What is Safeguarding?
Safeguarding is the term that describes the function of protecting adults and children from abuse or neglect and also includes measures to prevent vulnerable people from coming to harm in the first place.
Safeguarding is an essential part of any responsible organisation’s governance and practice. As churches, seeking to reflect the character and commands of Jesus, we want to do this to the best of our ability and operate in an exemplary manner within our communities.
It is the policy of the Baptist Union of Wales to safeguard the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults by protecting them from neglect, physical, sexual and emotional harm.
As churches, we are fully committed to safeguarding the wellbeing of our members and those entrusted to our care. Members of the church, paid staff and volunteers will at all times conduct themselves in a way that reflects the principles of the Christian church. They will show respect for and understanding of human rights, promoting an ethos of listening and ensuring the safety of all especially children and vulnerable adults.
The church will care for children and young people, and vulnerable adults and safeguard them by following good practices in relation to the following:
- Safer Recruitment of workers and volunteers
- Promoting good working practices
- Training and supporting our workers in their role and in the protection of children and vulnerable people
In 2014 we updated our policies and procedures to include vulnerable adults and in response to changes in legislation regarding vulnerable groups and criminal record checks.
The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Handbook forms the adopted policy and procedures of the Baptist Union of Wales in relation to children and vulnerable adults.
The handbook takes you step by step through:
- Our Statement of Purpose (Section1)
- Safer recruitment procedures (including DBS checks)(Section 2)
- Working with Children and Young People (Section 3.1) and how to respond to concerns (Section 3.2)
- Working with Vulnerable Adults (Section 4.1) and how to respond to concerns (Section 4.2)
- Pastoral Care (Section 5)
- Forms and information to help you to put the policies into practice in (Sections 6&7)
The procedures and guidelines included in this document should be freely available to all workers, leaders and members within the church.
Disclosure and Barring Service Checks (DBS)
The Interdenominational Protection Panel is responsible for processing DBS checks for Baptist Union of Wales ministers, employees, and volunteers. These are processed through the office in Denbigh by the Panel Administrative Officer Sian Jones. Please contact Sian for more information and to order DBS forms: email@example.com ( 01745 817584)
It is our policy to renew DBS checks every 4 years. Currently we are only able to process paper forms.
Go to the Panel website for more information about the DBS process and a summary of eligibility.www.paneldiogelwch.org.uk/en/dbs
The Interdenominational Protection Panel provides training to Baptist Union of Wales Churches.
The training is based on our current policies and practice as found in the Handbook. It aims to equip workers and volunteers and will help them to be familiar with current guidelines and understand what to do if they are concerned about a situation or an individual.
Safeguarding training is mandatory for all those who work or volunteer with children, young people, vulnerable adults as well as those who are responsible for these activities (e.g. church trustees) and is necessary to meet the requirements of the Charities Commission and usually your insurance policy.
Contact the office to organise a session for your church or Association.
The Interdenominational Protection Panel was established in 2001 and became a not for profit company limited by guarantee in 2009. The Panel supports churches from the Baptist Union of Wales in all aspects of safeguarding practice in their work with children, young people and vulnerable adults. This includes policy work, training, advice and support, case work and DBS checks.
The Panel is a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) registered body and is responsible for processing the DBS checks for the Baptist Union of Wales. These are processed through the office in Denbigh. Contact us for more information or to order forms.
Contact the Panel office or visit the website for more information on all aspects of safeguarding within the church and to arrange training sessions.
Interdenominational Protection Panel
Unit 1 Vale Parc
Colomendy Industrial Estate
Telephone: 01745 817584
How to respond if you have concerns about a person or situation
If you are concerned that someone has been abused or if allegations are made, contact Julie Edwards, Safeguarding Officer: firstname.lastname@example.org (01745 817584 / 07957510346
In an emergency contact the police, ambulance or Social Services immediately.
There is more information on the Panel website www.paneldiogelwch.org.uk/en/advice-and-support
NEVER DISREGARD ANY CONCERNS – If you are not sure ask for advice.