Safeguarding Policy : Rock and Redeemer

July 2016

To be reviewed July 2017 (or sooner if legislation dictates)



 Section 1 Details of the place of worship / organisation

Section 2 Recognising and responding appropriately to an allegation or suspicion of abuse

Section 3 Prevention

Section 4 Pastoral Care

Section 5 Practice Guidelines

Appendix 1 Leadership Safeguarding Statement

Appendix 2  Safeguarding Poster

Appendix 3 Code of Conduct

Appendix 4 Consent Form


Section 1Details of the place of worship / organisation

Name of Place of Worship / Organisation:

The Rock and Redeemer Vineyard Church

Address: 26 Great Northern Road, Dunstable Bedfordshire LU5 4BP



Membership of Denomination/Organisation: Vineyard Churches UK

Charity Number:          1156916                     Company Number:     08818216

Insurance Company:  Ansvar Insurance          Policy Number:         CHF6107560


The following is a brief description of our place of worship / organisation and the type of work / activities we undertake with children and adults who have care and support needs:


The Rock and Redeemer Vineyard Church currently conducts services at Ardley Hill Academy, Lowther Road Dunstable. We hire the premises including hall, classrooms and staff kitchen. After worship the children are taken into small groups. We have one for crèche, one for reception age and above and one for older children up to the age of 12. The adult members who facilitate the groups have all been DBS checked and engage in spreading The Word to the children through, worship, play, artwork and storytelling. There is also a weekly Mum’s and Toddlers Group on every other Monday at a member’s home. 

Legal Framework

The legal framework for England includes the Children Acts 1989 and 2004, and, for adults with care and support needs, The Care Act 2014.

Following the implementation of the Children Act 1989, HM Government issued ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ which spells out the responsibilities of all the various agencies working with children to ensure that they are kept safe. The guidance is for statutory agencies and voluntary organisations (including churches, other places of worship and faith-based organisations) alike and covers all the expectations of government in relation to safeguarding children in England. A number of revisions of Working Together have been produced, the most recent version of this guidance being published in April 2013.

The 2010 version of Working Together specifically referred to places of worship where it said: ‘Churches, other places of worship and faith-based organisations provide a wide range of activities for children and young people. They are some of the largest providers of children and youth work, and have an important role in safeguarding children and supporting families. Religious leaders, staff and volunteers who provide services in places of worship and in faith-based organisations will have various degrees of contact with children’. All versions of Working Together have included faith communities as needing to implement safeguarding policy and practice.

It goes without saying that overseas organisations working in the UK must comply with UK law, policies and standards. British based organisations working overseas must follow the law, policies and standards of that country. If the country does not have appropriate legislation or standards, the organisation should work to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and UK standards as defined by the Care Standards Act 2000, as a minimum.

Our Commitment

As a Leadership we recognise the need to provide a safe and caring environment for children, young people and adults.  We acknowledge that children, young people and adults can be the victims of physical, sexual and emotional abuse, and neglect.  We accept the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant of Human Rights, which states that everyone is entitled to “all the rights and freedoms set forth therein, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status”. We also concur with the Convention on the Rights of the Child which states that children should be able to develop their full potential, free from hunger and want, neglect and abuse.   They have a right to be protected from “all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment or exploitation, including sexual abuse, while in the care of parent(s), legal guardian(s), or any other person who has care of the child.”  As a Leadership we have therefore adopted the procedures set out in this safeguarding policy in accordance with statutory guidance.  We are committed to build constructive links with statutory and voluntary agencies involved in safeguarding.  

The policy and attached practice guidelines are based on the ten Safe and Securesafeguarding standards published by the Churches' Child Protection Advisory Service (CCPAS) and prepared in consultation with Vineyard Churches UK

The Leadership undertakes to: 

·       Endorse and follow all national and local safeguarding legislation and procedures, in addition to the international conventions outlined above.

·      provide on-going safeguarding training for all its workers and will regularly review the operational guidelines attached.

·      ensure that the premises meet the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 and all other relevant legislation, and that it is welcoming and inclusive.

·      support the Safeguarding Coordinator(s) in their work and in any action they may need to take in order to protect children and vulnerable adults.

·      The Leadership agrees not to allow the document to be copied by other organisations.  

Section 2Recognising and responding appropriately to an allegation or suspicion of abuse

Understanding abuse and neglect

 Defining child abuse or abuse against an adult is a difficult and complex issue. A person may abuse by inflicting harm, or failing to prevent harm. Children and adults in need of protection may be abused within a family, an institution or a community setting. Very often the abuser is known or in a trusted relationship with the child or adult.

In order to safeguard those in our places of worship and organisations we adhere to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and have as our starting point as a definition of abuse, Article 19 which states:

1. States Parties shall take all appropriate legislative, administrative, social and educational measures to protect the child from all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, maltreatment or exploitation, including sexual abuse, while in the care of parent(s), legal guardian(s) or any other person who has the care of the child. 

2. Such protective measures should, as appropriate, include effective procedures for the establishment of social programmes to provide necessary support for the child and for those who have the care of the child, as well as for other forms of prevention and for identification, reporting, referral, investigation, treatment and follow-up of instances of child maltreatment described heretofore, and, as appropriate, for judicial involvement. 

Also for adults the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights with particular reference to Article 5 which states:

No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

 Detailed definitions, and signs and symptoms of abuse, as well as how to respond to a disclosure of abuse, are included here in our policy.

Definitions of abuse(Children):

The four definitions of abuse below operate in England based on the government guidance ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015)’.

What is abuse and neglect?
Abuse and neglect are forms of maltreatment of a child. Somebody may abuse or neglect a child by inflicting harm, or by failing to act to prevent harm. Children may be abused in a family or in an institutional or community setting, by those known to them or, more rarely, by a stranger for example, via the internet. They may be abused by an adult or adults, or another child or children.

  1. Physical abuse
    Physical abuse may involve hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning or scalding, drowning, suffocating, or otherwise causing physical harm to a child. Physical harm may also be caused when a parent or carer fabricates the symptoms of, or deliberately induces, illness in a child.
  2. Emotional abuse
    Emotional abuse is the persistent emotional maltreatment of a child such as to cause severe and persistent adverse effects on the child’s emotional development.

    It may involve conveying to children that they are worthless or unloved, inadequate, or valued only insofar as they meet the needs of another person. It may include not giving the child opportunities to express their views, deliberately silencing them or ‘making fun’ of what they say or how they communicate. It may feature age or developmentally inappropriate expectations being imposed on children. These may include interactions that are beyond the child’s developmental capability, as well as overprotection and limitation of exploration and learning, or preventing the child participating in normal social interaction. It may involve seeing or hearing the ill-treatment of another. It may involve serious bullying (including cyber bullying), causing children frequently to feel frightened or in danger, or the exploitation or corruption of children. Some level of emotional abuse is involved in all types of maltreatment of a child, though it may occur alone.
  3. Sexual abuse
    Sexual abuse involves forcing or enticing a child or young person to take part in sexual activities, not necessarily involving a high level of violence, whether or not the child is aware of what is happening. The activities may involve physical contact, including assault by penetration (for example, rape or oral sex) or non-penetrative acts such as masturbation, kissing, rubbing and touching outside of clothing. They may also include non-contact activities, such as involving children in looking at, or in the production of, sexual images, watching sexual activities, encouraging children to behave in sexually inappropriate ways, or grooming a child in preparation for abuse (including via the internet). Sexual abuse is not solely perpetrated by adult males. Women can also commit acts of sexual abuse, as can other children.
  4. Neglect
    Neglect is the persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and/or psychological needs, likely to result in the serious impairment of the child’s health or development. Neglect may occur during pregnancy as a result of maternal substance abuse. Once a child is born, neglect may involve a parent or carer failing to:
  • provide adequate food, clothing and shelter (including exclusion from home or abandonment);
  • protect a child from physical and emotional harm or danger;
  • ensure adequate supervision (including the use of inadequate care-givers); or
  • Ensure access to appropriate medical care or treatment.

It may also include neglect of, or unresponsiveness to, a child’s basic emotional needs

 Definitions of Abuse (Adults):

The following definition of abuse is laid down in ‘No Secrets: Guidance on developing and implementing multi-agency policies and procedures to protect vulnerable adults from abuse (Department of Health 2000):

‘Abuse is a violation of an individual’s human and civil rights by any other person or persons. In giving substance to that statement, however, consideration needs to be given to a number of factors:

Abuse may consist of a single act or repeated acts. It may be physical, verbal or psychological, it may be an act of neglect or an omission to act, or it may occur when a vulnerable person is persuaded to enter into a financial or sexual transaction to which he or she has not consented, or cannot consent. Abuse can occur in any relationship and may result in significant harm to, or exploitation of, the person subjected to it’.

1.    Physical Abuse
This is the infliction of pain or physical injury, which is either caused deliberately, or through lack of care.

2.    Sexual Abuse
This is the involvement in sexual activities to which the person has not consented or does not truly comprehend and so cannot give informed consent, or where the other party is in a position of trust, power or authority and uses this to override or overcome lack of consent.

3.    Psychological or Emotional Abuse
These are acts or behaviour, which cause mental distress or anguish or negates the wishes of the vulnerable adult. It is also behaviour that has a harmful effect on the vulnerable adult’s emotional health and development or any other form of mental cruelty.

4.    Financial or Material Abuse
This is the inappropriate use, misappropriation, embezzlement or theft of money, property or possessions

5.    Neglect/Self Neglect
This is the repeated deprivation of assistance that the vulnerable adult needs for important activities of daily living, including the failure to intervene in behaviour which is dangerous to the vulnerable adult or to others. A vulnerable person may be suffering from neglect when their general well being or development is impaired

6.    Discriminatory Abuse
This is the inappropriate treatment of a vulnerable adult because of their age, gender, race, religion, cultural background, sexuality, disability etc. Discriminatory abuse exists when values, beliefs or culture result in a misuse of power that denies opportunity to some groups or individuals. Discriminatory abuse links to all other forms of abuse.

7.    Organisational Abuse
This is the mistreatment or abuse of a vulnerable adult by a regime

 Signs and symptoms of abuse:  

The following signs could be indicators that abuse has taken place but should be considered in context of the child’s whole life.


  • Injuries not consistent with the explanation given for them
  • Injuries that occur in places not normally exposed to falls, rough games, etc
  • Injuries that have not received medical attention
  • Reluctance to change for, or participate in, games or swimming
  • Repeated urinary infections or unexplained tummy pains
  • Bruises on babies, bites, burns, fractures etc which do not have an accidental explanation*
  • Cuts/scratches/substance abuse*


  • Any allegations made concerning sexual abuse
  • Excessive preoccupation with sexual matters and detailed knowledge of adult sexual behaviour
  • Age-inappropriate sexual activity through words, play or drawing
  • Child who is sexually provocative or seductive with adults
  • Inappropriate bed-sharing arrangements at home
  • Severe sleep disturbances with fears, phobias, vivid dreams or nightmares, sometimes with overt or veiled sexual connotations
  • Eating disorders - anorexia, bulimia*


  • Changes or regression in mood or behaviour, particularly where a child withdraws or becomes clinging.
  • Depression, aggression, extreme anxiety.
  • Nervousness, frozen watchfulness
  • Obsessions or phobias
  • Sudden under-achievement or lack of concentration
  • Inappropriate relationships with peers and/or adults
  • Attention-seeking behaviour
  • Persistent tiredness
  • Running away/stealing/lying


  • Under nourishment, failure to grow, constant hunger, stealing or gorging food, Untreated illnesses,
  • Inadequate care, etc

*These indicate the possibility that a child or young person is self-harming. Approximately 20,000 are treated in accident and emergency departments in the UK each year.

How to respond to a child wishing to disclose abuse:  

Effective Listening

Ensure the physical environment is welcoming, giving opportunity for the child or vulnerable adult to talk in private but making sure others are aware the conversation is taking place.

  • It is especially important to allow time and space for the person to talk
  • Above everything else listen without interrupting
  • Be attentive and look at them whilst they are speaking
  • Show acceptance of what they say (however unlikely the story may sound) by reflecting back words or short phrases they have used
  • Try to remain calm, even if on the inside you are feeling something different
  • Be honest and don’t make promises you can’t keep regarding confidentiality
  • If they decide not to tell you after all, accept their decision but let them know that you are always ready to listen.
  • Use language that is age appropriate and, for those with disabilities, ensure there is someone available who understands sign language, Braille etc.


  • You have done the right thing in telling
  • I am glad you have told me
  • I will try to help you


  • Why didn't you tell anyone before?
  • I can't believe it!
  • Are you sure this is true?
  • Why?  How?  When?  Who?  Where?
  • I am shocked, don't tell anyone else

Safeguarding awareness

The Leadership is committed to on-going safeguarding training and development opportunities for all workers, developing a culture of awareness of safeguarding issues to help protect everyone.  All our workers will receive induction training and undertake recognised safeguarding training on a regular basis. This will be based upon “Facingthe Unthinkable” a seminar prepared by CCPAS as part of theirinduction which has been purchased by The Leadership in DVD format 

Responding to allegations of abuse

 Under no circumstances should a worker carry out their own investigation into an allegation or suspicion of abuse.  Following procedures as below:

·      The person in receipt of allegations or suspicions of abuse should report concerns as soon as possible to (Name) Henry Cross(hereafter the "Safeguarding Co-ordinator") tel no: 07815 494559 who is nominated by the Leadership to act on their behalf in dealing with the allegation or suspicion of neglect or abuse, including referring the matter on to the statutory authorities. 

·      In the absence of the Safeguarding Co-ordinator or, if the suspicions in any way involve the Safeguarding Co-ordinator, then the report should be made to (Name) Nicky Royce(hereafter the "Deputy ") tel no: 07800968154.  If the suspicions implicate both the Safeguarding Co-ordinator and the Deputy, then the report should be made in the first instance to the Churches' Child Protection Advisory Service (CCPAS) PO Box 133, Swanley, Kent, BR8 7UQ. Telephone 0845 120 4550.  Alternatively contact Social Services or the police. 

·       Where the concern is about a child the Safeguarding Co-ordinator should contact Children’s Social Services.  Where the concern is regarding an adult in need of protection contact Adult Social Services or take advice from CCPAS as above.

  • The local Children’s Social Services office telephone number (office hours) is 0300 300 8585. The out of hours number is  0300 300 8123

The local Adult Social Services office telephone number (office hours) is 0300 300 8122The out of hours emergency number is 0300 300 8123  

The Police Protection Team telephone number is 01234 846960

·      The Safeguarding Co-ordinator mayneed to inform others depending on the circumstances and/or nature of the concern This can include but is not limited tothe Trustees to log that a safeguarding concern is being dealt with,the  Insurance company to log that there is a possibility of a serious incident concerning safeguarding or a Designated Officer (formerly LADO) if allegations have been made about a person who has a role with under 18’s elsewhere or another denominational officer e.g.VineyardSafeguarding Adviser or similar.

·      Suspicions must not be discussed with anyone other than those nominated above. A written record of the concerns should be made in accordance with these procedures and kept in a secure place.

·      Whilst allegations or suspicions of abuse will normally be reported to the Safeguarding Co-ordinator, the absence of the Safeguarding Co-ordinator or Deputy should not delay referral to Social Services, the Police or taking advice from CCPAS.

·      The Leadership will support the Safeguarding Co-ordinator/Deputy in their role, and accept that any information they may have in their possession will be shared in a strictly limited way on a need to know basis.

·      It is, of course, the right of any individual as a citizen to make a direct referral to the safeguarding agencies or seek advice from CCPAS, although the Leadership hope that members of the place of worship / organisation will use this procedure. If, however, the individual with the concern feels that the Safeguarding Co-ordinator/Deputy has not responded appropriately, or where they have a disagreement with the Safeguarding Co-ordinator(s) as to the appropriateness of a referral they are free to contact an outside agency direct.  We hope by making this statement that the Leadership demonstrate its commitment to effective safeguarding and the protection of all those who are vulnerable.

The role of the safeguarding co-ordinator/ deputy is to collate and clarify the precise details of the allegation or suspicion and pass this information on to statutory agencies who have a legal duty to investigate. 

Detailed procedures where there is a concern about a child:

Allegations of physical injury, neglect or emotional abuse

If a child has a physical injury, a symptom of neglect or where there are concerns about emotional abuse, the Safeguarding Co-ordinator/Deputy will:

·      Contact Children’s Social Services (or CCPAS) for advice in cases of deliberate injury, if concerned about a child's safety or if a child is afraid to return home.  

·      Not tell the parents or carers unless advised to do so, having contacted Children’s Social Services.  

·      Seek medical help if needed urgently, informing the doctor of any suspicions.  

·      For lesser concerns, (e.g. poor parenting), encourage parent/carer to seek help, but not if this places the child at risk of significant harm. 

·      Where the parent/carer is unwilling to seek help, offer to accompany them.  In cases of real concern, if they still fail to act, contact Children’s Social Services direct for advice. 

·      Seek and follow advice given by CCPAS (who will confirm their advice in writing) if unsure whether or not to refer a case to Children’s Social Services.

 Allegations of sexual abuse

In the event of allegations or suspicions of sexual abuse, the Safeguarding Co-ordinator/Deputy will:

·      Contact the Children’s Social Services Department Duty Social Worker for children and families or Police Child Protection Team direct. They will NOT speak to the parent/carer or anyone else.

·      Seek and follow the advice given by CCPAS if, for any reason they are unsure whether or not to contact Children’s Social Services/Police. CCPAS will confirm its advice in writing for future reference. 

Detailed procedures where there is a concern that an adult is in need of protection:

Suspicions or allegations of abuse or harm including; physical, sexual, organisational, financial, discriminatory, neglect, self neglect, forced marriage, modern slavery, domestic abuse

If there is concern about any of the above, Safeguarding Co-ordinator/Deputy will:

·       Contact the Adult Social Care Team who have responsibility under the Care Act 2014 to investigate allegations of abuse. Alternatively CCPAS can be contacted for advice.

·       If the adult is in immediate danger or has sustained a serious injury contact the Emergency Services, informing them of any suspicions.

Allegations of abuse against a person who works with children/young people

If an accusation is made against a worker (whether a volunteer or paid member of staff) whilst following the procedure outlined above, the Safeguarding Co-ordinator, in accordance with Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) procedures will need to liaise with Children’s Social Services in regards to the suspension of the worker, also making a referral to a designated officer formerly called a Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO).

(In addition to this, whether or not there are such mechanisms in operation, consideration can  be given to whether a referral should be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service which manages the list of those people deemed unsuitable for working with children or vulnerable adults. This will be in communewith a designated officer about the need to refer to the DBS. If a designated officer is not involved, there may be aneed to contact the DBS if the situation is,that the nature of concern leads toan  endof  the employment of the worker or volunteer or would have made this decision in circumstances where they have left voluntarily)

Allegations of abuse against a person who works with adults with care and support needs.

The Care Act places the duty upon Adult Servicesto investigate situations of harm to adults with care and support needs. This may result in a range of options including action against the person or organisation causing the harm, increasing the support for the carers or no further action if the ‘victim’ chooses for no further action and they have the capacity to communicate their decision. However, this is a decision for Adult Services to decide not the church.

Section 3Prevention

Safer recruitment

The Leadership will ensure all workers will be appointed, trained, supported and supervised in accordance with government guidance on safe recruitment.  This includes ensuring that:

  • There is a written job description / person specification for the post
  • Those applying have completed an application form and a self declaration form
  • Those short listed have been interviewed
  • Safeguarding has been discussed at interview
  • Written references have been obtained, and followed up where appropriate
  • A disclosure and barring check has been completed where necessary (we will comply with Code of Practice requirements concerning the fair treatment of applicants and the handling of information)
  • Qualifications where relevant have been verified
  • A suitable training programme is provided for the successful applicant
  • The applicant has completed a probationary period
  • The applicant has been given a copy of the organisation’s safeguarding policy and knows how to report concerns.

Management of Workers – Codes of Conduct

As a Leadership we are committed to supporting all workers and ensuring they receive support and supervision. All workers will beissued with a code of conduct (see appendix 1) towards children, young people and adults with care and support needsregarding abuse of trust. 

Section 4Pastoral Care

Supporting those affected by abuse

The Leadership is committed to offering pastoral care, working with statutory agencies as appropriate, and support to all those who have been affected by abuse who have contact with or are part of the place of worship / organisation.This can be through signposting to relevant counselling agencies, pastoral teams, prayer or practical support

Working with offenders

When someone attending the place of worship / organisation is known to have abused children, or is known to be a risk to vulnerable adults the Leadership will supervise the individual concerned and offer pastoral care, but in its safeguarding commitment to the protection of children and vulnerable adults, set boundaries for that person which they will be expected to keep. 

Section 5Practice Guidelines

As an organisation / place of worship  working with children, young people and vulnerable adults we wish to operate and promote good working practice. This will enable workers to run activities safely, develop good relationships and minimise the risk of false or unfounded accusation. 

As well as a general code of conduct for workers we also have specific good practice guidelines for every activity we are involved in and these will be developedas need arises on an ongoing basis

Consent forms at Appendix 4 will be signed regarding the general health and consent to activities. This also includes consent for the use or not of images and videos for use by the Rock and Redeemer Vineyard Church for internal and external purposes.

Working in Partnership

The diversity of organisations and settings means there can be great variation in practice when it comes to safeguarding children, young people and adults. This can be because of cultural tradition, belief and religious practice or understanding, for example, of what constitutes abuse.

We therefore have clear guidelines in regards to our expectations of those with whom we work in partnership, whether in the UK or not. We will discuss with all partners our safeguarding expectations and have a partnership agreement for safeguarding. It is also our expectation that any organisation using our premises, as part of the letting agreement will have their own policy that meets CCPAS’ safeguarding standards.

Good communication is essential in promoting safeguarding, both to those we wish to protect, to everyone involved in working with children and adults and to all those with whom we work in partnership. This safeguarding policy is just one means of promoting safeguarding. 

The Poster at Appendix 2 will contain details of the Partners which are appropriate for the safety of both children and vulnerable adults. All communication details will be readily available

Signed by:       ________________________________


Date:                ________________________________

Appendix 1Leadership Safeguarding Statement

The Leadership,Henry and Debra Crossrecognise the importance of its ministry /work with children and young people and adults in need of protection and its responsibility to protect everyone entrusted to our care.

The following statement was agreed by the leadership/organisation on: _____________________

This place of worship/organisation is committed to the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults and ensuring their well-being. 


·     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 who have care and support needs and to report any such abuse that we discover or suspect.

·     We recognise the personal dignity and rights of adults who find themselves victims of forced marriage or modern slavery 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 of the place of worship/organisation 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 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 co-ordinator/s in their work and in any action they may need to take in order to protect children/vulnerable adults.

·     Ensuring that everyone agrees to abide by these recommendations and the guidelines established by this place of worship/organisation.

·      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 in the place of worship/organisation affected by abuse.

·     Adopting and following the ‘Safe and Secure’ safeguarding standards developed by the Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service.

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 an adult with care and support needs.

·     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.

We will review this statement and our policy and procedures annually.

If you have any concerns for a child or adult with care and support needs then speak to one of the following who have been approved as safeguarding co-ordinators for this place of worship/organisation.

_____________________________________________________________ Safeguarding Coordinator

_____________________________________________________Deputy Child Safeguarding Coordinator

A copy of the full policy and procedures is available from ______________ 

Signed by leadership/organisation

Signed__________________________        ________________________

Date     __________________________

Appendix 2  Safeguarding Poster


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Appendix 3 Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

Our commitment

As a Leadership we recognise the need to provide a safe and caring environment for children, young people and adults.  We acknowledge that children, young people and adults can be the victims of physical, sexual and emotional abuse, and neglect.  We accept the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant of Human Rights, which states that everyone is entitled to “all the rights and freedoms set forth therein, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status”.  We also concur with the Convention on the Rights of the Child which states that children should be able to develop their full potential, free from hunger and want, neglect and abuse.   They have a right to be protected from “all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment or exploitation, including sexual abuse, while in the care of parent(s), legal guardian(s), or any other person who has care of the child.”  As a Leadership we have therefore adopted the procedures set out in this safeguarding policy in accordance with statutory guidance.  We are committed to build constructive links with statutory and voluntary agencies involved in safeguarding.  


Wecanallfindphysicalcontactpotentiallydifficult,andweeachhavedifferentboundaries of personal space, which may depend on our background, personality and cultural or ethnic norms. Sympathetic attention, humour, encouragement and appropriate physical contactareneededbychildren,youngpeopleandadultswhomaybevulnerableaspartof their expression and understanding of human relationships. Because child and adult protection issues have become highly emotive, this has led to some people avoiding all occasions of touching children and adults who may be vulnerable. The following points regardingtouchareofferedassuggestionstofollow:

·      Besensitiveandsympathetictotheneedsandwishesoftheindividual,andtry torespondinawaywhichisneitherpatronisingnorrejecting

·      Keepeverythingpublic.Ahuginthecontextofagroupisverydifferentfroma hugbehindcloseddoors

·      Touchshouldberelatedtothechild’soradult’sneeds,nottheleader’sor carer’s

·      Touchshouldbeageappropriateandgenerallyinitiatedbythechildoradult

·      Avoidallphysicalactivitythatis,ormaybethoughttobe,sexuallystimulatingto thechildortheadult

·     Childrenandadultshavetherighttodecidehowmuchphysicalcontactthey havewithothers,exceptinexceptionalcircumstanceswheretheymayneed medicalattention.


Restraintiswhereachildoradultisbeingheld,movedorpreventedfrommoving,against their will, because not to do so would result in injury to themselves or others, or would cause significant damage to property. You are advised to seek training, from your local policeorlocalauthority,forleadersinappropriaterestrainttechniquesandhowtodiffuse volatilesituations.

·      Restraintmustalwaysbeusedasalastresort,whenallothermethodsof controllingasituationhavebeentriedandfailed

·      Restraintshouldneverbeusedasapunishmentortobringaboutcompliance (exceptwherethereisariskofinjury)

·      In all cases where restraint is employed, the incident and subsequent actions shouldbedocumentedandreported,andthisshouldincludewrittenandsigned accountsofallthoseinvolved,includingwherepossiblethechild,youngperson oradult.Theparentsorcarersshouldbeinformedthesameday.

Children or adultsin distress

Therewillbeoccasionswhenadistressedchildoradultneedscomfortandreassurance, andthismayinvolvephysicalcontact.Youngchildren,inparticular,mayneedimmediate physical comfort, for instance after a fall, or separation from parent. Leaders should use theirjudgementtocomfortorreassureachildinanage-appropriatewaywhilstmaintaining clearboundaries.

Intimate and personal care

Itmaysometimesbenecessaryforleaderstodothingsofapersonalnatureforchildrenor adults, particularly if they are very young or are disabled. These tasks should only be carried out with the full understanding and consent of the parents or carers, and every effort should be made to ensure that the child or adult who may be vulnerable also understandsandgivesinformedconsent,takingaccountoftheirdisabilityorimpairment.

Adultsshouldavoidanyphysicalcontactwhenchildrenoradultswhomaybevulnerable are in a state of undress, avoid any visually intrusive behaviour, and where there are changing rooms, announce their intention of entering. Generally, leaders should not changeinthesameplaceaschildren,showerorbathewithchildren,orassistwithany personal care task which the child or adult who may be vulnerable can undertake by themselves.

Relationshipsof trust

Genuine relationships may occur between adults, one of whom is in a caring role with anotherwhoismorevulnerable.Nointimaterelationshipshouldbeginwhilethemember ofstafforvoluntaryworkerisinapositionoftrustoverthem.Thepowerandinfluencethat a person in a position of trust has over someone attending a group or activity or in a counselling situation cannot be under-estimated; such an abuse of trust with a person under18yearsmaybeacriminaloffence(SexualOffences(Amendment)Act2000).

“The inequality at the heart of a relationship of trust should be ended before any sexual relationshipbegins.”CaringforYoungPeopleandtheVulnerableGuidanceforpreventing abuseoftrust(HomeOffice1999)




Wherever possible work with or within sight of another adult

Inflict physical punishment of any kind, nor any sanction which may ridicule or humiliate a child or adult

For activities such as bell-ringing, which require specific physical contact, make sure the person and their parents/carer are aware of this and its nature

Engage in rough physical games including horse-play, or in sexually provocative games

Only use restraint to prevent a child or adult from harming him/herself or others, or doing significant damage to property

Make sexually suggestive comments aboutor to a child or adult, even in fun

Administer first aid with others around

Allow children or adults to use inappropriate  language unchallenged

If young children need comforting, ensure they are responded to warmly but with other adults around, whilst respecting the need for privacy

Let complaints or allegations made by a child or adult be ignored or go unrecorded

When taking young children or adults to the toilet, make sure another adult is informed, or organise a toilet break for the whole group

Do things of a personal nature for children or adults that they can do themselves

July 2016

Appendix 4 Consent Form

General Information and Consent Form (incl. Image consent) for children and young people

 Full name of child/youngperson                                                                                                        

Date of Birth:             /        /         


Name of GP:                                                                             Tel No:                                           


NHSNo:                                               Date of last anti-tetanusinjection:                                          

Details of any regular medication, medical problem (e.g. asthma, epilepsy, diabetes, allergies, dietary needs, etc.) or disability which may affect normal activity:

Name ofparent/carer                                                                                                                                                                                    

Tel no: Day:                                                    Eve       _______________


Additional contact (grandparent etc or other holding parental responsibility)

Name                                                                           Telno:                                              

If you do not have parental responsibility (e.g. you are a foster carer/grandparent etc) please give details of those with parental responsibility

Name(s):                                                                                   Telno:                                         


I givepermissionfor        _                                                       to take part in the normal activitiesofthisgroup. I understand that separate permission will be sought for certain activities, including swimming, and outings lasting longer than the normal meeting times of the group. I understand that while involved he/she will be under the control and care of the group leader and/or other adults approved by the place of worship/organisation leadership and that, while the staff in charge of the group will take all reasonable care of the children, they cannot necessarily be held responsible for any loss, damage or injury suffered by my child during, or as a result of, theactivity.

Whenever medical advice or treatment is needed, the assistance of a GP or A&E Department of a hospital should be sought. The Children Act 1989 allows a doctor to provide any necessary treatment by doing ‘what is reasonable in all the circumstances of the case for the purpose of safeguarding or promoting the child’s welfare’.

However, the parent/carer should be contacted and advised of the situation as soon as possible. It is important, however that those caring for children and young people on day trips, outings and residential activities obtain in advance from the parent/carer:

1.                    Allnecessaryinformationconcerningthechild/youngperson’shealth,allergies,medicationetc.

2.                    Written agreement asfollows:

I understand:

·                      My child will receive medication as instructed before or during theevent.

·                      Everyeffortwillbemadetocontactmeassoonaspossibleshouldmychildbecomeillorhavean accident.

·                      My child will be given medical/dental treatment asnecessary.

Signed: (parent/adult with parental responsibility)___________________________________

Date: _____/_____/____



To comply with the Data Protection Act 1998, permission must be granted by the parent/carer before any images or video of your child/children are taken and used. Please answer the 3 questions below, then sign and date the form where shown. 

To the parent/adult with parental responsibility  (Delete as appropriate)

1.  May we use your child's image/video in our printed promotional publications?                     YES/NO


2.  May we use your child's image/video on our website/Facebook page?                                YES/NO


3.  May we use your child’s image for internal purposes such as at a Sunday Service?            YES/NO


Signed: (parent/adult with parental responsibility)___________________________________


Date: _____/_____/____

Conditions of use

1. This form is valid for 5 years.  Your consent will automatically expire after this time.


2. We will not re-use any images after this time.


3. We will not include details or full names (which means first name and surname) of any person in an image on website, or in printed publications, without good reason and only with your express consent.


4. We will not include personal e-mail or postal addresses, or telephone or fax numbers on our website or in printed publications.


5. We may use group images with very general labels, such as  "making Christmas decorations".


6. We will only use images of children who are suitably dressed, to reduce the risk of such images being used inappropriately 


7. This consent can be revoked at any time


The information requested on this form can be completed by a carer, but only those with parental responsibility can sign the consent ( NB This may not include a foster carer).