As members of Stour Valley Baptist Church, we commit ourselves to the 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 suspected or discovered.
We recognise that our work with children and young people and vulnerable adults is the responsibility of the whole church.
The church is committed to supporting, resourcing and training those who work with children, young people and vulnerable adults and to provide them with supervision.
The Church is committed to following the Government guidelines and our policy reflects the good practice guidelines and procedures published by the Baptist union of Great Britain in its booklets ‘Safe to Grow’ and ‘Safe to Belong’.
The Church will provide each volunteer worker with training in safeguarding. Each worker with children, young people and vulnerable adults will have appropriate DBS clearance and must know the policy recommendations and undertake to observe and implement them. Each shall be given a copy of the church’s agreed procedures and good practice guidelines.
We believe that children and young people are part of our church today. They have much to give as well as to receive. We will listen to them and to vulnerable adults in our church community. Furthermore, as we nurture them in worship, learning and in community life, we will respect their wishes and feelings.