The Trustees of E1 Community Church recognise the importance of its work with adults with care and support needs and its responsibility to protect everyone entrusted to our care.

 

We recognise the need to provide a safe and caring environment for children, young people and adults.  We accept the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant of Human Rights, which state that everyone is entitled to “all the rights and freedoms set forth therein, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status”.

 

As a Leadership we have therefore adopted the procedures set out in this safeguarding policy in accordance with statutory guidance.  We are committed to building constructive links with statutory and voluntary agencies involved in safeguarding. 

 

The policy and practice guidelines are based on the ten Safe and Secure safeguarding standards published by the Churches' Child Protection Advisory Service (CCPAS).  .

The fuller version of this statement was agreed by E1CC Trustees and ratified by those present at the Vision Meeting of E1 Community Church held on 11th June 2017:  Our Safeguarding Policies are reviewed at least every 12 months by our Safeguarding Leads and Trustees:

We believe:

  • We are charged to love and care for each other particularly the most vulnerable members of our community. We believe that being members and participants of the Church carries responsibilities, both institutional and individual, to ensure that the environment is safe for all

  • That we all have a responsibility to help prevent the abuse and neglect of adults who have care and support needs and to report any such abuse that we discover or suspect

  • In the dignity and rights of adults who find themselves victims of forced marriage or modern slavery and will take action against this.

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

 

We are committed to:

  • Following the requirements for UK legislation in relation to safeguarding adults with care and support needs, and good practice recommendations

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

  • Helping where possible (given we hire the building), to ensure that the premises meet the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 and all other relevant legislation, and that it is welcoming and inclusive

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

  • Following any denominational or organisational guidelines in relation to safeguarding adults with care and support needs

  • Supporting those who raise concerns about others

  • Providing on-going safeguarding training for all its workers and ensuring that workers adhere to the agreed procedures of our safeguarding policy

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

  • Supporting the safeguarding co-ordinator/s in their work and in any action they may need to take in order to protect any adult with care and support needs

  •   Ensuring that everyone agrees to abide by these recommendations and the guidelines established by E1 Community Church

  •    Supporting all in E1 Community Church affected by abuse

 

We recognise:

  •    Children’s Social Care has lead responsibility for investigating all allegations or suspicions of abuse where there are concerns about a child

  • Adult Social Care has lead responsibility for investigating all allegations or suspicions of abuse where there are concerns about an adult with care and support needs

  • 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

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