SAFEGUARDING STATEMENT

Poulner Baptist Chapel Safeguarding Statement
Updated March 2021


The Trustees at Poulner Baptist Chapel recognises the importance of its ministry / work with children and young people and adults with care and support needs in need of protection and its responsibility to protect everyone entrusted to our care.


The following statement was agreed by the Trustees: on 27 September 2018 and is still valid.


Poulner Baptist Chapel is committed to the safeguarding of children and adults with care and support needs and ensuring their wellbeing. Specifically:

 

  • We recognise that we all have a responsibility to help prevent the physical, sexual, emotional abuse and neglect of children and young people (those under 18 years of age) and to report any such abuse that we discover or suspect.

  • We believe every child should be valued, safe and happy. We want to make sure that children we have contact with know this and are empowered to tell us if they are suffering harm.

  • All children and young people have the right to be treated with respect, to be listened to and to be protected from all forms of abuse.

  • We recognise that we all have a responsibility to help prevent the physical, sexual, psychological, financial and discriminatory abuse and neglect of adults with care and support needs and to report any such abuse that we discover or suspect.

  • We recognise the personal dignity and rights of adults with care and support needs and will ensure all our policies and procedures reflect this.

  • We believe all adults should enjoy and have access to every aspect of the life at Poulner Baptist Chapel unless they pose a risk to the safety of those we serve.

  • We undertake to exercise proper care in the appointment and selection of all those who will work with children and adults with care and support needs.


We are committed to:

 

  • Following the requirements for UK legislation in relation to safeguarding children and adults with care and support needs and good practice recommendations;

  • Respecting the rights of children as described in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child;

  • Implementing the requirements of legislation in regard to people with disabilities;

  • Ensuring that workers adhere to the agreed procedures of our safeguarding policy;

  • Keeping up to date with national and local developments relating to safeguarding;

  • Following any denominational or organisational guidelines in relation to safeguarding children and adults in need of protection;

  • Supporting the safeguarding team and those engaged in regulated activity in their work and in any action they may need to take in order to protect children/adults with care and support needs;

  • Ensuring that everyone agrees to abide by these recommendations and the guidelines established by Poulner Baptist Chapel;

  • Supporting parents and families;

  • Nurturing, protecting and safeguarding of children and young people;

  • Supporting, resourcing, training, monitoring and providing supervision to all those who undertake this work;

  • Supporting all at Poulner Baptist Chapel affected by abuse;

  • Adopting and following the ‘Safe and Secure’ safeguarding standards developed by the THIRTY-ONE:EIGHT (formerly CCPAS).

 

We recognise:


Children’s Social Services (or equivalent) has lead responsibility for investigating all allegations or suspicions of abuse where there are concerns about a child. Adult Social Care (or equivalent) has lead responsibility for investigating all allegations or suspicions of abuse where there are concerns about a vulnerable adult.
Where an allegation suggests that a criminal offence may have been committed then the police should be contacted as a matter of urgency.
Where working outside of the UK, concerns will be reported to the appropriate agencies in the country in which we operate, and their procedures followed, and in addition we will report concerns to our agency’s headquarters.
Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.

 

The detailed Safeguarding policy is available on request to the Church Office. We will review this statement and this policy and

procedures annually.

 

Poulner Baptist Chapel
Charity Registration Number: 1139509
A Charitable Company number: 7448613