SAFEGUARDING POLICY STATEMENT FOR MILL ROAD BAPTIST CHURCH
We meet as the family of God in heart of our community and God’s family keeps its doors open: therefore we welcome all people into our community including many people who are at risk, whoare unable to protect themselves from harm and who rely on us to protect them. Whether they are children or adults, regardless of gender, ethnicity, ability or creed, we recognize our responsibilities to safeguard all who come into contact with us.
Our safeguarding responsibilities
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 this policy and to the development of sound procedures to ensure we implement our policy well.
Prevention and reporting of abuse
It is the duty of each church member to help prevent the abuse of people at risk, and the duty of each church member to respond to concerns about the well-being of people at risk. Any 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.
Safer recruitment, support and supervision of workers
The church will exercise proper care in the selection and appointment of those working with people at risk, whether paid or voluntary. All workers will be provided with appropriate training, support and supervision to promote the safekeeping of people at risk.
Safer working practices
The church is committed to providing an environment that is as safe as possible for people at risk and will adopt ways of working with them that promote their safety and well-being.
A safer community
In Jesus’ name thischurch is committed to loving God and loving one another; so in the name of Jesus it will confront, oppose and prevent any behaviour that interferes with that commitment. (Bullying, manipulation and gossip, for example). 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.