Please note, our Safeguarding Policy is currently under review, and an updated version is due to be posted here before the end of 2016. The policy below is current until the 2016 policy is published.
The Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults’ Policy of Potters Church
This policy was agreed at a Church Council held on 12 November 2014
It will be reviewed annually.
The Methodist Church, along with the whole Christian Community, believes every person has a value and dignity which comes directly from the creation of male and female in God’s own image and likeness. Christians see this as fulfilled by God’s re-creation of us in Christ. Among other things this implies a duty to value all people as bearing the image of God and therefore to protect them from harm.
Potters Church is committed to the safeguarding and protection of all children, young people and vulnerable adults, and that the needs of children or of people when they are vulnerable are paramount.
This policy addresses the safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults. It is intended to be a dynamic policy. It is intended to support the church in being a safe, supportive and caring community for vulnerable adults, for survivors of abuse, for communities and all those affected by abuse.
Potters Church fully agrees with the Connexional statement:
‘As the people of the Methodist Church we are concerned with the wholeness of each individual within God’s purpose for everyone. We seek to safeguard all members of the church community of all ages.’
Potters Church recognises the serious issue of the abuse of children, young people and vulnerable adults and recognises that this may take the form of physical, emotional, sexual abuse or neglect.
It acknowledges the effects these may have on people and their development. It accepts its responsibility for ensuring that all people are safe in its care and that their dignity and right to be heard is maintained. It accepts its responsibility to support, listen to and work for healing with survivors of abuse and communities; also to minister carefully with offenders, and all those who care about them. It takes seriously the issues of promotion of welfare so that each of us can reach our full potential in God’s grace.
Potters Church commits itself to respond, normally within twenty-four hours, to any allegation or cause for concern that a child, young person or adult may have been harmed, whether in the church or in another context. It commits itself to challenge the abuse of power of anyone in a position of trust.
Potters Church commits itself to ensuring the implementation of the Methodist Church Safeguarding policies and procedures, of government legislation and guidance and of safer working practices in the Circuit and in the churches.
Potters Church commits itself to the provision of support, advice and training for all those involved in ministry, paid and volunteers, to ensure people are clear and confident about their roles and responsibilities in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.
Potters Church affirms and gives thanks for the work of those who are workers with children, young people and vulnerable adults and acknowledges the shared responsibility of all of us for safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults in our activities and our community.
The purposes of this safeguarding policy are to ensure procedures are in place and people are clear about roles and responsibilities for children, young people and vulnerable adults in our care and using our premises. It is to be read in conjunction with the Connexional policies on safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults, with the Safer Recruitment policy and with the latest edition of the ‘Safeguarding children’ handbook. (Copies of these are available at the Church Office or online at www.methodist.org.uk)
b) Good Practice
Please refer to Potters Church Good Practice Document. This is available at the Church Office or online at www.potterschurch.co.uk
c) Appointment and training of workers
Workers will be appointed 1) after a successful interview 2) the completion of The Potters Church Volunteer Registration Form and 3) the issue of a satisfactory criminal record disclosure. Each worker will be expected to undergo basic safeguarding training within the first year of appointment by completing the Methodist Foundation Training – Level one. Paid workers and members of the CLT will require completing Level 2. The other training needs of each worker will be considered (e.g. food hygiene, first aid, etc). All teams working with children, young people and vulnerable adults will conduct an annual review during the period May to July. Potters Church Review Sheet will be used as the basis for each review. The Volunteer Registration Forms and confirmation of criminal record checks will be held securely on behalf of the Church Council (i.e. by the pastor).
d) Care Team Visitors
The Care Team Visitors will be supported in their role with the provision of essential Safeguarding training upon appointment (for working with children, young people and vulnerable adults.
e) Guidelines for working with children, young people and vulnerable adults
The CCPAS pocket guide will be given to each worker with children, young people and vulnerable adults outlining how to respond to concerns. The use of these pocket guides will be reviewed annually.
f) Events with church groups off the premises
Adequate staffing will be ensured for such events, together with parental consent. Notification of the event will be given to Lead Pastor Anthony Clowes or Associate Pastor Lynne Frawley
This policy will be reviewed annually by the Church Council. The date of the next review is November 2015
h) Safeguarding Officer
Potters Church Council appoints:
Mr Dan Phillips as Safeguarding Officer
With the support of:
Phil Barber (Advisor and Trainer)
Christine Phillips (Administrator)