Edward Street United Reformed Church,
Children, Young People and Adults at risk.
Edward Street United Reformed Church, Dunstable, agrees that children, young people and adults have a right to live in a way which does not cause them harm or impede their human rights. We therefore acknowledge their right to protection from abuse regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexuality or beliefs.
There is a responsibility on the church community to act positively to safeguard the rights of all those who may be vulnerable within the church community. The whole church family shares safeguarding responsibilities for the protection of the most vulnerable in our society. The church aspires to be a loving community, offering a welcoming environment in which people can flourish, safe from harm.
|The Safeguarding Co-ordinator is the person to whom all concerns
or allegations should be addressed.
Contact details are below
Name Joan Oakley
Contact phone number 01525 755012
Email address email@example.com
We are committed to:
- the care and nurture of all children, young people and adults
- the safeguarding and protection of children and adults at risk
- the establishment of a safe, caring and inclusive environment for all.
The need for a policy
The church must have proper policies, guidelines and procedures in place:
- to protect children and adults at risk
- to ensure the church meets its duty of care
- to protect the reputation of the church
- to comply with insurance requirements and protect church finances
- to comply with Charity Commission requirements.
The church will not knowingly support and/or donate to any organisation which does not have a robust safeguarding policy.
Those groups hiring the church hall should hold and abide by their own safeguarding policy. If the hirer does not have a policy they must abide by the church’s safeguarding policy.
What is abuse?
Abuse can take many forms. It may consist of a single act or repeated acts. Abuse can take place in all kinds of different settings
This is not an exhaustive list and relates to abuse of both children and adults:
institutional/ organisational abuse
child sexual exploitation.
What to do if there is an allegation
If a child, young person or adult makes an allegation or disclosure of abuse against an adult, another child or young person, it is important that you:
- stay calm and listen attentively
- reassure them that they have done the right thing
- do not investigate or ask leading questions
- let them know that you will need to tell someone else
- do not promise to keep what they have told you a secret
- inform the Safeguarding Co-ordinator as soon as possible
- make a written record of the allegation, disclosure or incident and sign and date this record. Any such records will be kept in a locked filing cabinet
- report concerns to the relevant authorities, either Social Care or the Police.
Procedure in the event of concern
If there is an immediate threat of harm we will contact the police.
When it is judged that there is no immediate threat of harm the following will occur:
- The concern will be discussed with the Church Safeguarding Co-ordinator and a decision made as to whether the concern warrants a referral to statutory agencies,
- A confidential record will be made of the conversation and circumstances surrounding it. This record will be kept securely and a copy passed to statutory agencies if a referral is made.
- The person about whom the allegation is made may not be informed of this by anyone in the church, if it is judged that to do so would place a child or adult who may be vulnerable at increased risk.
Who to contact in the case of a child
Children’s Social Care department
0300 300 8585
out of hours emergency safeguarding 0300 300 8123
Who to contact in the case of an adult at risk
The Adult Safeguarding Team 0300 300 8122
out of hours emergency safeguarding 0300 300 8123
If the allegation is regarding someone working with children or young people in a paid or voluntary capacity
The Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO or DO) will be contacted. ( in Central Bedfordshire the LADO is also known as the Allegations Manager). A decision will be taken about when to inform the person concerned. The timing and method will be discussed and agreed with the LADO.
0300 300 5026 or 0300 300 8142.
Thames North Synod Safeguarding Co-ordinator for Children, young people and adults at risk
Belinda Nielson 07716640596
Email address firstname.lastname@example.org
Advice helpline run by thirtyone:eight (formally Churches Child Protection Advisory Service) 03030031111
United Reformed Church Safeguarding Officer
020 7916 2020
Email address; email@example.com
If the church Safeguarding Co-ordinator is unavailable, or it would be inappropriate to contact her, then contact should be made with Thames North Synod Safeguarding Co-ordinator (details above)
Further policy and guidance.
Good Practice 5 is the URC’s policy and guidance document for safeguarding and can be downloaded from www.urc.org.uk/safeguarding.
The Elders will review this policy annually.