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The current guidelines from the Baptist Union's on safeguarding vulnerable adults is entitled 'Safe to Belong' and can be ordered from the Baptist Union's webstore by clicking here. The church is following these guidelines and will be drawing up our own specific procedures once these guidelines have been reviewed and reissued by the Baptist Union.

Following the introduction of the Care Act 2014, our polices in relation to Safeguarding Adults are currently under review.

 

Policy statement on Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults in the Church

This statement was adopted at the church meeting held on 14th November 2012. It will be presented each year to a church meeting held in the month of November where progress in carrying it out will be monitored.

  1. As members of this church we commit ourselves to the Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults and ensuring their well-being in the life of this church
  2. It is the responsibility of each of us to prevent the physical, emotional, sexual, financial and spiritual abuse of vulnerable adults and to report any such abuse that we discover or suspect
  3. We undertake to exercise proper care in the appointment and selection of those who will work with vulnerable adults
  4. The church is committed to supporting, resourcing and training those who undertake this work
  5. The church adopts the guidelines of the Baptist Union of Great Britain published in Safe to Belong
  6. Each person who works with vulnerable adults will agree to abide by these recommendations and the guidelines established by this church

Responsible people

The church has appointed Catrin Horrex as the Safeguarding Deacon to:

  • Oversee and monitor implementation of the policy and procedures on behalf of the church’s charity trustees. (The Minister and the Deacons).

The church has appointed Helen Thatcher and Tim Williamson as the Designated Persons for Safeguarding to:

  • Advise the church on any matters related to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults
  • Take the appropriate action when abuse is disclosed, discovered or suspected.