MOUNT PLEASANT BAPTIST CHURCH, PEMBROKE.
POLICY STATEMENT ON SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE AND VULNERABLE ADULTS.
This statement has been amended and updated October 2017 following on from the original Child Protection Policy statement agreed at the Church meeting on the 1st February 2004. It needs to be reaffirmed at the AGM, with any amendments having been brought to the attention of the leadership and then to the Church.
As members of this church, we commit ourselves to the nurturing, protection and safekeeping of all, especially Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults
It is the responsibility of each one of us to prevent the physical, sexual and emotional abuse of children, young people, and vulnerable adults and to report any abuse discovered or suspected.
We recognise that our work with Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults is the responsibility of the whole church.
A children/young people’s leader should be a committed Christian, in membership at Mount Pleasant with accountability to the church leadership, especially those with a teaching role. Those used within children/young people’s work in a helping role should be in regular fellowship and approved by the Church leadership.
The church is committed to supporting those who work with children and young people and where necessary, to provide training and resources.
The church is committed to following the Handbook “Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups” compiled by the Interdenominational Protection Panel, involving the Union of Welsh Independents, Baptist Union of Wales and the Presbyterian Church of Wales
Each children’s/ young people’s worker must know the recommendations and guidelines that apply to our church situation and undertake to follow them. Also those guidelines that apply to working with Vulnerable Adults where appropriate. These are all contained in the Safeguarding Handbook and each worker shall have access to the Safeguarding Handbook which is in the possession of the Pastoral Worker, Sue Hutchings and can be borrowed at any time. Any position within the Church involving contact with children, young people and Vulnerable Adults will only be approved following the receipt of satisfactory references and a check via the C.R.B. The designated body to undertake these checks is the B.U approved Due Diligence Checking (DDC).
Any concerns for any of the above groups, or anything with regard to any Safeguarding matter, should be referred to Sue Hutchings.