SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN (0-18S) & ADULTS AT RISK IN THE CHURCH
The Junction Church has a programme of activities with children (0-18s) and welcomes adults at risk into the life of the community.
The church recognises its responsibilities for safeguarding all children (regardless of gender, ethnicity, background or ability) and we also recognise our responsibility to safeguard adults at risk.
WE BELIEVE THAT…
Everyone is created in the image of God and is loved by God and that we must reflect that belief in every interaction. Safeguarding is an outworking of the belief that everyone deserves to live, not just free from harm or abuse, but fully alive and aware of the fact that they are loved by God.
WE WILL SEEK TO KEEP CHILDREN AND ADULTS AT RISK SAFE BY…
- valuing, listening to and respecting each individual
- appointing a safeguarding lead
- adopting child protection and safeguarding ‘best practice’ through our policies, procedures and code of conduct for staff and volunteers
- developing and implementing an effective online safety policy and related procedures
- providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision, support, training and quality assurance measures so that all staff and volunteers know about and follow our policies, procedures and behaviour codes confidently and competently
- recruiting and selecting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made
- recording, storing and using information professionally and securely, in line with data protection legislation and guidance
- making sure that children, young people and their families know where to go for help if they have a concern
- using our safeguarding and child protection procedures to share concerns and relevant information with agencies who need to know, and involving children, young people, parents, families and carers appropriately
- using our procedures to manage any allegations against staff and volunteers appropriately
- creating and maintaining an anti-bullying environment and ensuring that we have a policy and procedure to help us deal effectively with any bullying that does arise
- ensuring that we have effective complaints and whistleblowing measures in place
- ensuring that we provide a safe physical environment for our children, young people, staff and volunteers, by applying health and safety measures in accordance with the law and regulatory guidance
- building a safeguarding culture where staff and volunteers, children, young people and their families, treat each other with respect and are comfortable about sharing concerns
(to request a copy of our Safeguarding Policy, please email)