Burton Square, Stafford, ST17 9LT  01785 214750

Safeguarding

Safeguarding Children and Young People at Rising Brook Baptist Church

Policy Statement – July 2016

Rising Brook Baptist Church recognises its responsibilities for the safeguarding of all children and young people under the age of 18 (regardless of gender, ethnicity or ability) as set out in Working Together to Safeguard Children (HM Government 2015).

As members of this church we commit ourselves to the nurturing, protection and safeguarding of all children and young people associated with the church and will pray for them regularly.

In pursuit of this we commit ourselves to the following policies and to the development of procedures to ensure their implementation.

Prevention and reporting of abuse and responding to concern

It is the duty of each church member and each member of the wider church family to prevent the physical, sexual and emotional abuse or neglect of children and young people and the duty of all to respond to concerns about the well-being of children and young people and to report any child abuse disclosed, discovered or suspected. The church will fully co-operate with any statutory investigation into any suspected abuse linked with the church.

Safe recruitment, support and supervision of workers

The church will exercise proper care in the selection and appointment of those working with children and young people, whether paid or voluntary. All workers will be provided with appropriate training, support and supervision to promote the safeguarding of children.

Safe behaviour: a code of behaviour for workers

The church will adopt a code of behaviour for all who are appointed to work with children and young people so that all children and young people are shown the respect that is due to them.

Safe practice and safe premises

The church is committed to providing a safe environment for activities with children and young people and will adopt ways of working with children and young people that promote their safety and well-being.

A safe community

The church is committed to the prevention of bullying of children and young people. The church will seek to ensure that the behaviour of any who may pose a risk to children and young people in the community of the church is managed appropriately.

Responsible people

The church has appointed Trevor Mitchell as the Safeguarding Trustee to oversee and monitor implementation of the policy and procedures on behalf of the church’s charity trustees.

The church has appointed Wendy Herriott, Liz Dipple, Ruth Stephenson as the Designated Person(s) for Safeguarding supported by the Rising Brook Safeguarding team (see list) to:

  • advise the church on any matters related to the safeguarding of children and young people
  • take the appropriate action when abuse is disclosed, discovered or suspected.

Policy and procedures

A copy of the policy statement will be displayed permanently on the noticeboard in the foyer.
Each worker with children and young people whether paid or voluntary will be given a full copy of the policy and procedures and will be required to follow them.

A full copy of the policy and procedures will be made available on request to any member of the church, the parents or carers of any child or young person from the church or any other person associated with the church.

The policy and procedures will be monitored and reviewed at least annually and highlighted at the nearest church gathering.

Contact Details

Designated Person for Safeguarding for Brook Pre School
Name : Wendy Herriott
Contact Number : 01785 214750

Designated Person for Safeguarding for Children and Young people
Name : Ruth Stephenson
Contact Number: 01785 214750

Designated Person for Adults at Risk
Name : Liz Dipple
Contact number : 01785 214750

Safeguarding Trustee
Name: Trevor Mitchell
Email : trevor.j.mitchell@icloud.com

DBS related enquiries
Name : Hannah Fletcher
Contact number : 01785 214750

Independent Safeguarding team members
Name : Tim Herriott tim.herriott@risingbrook.org
Name : Debbie Mitchell debbiemitchell@btinternet.com
Minister : Ali Summers ali.summers@risingbrook.org

Regional Minister
Name : Adrian Argile
Contact Number : 012 14724986

Due Diligence Checking Ltd (for DBS) 01162 603055
CCPAS (Churches Child protection Advisory Service) www.ccpas.co.uk
Staffordshire County Council : First Response Team, Wedgwood Building, Stafford ST16 2DH
Telephone: 0800 1313 126 Emergency out of hours: 0345 604 2886 Email: firstr@staffordshire.gov.uk