What is Required?
So what is required for organisations who work with children, young people and/or vulnerable adults?
- Organisations need to have a broad understanding of the huge responsibility they have in ensuring that appropriate measures are in place to safeguard.
- Systems should be proportionate; also sufficient to be effective within your church or organisational context.
- Each individual church should consider the activities that it engages in and then develop systems that work in their context.
- So, what is required, may mean that your policy may be different from your neighbouring church because no “one size fits all”
As churches, we face the same challenges as any other organisation. However there are some additional challenges that we need to take into account.
On this site there is information about the range of issues that need to be considered, but in this section we will consider what might be needed for a proportionate response, in line with the national guidance.
There are 3 areas that we need to consider:
- Your policies
- Your procedures and systems
- The culture within our churches
What is required is a full range of policies, so these may include, but are not limited to for example
- Complaints or concerns policy
- Safer recruitment of staff and volunteers policy
- Whistleblowing policy (Responsible reporting)
- Social media or technology policy
- Health and safety policy and risk assessments
- Radicalisation / FGM policy
- Code of conduct statement
- Safeguarding policy
We need a range of procedures and systems. These may include, but are not limited to the following : for example
- Safeguarding procedures that comply with the Local Safeguarding Board policies and procedures
- A clear process to provide accountability
- Effective support for and supervision of your staff and volunteers
- Effective induction and ongoing training and development for your staff and volunteers
- A Designated Safeguarding Lead (and a deputy)
- A clear process for handling allegations or concerns raised about a church leader, member of staff or a volunteer
For template policies and procedures please click here
You will also need to think carefully and consider the culture that you want to establish in your church or organisation. This would include but is not limited to such things as:
- A culture that places children at the centre, so, listens to their views and concerns and also involves them in decisions that affect them.
- Developing a culture of vigilance and taking personal responsibility in reporting
A culture of working effectively with organisations outside of the church who have the responsibility for safeguarding
- The commitment to safeguarding from the leadership team throughout the church