Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults:
An extract from our Safeguarding Policy, which follows the URC National Guidelines
“We acknowledge children’s and adults right to protection from abuse, regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexuality or beliefs. We consider that the welfare of children is paramount. We will follow legislation, statutory guidance and recognised good practice in order to protect vulnerable people in our church.
We will organise activities in such a way as to promote a safe environment and minimise the risk of harm to children and adults.
We will follow a safe recruitment process for the selection and appointment of people to work with children or adults at risk, whether voluntary or paid, lay or ordained.
We are committed to providing support, supervision, resources and training to those who work with children and adults.
We will use rigorous and careful supervision to protect people from the risks associated with known offenders within the congregation, including implementing contracts with known offenders and those who have been assessed as posing a risk.
We believe that abuse in all its forms is unacceptable and inconsistent with a Christian way of living and recognise that it can affect both adults and children.
All concerns and allegations of abuse will be responded to appropriately, including referring to the statutory authorities if necessary.
We will co-operate with the statutory authorities in any investigation, will follow multi-agency decisions and will maintain confidentiality of any investigations to those directly involved.”
The full policy is available from the Peasley Cross Safeguarding Coordinator, any church Elder, or the Minister.