk are shown the respect that is due to them.
- Safe 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 safe 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.