This is our updated Safeguarding Policy as agreed at the Members Meeting on the 29th January 2017
- As members of this church, we commit ourselves to the nurturing, protection and
safekeeping of all, especially children and young people. We are committed to their
spiritual, physical and mental development and well-being.
- It is the responsibility of the members of the church for us to prevent the physical, sexual and emotional abuse of children and young people, and to report any abuse discovered or suspected to the either a member of the leadership team or to the Safeguarding email address (Safeguarding@devonportbaptist.co.uk)
- We recognise that our work with children and young people is the responsibility of the
whole church; we acknowledge God’s goodness and pray for His blessing and protection
upon our young people and all who work with them.
- We undertake to exercise proper care in the selection and appointment of those working
with children, young people and vulnerable adults, whether paid or volunteer. A DBS is the minimum requirement for those working with children, young people and vulnerable adults (please contact our DBS officer) and level 1 Safeguarding should be undertaken at the earliest opportunity.
- The church is committed to following the Home Office Code of Practice “Safe from Harm”
and adopts the guidelines and procedures published by the Baptist Union of Great Britain
in its publication “Safe to Grow”.
- Each worker with children and young people must know the recommendations, and undertake to observe them. Each shall be given a copy of the church’s agreed procedures and Good Practice guidelines.
- As part of our commitment to children and young people, the church has appointed Bridget Stovold to be their Advocate, she can be contacted on: Safeguarding@devonportbaptist.co.uk