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Bricknell Methodist-- Circuit Safeguarding Policy
Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults policy
for Bricknell Avenue Methodist Church Hull
Bricknell Methodist Church Safeguarding Policy
This policy was agreed at a Church Council held on Monday 14 March 2016.
It will be reviewed annually
The Methodist Church, along with the whole Christian community, is charged to love and care for all people everywhere and in particular for the most vulnerable members of society. Whilst not denying the needs of others, this policy addressed the safeguarding of children and young people. It is intended to be a dynamic policy. Children and young people have particular needs that can be met by the Church if its members respond to the call to be Christ’s people, loving in his way. This means living in today’s world amongst its problems and challenges recognising that some of these will be challenges for the Church itself. This policy is designed to support the Church in being a safe, supportive and caring community for children and young people, for survivors of abuse, for communities and for those affected by abuse
The Bricknell Methodist Church fully agrees with the Connexional Statement reiterated in ‘Creating safer Space’ (2007)
‘As the people of the Methodist Church we are concerned with the wholeness of each individual within God’s purpose for everyone. We seek to safeguard all members of the church community of all ages. It is the responsibility of each one of us to prevent the physical sexual or emotional abuse and neglect of children and young people’
The Bricknell Methodist Church recognises the serious issue of child abuse in its various forms and the effects over long periods of time that this may have on people and on their development including their spiritual and religious development. Moving forward from this may be a lengthy process for survivors, offenders and communities. It accepts its responsibility for ensuring that all children and young people in its care are safe and that their welfare is promoted. It accepts its responsibility to support, listen to and work for healing with survivors, offenders, communities and for those who care about them
The Bricknell Methodist Church commits itself to respond without delay to any allegation, disclosure or cause for concern that a child or young person has been or may be harmed whether within the Church or in any other context
The Bricknell Methodist Church commits itself to the provision of support, advice and training for lay and ordained people that will ensure people are clear and confident about their roles and responsibilities in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.
The Bricknell Methodist Church affirms and gives thanks for the work of those who are workers with children and young people and acknowledges the shared responsibility of all of us for safeguarding children and young people on our premises.
The purposes of this safeguarding policy are to ensure procedures are in place and people are clear about roles and responsibilities for children in our care and using our premises. It is to be read in conjunction with the District and Circuit policy and with the latest edition of the ‘Safeguarding’ book
We believe good practice means that
Appointment and training of workers
Workers will be appointed after completion of Safeguarding Form A and a satisfactory CRB disclosure. Each worker will be expected to undergo basic safeguarding training, in accordance with Module A within the first year of appointment. The other training needs of each worker will be considered (e.g. food hygiene, first aid, etc.) And each worker will have an annual review conducted by a named member of Church Council and another worker within the organisation. The Safeguarding Form A’s will be held securely by the minister
Pastoral Visitors will be supported in their role with the provision of basic safeguarding training upon appointment.
It is the minister’s responsibility to ensure that no office holder or person with a responsibility, including those with lone access to the building, has been convicted of or cautioned for a sexual offence against children
Guidelines for working with children and young people
A leaflet will be produced and reviewed annually to be given to each worker with children and young people outlining good practice and systems. The leaflet will be reviewed annually with this policy [Church Councils may produce their own material or use appropriate Connexional leaflets]
Any computer being used on church premises by children and young people or to which they have access will be professionally checked. Any such computer with internet access will be sited so that the screen can be seen readily
Where ecumenical events happen on church premises, safeguarding is the responsibility of this Church Council
Events with church groups off the premises
Adequate staffing will be ensured for such events, together with parental consents. Notification of the event will be given to PAULINE WINN (with the exception of uniformed organisations who have their own procedures)
Other groups on church premises
Where the building is hired for outside use, the person signing the letting agreement will be given a copy of this policy and the leaflet. The lettings secretary will consider the various users of the building in making lettings
It is hoped that these can generally be dealt with internally by the organisations. However, a complaint may be made to a person who will be appointed by the Church Council and who is currently PAULINE WINN. If a complaint is made to another person, it should be passed to PAULINE WINN who will arrange to meet with the complainant and attempt to resolve the complaint. If the complaint cannot be resolved, consideration will be given to invoking the complaints system of the Methodist Church which will involve initially speaking with the Local Complaints Officer who is REV DAVID PERRY.
This policy will be reviewed annually by the Church Council. The date of the next review is MARCH 2017
Key concepts and definitions
Children and young people anyone who has not reached their eighteenth birthday.
Safeguarding protecting children from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children’s health and development ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care. Undertaking that role so as to enable those children to have optimum chances and to enter adulthood successfully.
Dated…14 MARCH 2016
REV DAVID PERRY
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