Winchester Baptist Church is committed to the safeguarding of children and young people and ensuring their well-being.

Specifically:

  • We recognise that we all have a responsibility to help prevent the physical, sexual, emotional abuse and neglect of children and young people (those under 18 years of age) and to report any such abuse that we discover or suspect.

  • We believe every child should be valued, safe and happy. We want to make sure that children we have contact with know this and are empowered to tell us if they are suffering harm.

  • All children and young people have the right to be treated with respect, to be listened to and to be protected from all forms of abuse.

  • We recognise that we all have a responsibility to help prevent the physical, sexual, psychological, financial and discriminatory abuse and neglect of vulnerable adults and to report any such abuse that we discover or suspect.

  • We recognise the personal dignity and rights of vulnerable adults and will ensure all our policies and procedures reflect this.

  • We believe all adults should enjoy and have access to every aspect of the life of church unless they pose a risk to the safety of those we serve.

  • We undertake to exercise proper care in the appointment and selection of all those who will work with children and young people.

We are committed to:

  • Following the requirements for UK legislation in relation to safeguarding children and young people and good practice recommendations.

  • Respecting the rights of children as described in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

  • Implementing the requirements of legislation in regard to people with disabilities.

  • Ensuring that workers adhere to the agreed procedures of our safeguarding policy.

  • Keeping up to date with national and local developments relating to safeguarding.

  • Following any denominational or organisational guidelines in relation to safeguarding children and young people in need of protection.

  • Supporting the safeguarding co-ordinator/s in their work and in any action they may need to take in order to protect children/young people.

  • Ensuring that everyone agrees to abide by these recommendations and the guidelines established by Winchester Baptist Church

  • Supporting parents and families

  • Nurturing, protecting and safeguarding of children and young people

  • Supporting, resourcing, training, monitoring and providing supervision to all those who undertake this work.

  • Supporting all in church affected by abuse.

  • Adopting and following the ‘Safe and Secure’ safeguarding standards developed by theChurches’ Child Protection Advisory Service.

We recognise:

  • Hampshire Child Services has lead responsibility for investigating all allegations or suspicions of abuse where there are concerns about a child.

  • Where an allegation suggests that a criminal offence may have been committed then the police should be contacted as a matter of urgency.

  • Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.

The safeguarding policy and supporting documents can be found in children’s downloads

As part of this church’s commitment to children and young people it has appointed Mrs Eli Stewart  as Child Safeguarding Co-ordinator and Mr Simon Dodd as Deputy Child Safeguarding Co-ordinator. All the children and young people involved in activities within the church know who they are and how they can be contacted.

Should the church have any child protection concerns it will seek the advice of the Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service and if appropriate contact the statutory authorities.

We will review this statement and our policy and procedures annually.

If you have any concerns for a child or young person then speak to one of the following who have been approved as safeguarding co-ordinators for Winchester Baptist Church:

 Child Safeguarding Co-ordinator:

Mrs Eli Stewart             Tel No:  01962 868770             Email: eli@winbap.org.uk

Deputy Child Safeguarding Co-ordinator:

Mr Simon Dodd            Tel No:  01962 868770