The following statement was
agreed by the Church Meeting of Shanklin United Reformed Church on 24th
taken seriously by Shanklin United Reformed Church. We define safeguarding
as the promotion of the safety and welfare of children and adults who are at
risk of, or experiencing, harm, abuse or neglect in any form. We acknowledge
children's and adults' right to protection from any form of abuse or neglect
regardless of age, gender reassignment, race, disability, sexual
orientation, religion or belief, marriage/civil partnership, pregnancy and
maternity. Therefore, as members and workers of the church, we are committed
• the care and
nurture of all children and adults,
safeguarding and protection of all children and adults at risk,
establishment of a loving church environment which is safe and caring for
all people and where the dignity of each person is respected,
• an informed
vigilance about the dangers of all forms of abuse, harm and neglect within
all aspects of work in the Church, and how to respond appropriately,
everyone who engages with the life of the Church is responsible for keeping
together with voluntary/statutory agencies and other denominations and
that we all have a responsibility to help prevent any form of abuse and
neglect of children and adults and to ensure the wellbeing and pastoral care
of those who are, or may be, at risk.
We will prevent
abuse related to extremism or radicalisation and put all suitable health and
safety arrangements in place as well as safeguarding, first aid, fire safety
and online safety policies that everyone understands.
We will create
and maintain a safe and inclusive environment for all, especially children
and adults at risk, in which the dignity and rights of each person are
We believe that
domestic abuse in all its forms is unacceptable, inconsistent with a
Christian way of living and it can affect both adults and children.
We will always
acknowledge that the welfare of the child and adult at risk is paramount and
that the priority is always to act in their best interests, following
legislation, statutory guidance and recognised good practise guidance to
enable them access to support and protection.
We will support
everyone to ensure that as a community of Christians we will all work within
the agreed procedures of our safeguarding policy. The Safeguarding
Co-ordinator or the Deputy Safeguarding Co-ordinator (when available) are
the persons to whom all concerns or allegations should be addressed for
appropriate actions to be taken. In the absence of a Safeguarding
Coordinator, the Synod Safeguarding Officer will be contacted. Contact
details will be always available on our notice board and website, or in
other communications with the public.
We will exercise
proper care in the appointment and selection of trustees and those who will
work with children or adults at risk within the Church, whether paid,
volunteers, lay or ordained.
We will ensure
that trustees, staff and volunteers are suitable and legally able to act in
their positions. We will use DBS/PVG checks as part of a wide range of
checks on trustees, staff and volunteers to ensure that we have a broad and
informed view to assist us in minimising the risk of abuse, harm or neglect.
We will support,
supervise, resource and train all those who undertake work with children and
adults at risk.
We will respond
without delay to every concern, incident or complaint which suggests that a
child or adult has been harmed, or is at risk of harm, and cooperate with
ecumenical partners, the Police, the Designated Officer (DO, formerly known
as LADO), Children's Partnership Boards (formally Local Safeguarding
Children's Boards) and Children's and Adult Social Care Services in any
investigation, while maintaining the confidentiality of any investigations
to those directly involved.
We are committed
to working with those who have suffered or suffer any form of abuse,
offering appropriate pastoral support where possible as well as challenging
any abuse of power, especially where it involves someone in a position of
We will manage
risks and those who might pose a risk to the welfare of people and the life
of the Church and offer support to those known to pose a risk to children
and/or adults, including supervision, referral to the appropriate agencies,
and implementation of safeguarding contracts, when appropriate.
We are committed
to ensuring that any allegations, concerns and complaints about abuse or
neglect are recorded accurately, reported promptly and shared safely within
and outside of the denomination.
We will review
our safeguarding policy, practices and procedures annually, considering
lessons learned from safeguarding cases and changes in legislation,
statutory guidance and good working practice.
We will ensure
processes and practices in all aspects of safeguarding, including
discipline, risk management, whistleblowing and bullying/harassment are in
alignment with Good
Practice 5 - the United Reformed
Church's policy and guidance in safeguarding children, young people and
adults at risk.
Changes to our
policy and this statement will be formally approved by the Church Elders.
Safeguarding Policy Statement 2022 Issue 1
24th March 2022