Working with Vulnerable Adults
The current guidelines from the Baptist Union’s on safeguarding vulnerable adults is entitled ‘Safe to Belong‘. 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 re-adopted at the church meeting held on 25th March 2020. It will be presented each year at the church Annual General Meeting where progress in carrying it out will be monitored.
- As members of this church we commit ourselves to the safeguarding of adults at risk and ensuring their well-being in the life of this church.
- It is the responsibility of each of us to prevent the physical, psychological, sexual, financial/material, discriminatory, organisational abuse and domestic violence, modern slavery, neglect/acts of omission and self-neglect of adults at risk and to report any such abuse that we discover or suspect.
- We are dedicated to provide pastoral care and support of those who have experienced abuse.
- We undertake to exercise proper care in the appointment and selection of those who work with adults who may be at risk.
- The church is committed to supporting, resourcing and training those who undertake this work.
- The church adopts the guidelines of Cambridgeshire Adult Services and the Baptist Union of Great Britain (published in Safe to Belong 2015).
- Each person who works with adults will agree to abide by these recommendations and the policy and procedures established by this church.
John Holmes is the Designated Person for Safeguarding Adults and is responsible for representing the concerns and views of adults at risk at our meetings and to outside organisations. He also is the person to contact for any concerns or questions regarding the protection of adults at risk.