KEEPING CHILDREN AND ADULTS AT RISK SAFE.
Statement on Safeguarding
Name of Place of worship: The Light House Church
The following statement was agreed by the leadership on 25th August 2020
- This place of worship is committed to the safeguarding of children and adults with care and support needs and ensuring their well-being.
- We recognize that we all have a responsibility to help prevent the physical, sexual, psychological, financial and discriminatory abuse and neglect of adults at risk of harm and abuse and to report any such abuse that we discover or suspect.
- We recognize that the personal dignity and rights of adults and will ensure all our policies and procedures will reflect this.
- We believe all adults should enjoy and have access to every aspect of the life of the place of worship.
- We undertake to exercise proper care in the appointment and selection of those who will work with children and adults with care and support needs.
- We believe every child should be valued, safe and happy. We want to make sure that children we have contact with know this and are empowered to tell us if they are experiencing significant harm.
We are committed to:
- Following statutory denominational and specialist guidelines in relation to safeguarding children and adults and will ensure that as a place of worship all workers will work within the agreed procedure of our safeguarding policy.
- Implementing the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Acts 1995 and 2005, Equality Act 2010 and all other relevant legislation.
- Supporting, resourcing and training those who undertake this work.
- Ensuring that we are keeping up to date with national and local developments relating to safeguarding.
- Ensuring that everyone agrees to abide by these recommendations and the guidelines established by this place of worship.
- Supporting all in the place of worship affected by abuse.
- Children’s Social Services has lead responsibility for investigating all allegations or suspicions of abuse where there are concerns about a child. Adult Social Care has lead responsibility for investigating all allegations or suspicions of abuse where there are concerns about an adult with care and support needs.
- Where an allegation suggests that a criminal offence may have been committed then the police should be contacted as a matter of urgency.
Responsible persons and contact numbers for Church Safeguarding.
The Light House Safeguarding Rep: Pauline Vincent.
Second Safeguarding Rep: Graham Hardy.
Church Tele: 07927060170
Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service 01322 517817
NSPCC Help Line 0800 800 500
Dorset Police Safeguarding concerns: MASH@dorset.pnn.police.uk
Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.
Safeguarding is about promoting welfare for all our children and adults at risk. It can be limiting to think of safeguarding purely as a ‘procedure’ or ‘policy’ because while it is important that procedures and policies are in place to ensure everyone knows their responsibilities, the actual act of safeguarding is protecting a person’s human rights in whatever way works best for them.
It is hoped that complaints can be dealt with internally by individual Group Leaders. However, a complaint may be made to the Safeguarding Representatives or the Senior Paster. If a complaint is made to another person, it should be passed on to the Safeguarding Representatives who will arrange to meet with the complainant and attempt to resolve the complaint. If the complaint cannot be resolved, consideration will be given to invoking the complaints procedure of:
PO Box 133, Swanley, Kent BR8 7UQ
Tel: 0303 003 11 11
This policy and the accompanying procedures draw on Safeguarding guidelines and policies which may be found on the web site at: www.lighthousechurch.church
Our commitment to safeguarding:
- We commit to each share responsibility for creating an environment that is safe for all.
- We commit to pray for our safeguarding lead(s) and those working with children and adults.
- We commit to respect the boundaries that are in place to protect others.
We commit to support those in our church who have been hurt or abused.
- We commit to provide on-going safeguarding training for all our workers.
- We commit to allow sufficient time and resources to make our recruitment of workers safer.
- We commit to maintaining an open culture where people are encouraged to share concerns.
- We commit to not take offence when challenged about our presence or behaviour.