Our Safeguarding Responsibilities
We as a church family are completely committed to the safeguarding of children,
young people and adults at risk.
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 as set out in the Baptist union of Great Britain’s guidelines.
Prevention and reporting of abuse
It is the duty of each church member to help prevent the abuse (sexual, physical or emotional) of children and adults at risk, and the duty of each church member to respond to concerns immediately about the well-being of children and adults at risk.
Any form of abuse disclosed, discovered, or suspected must be reported immediately (within 24 hours) in accordance with our procedures to the DPS (Maggi Lambert).
Confidentiality can never be promised when any form of abuse is disclosed. Any adult or child who attends CBC activities who has disclosed that they have themselves abused or are under investigation for abuse must be made known to the DPS immediately.
The church will fully co-operate with any statutory investigation into any suspected abuse linked with the church and will follow Baptist Union guidelines and advice.
Safer recruitment, support and supervision of workers
The church will exercise proper care in the selection and appointment of those working with children and adults at risk, whether paid or voluntary.
CBC has a recruitment procedure which includes the completion of a form, a conversation with the DPS and a member of the Deacons / Trustees / Leadership Team, plus a requirement for two references.
All workers will be required to have a DBS check and will be provided with appropriate training, support and supervision to promote the safekeeping of children and adults at risk.
Respecting children and adults at risk
The church will adopt a code of behaviour (see full Policy 2.3 for details) for all who are appointed to work with children and adults at risk so that all children and adults are shown the respect that is due to them.
Safer working practices
The church is committed to providing an environment that is as safe as possible for children and adults at risk and will adopt ways of working with them that promote their safety and well-being (see full policy Section 3 Best Practice Guidelines).
A safer community
The church is committed to the prevention of bullying. 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.
Safeguarding Contacts within CBC
The Church has appointed the following individuals to be part of the church safeguarding team. Where possible, the CST will work together if and when issues arise. However, each member of the church has a responsibility to report allegations of abuse as soon as they are raised.
Designated Person for Safeguarding (DPS): Maggi Lambert
She will take the lead in all matters relating to Safeguarding Children and Adults at Risk. This will include ensuring the church, including all its activities, adheres to all Safeguarding Policy and Procedures; giving advice to the church in all matters related to the safeguarding of children and adults at risk; and take the appropriate action when abuse is disclosed, discovered or suspected. More information about the DPS role is available on the BUGB website.
Deputy Designated Person for Safeguarding (DDPS): Merry Springate
She will assist the Designated Person for Safeguarding (DPS) in helping the church on any matters related to the safeguarding of children and adults at risk and take the appropriate action when abuse is disclosed, discovered or suspected.
Safeguarding Trustee: Andrew McCausland
He will raise the profile of safeguarding within the church and oversee and monitor the implementation of the safeguarding policy and procedures on behalf of the church trustees.
Safeguarding Contacts within CBC
Putting our policy into practice
A copy of the safeguarding policy statement will be displayed permanently on the
notice board and is available on our church website.
Each worker with children and/or adults at risk will be provided with a full copy of the
safeguarding policy and procedures and will be asked to confirm in
writing that they will follow them.
A full copy of the policy and procedures will be made available on request to any
member of, or other person associated with the church.
The policy and procedures will be monitored and reviewed annually, and any necessary
revisions adopted into the policy and implemented through our procedures.
Reviewed & agreed at AGM in October 2022