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Safeguarding 


 

INTRODUCTION

This policy was agreed by the Trustees of Beulah Baptist Church at their meeting on May 10th, 2021, and replaces all previous safeguarding policies. It is based upon the guide to safeguarding policy, procedures, and best practice of the Baptist Union of Great Britain 2017. It is divided into four sections
 
1) Safeguarding Policy Statement
 
2)  Procedures – these sections provide a clear outline of the reporting procedures needed in every local Baptist church
 
3) Best Practice Guidelines – these guidelines provide detailed information on key areas of safeguarding in the life of a Baptist church
 
4) Useful Contacts
 
 

DEFINITIONS OF TERMS


For the purpose of this guide, the term ‘child’ refers to anyone under the age of 18 years.

There is no standard single definition for an adult at risk, so for our policy, we are using the following simple definition taken from CCPAS (Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service):

 ‘Any adult aged 18 or over who due to disability, mental function, age, illness or traumatic circumstances may not be able to take care or protect themselves against the risk of significant harm, abuse, bullying, harassment, mistreatment or exploitation’.
  

SECTION 1 – SAFEGUARDING POLICY STATEMENT 
SAFEGUARDING POLICY STATEMENT FOR BEULAH BAPTIST CHURCH

 

Our vision

The vision statement of Beulah  Baptist Church is

  1. Knowing Jesus
  2. Transforming people
  3. Changing society
In fulfilling this vision, we:
  • Welcome children and adults at risk into the life of our community
  • Run activities for children and adults at risk
  • Make our premises available to organisations working with children and adults at risk

Our safeguarding responsibilities

The church recognises its responsibilities in safeguarding all children, young people and adults at risk, regardless of gender, ethnicity or ability.

As members of this church, 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 to ensure we implement our policy well.

  • Prevention and reporting of abuse. It is the duty of each church member to help prevent the abuse of children and adults at risk, and the duty of each church member to respond to concerns about the well-being of children and adults at risk. Any abuse disclosed, discovered or suspected will be reported in accordance with our procedures. The church will fully co-operate with any statutory investigation into any suspected abuse linked with the church.
     
  • 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. All workers 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 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.
     
  • 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 contact points within our church

 
The church has appointed the following individuals to form part of the church safeguarding team:
 

  • Hilary Morton, Designated Person for Safeguarding (DPS)

She will advise 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.
(contact via the church office)
 

  • Bryan Henley, Deputy Designated Person for Safeguarding (DDPS)

He 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.
(contact via the church office)
 

  • Erika James (Church Secretary), Safeguarding Trustee

She 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.
Phone number 01424215538  email address ejames1920@btinternet.com
 
Our church minister is also an important part of the Church Safeguarding Team.  Where possible, the Church Safeguarding Team will work together if and when issues arise. However, each person has a responsibility to report allegations of abuse as soon as they are raised.
 
Further definitions of these roles can be found in the BUGB publications ‘Safe to Grow’ (2011) & ‘Safe to Belong’ (2015).
 

Putting our policy into practice

  • A copy of the safeguarding policy statement will be displayed permanently on the church noticeboard and church office and is available on our church website.
     
  • Each worker with children and/or adults at risk will be given a full copy of the safeguarding policy and procedures and will be asked to sign to confirm 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.
     
  • The policy statement will be read annually at the church AGM, together with a report on the outcome of the annual safeguarding review

Planning your Visit

A Warm Welcome 

If you're planning to visit us on a Sunday morning, here is some useful information so you know what to expect.

Where and When

We meet at the Church Building (details below) for our Sunday Service starting at 10.00 am. For your first visit, we recommend arriving a little early to ensure you can park locally (check the different restrictions on the roadside) and find somewhere to sit before the service begins. When you arrive, you will be greeted by someone on our Welcome Team.

After the service you are welcome to join us for a hot or cold drink and a biscuit, this is completely free of charge and is a great way to informally meet a few of our members. 

Plan your journey: 

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Accessibility: There is wheelchair access and a sound loop for anyone who needs it. Please let one of the Welcome Team know on your arrival and they will help you to get set up. There are accessible toilets available too.

Our Service

The main service begins at 10.00 am with a warm welcome from one of our team. Then follows a time of sung worship, led by our band. We typically have 2 or 3 songs lasting approximately 10 minutes. At this point, the children and youth normally leave and go to their groups.

Then, a person will often pray out loud or read a small passage from the bible. Sometimes people share things that they believe God is saying to the whole church family. This might seem strange the first time you hear it but it’s all part of our connecting with God. At some point during the service, we will share news and notices, usually about what’s going on in the life of the church. One of our leaders will then give a sermon that is bible-based and that we can apply to our everyday life. We then finish with a final worship song or two and often there is an opportunity to receive prayer at the end of the service.

What about my kids?

We have a great programme lined up for children of all ages:

  • Creche (Pre-school)
  • Sunday Club (Reception to Year 6)
  • Zone (School Year 7 -11) 
  • Young people Those in school years 11 - 13 are encouraged to help with Zone or Children's work if they'd like to, or stay in the main service. 

Children stay with their parent or carer at the start of the service for the welcome and worship. The service leader will clearly announce when it is time for the children and young people to go out to their groups.  If your child has not attended the group before, you will need to go with your children to register them as part of our child safety policy. 

The children's activities vary depending on the age but usually, there is a friendly welcome, bible stories, testimonies, praying, music, craft, drama, fun games and free play. Please pick your children up as soon as the service finishes.

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Getting Connected


Connect Groups

While Sundays are a great way to meet new people, it is often in smaller gatherings that you can really get to know someone. Being part of one of our small home groups allows you to make new friends, share together and support each other. We have a variety of groups that meet throughout the week, some afternoons and some evenings. If you'd like to join a home group, get in touch with the church office and we can put you in touch with a group leader who will be more than happy to invite you along to their group.

Serving and Volunteering

If once you have visited a few times, you want to get more involved in the life of the church and help us make Sundays run smoothly, you can sign up to serve on a team. Please talk to Pastor David or one of the Elders about the opportunities that are available. 

Other Ministries

We also run the following ministries:

  • Clifford Day centre for the elderly
  • Sunday Access group for adults with learning disabilities
  • Men's Breakfast
  • Parent and Toddler Group
Get in touch with us to plan your visit
If you would like to come and visit the church beforehand you are more than welcome! Get in touch and we can arrange a time that suits you.
 
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Comments / Questions or any feedback you'd like to give?

Next, we will contact you by email to say hello and help arrange anything necessary for your visit.