The Trustees, the Minister and the other Elders of GCB recognise the need to provide a safe and caring environment for children, young people and adults. We acknowledge that children, young people and adults can be the victims of physical, sexual and emotional abuse, and neglect. We believe that everyone is entitled to attend our main Sunday afternoon services without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, sexuality, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.

We further believe that children should be able to develop their full potential, free from hunger and want, neglect and abuse. We believe that children have a right to be protected from all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment or exploitation, including sexual abuse, while in the care of parent(s), legal guardian(s), or any other person who has care of the child.

The Trustees, Minister and other Elders have therefore adopted the procedures set out in this safeguarding policy in accordance with statutory guidance. The Church Council of GCB has also approved this safeguarding policy together with the procedures set out herein. We are committed to building constructive links with statutory and voluntary agencies involved in safeguarding.

The policy is based on the ten Safe and Secure safeguarding standards published by Thirtyone:eight. It takes account of the Care Act 2014 and the government guidelines ‘Working together to safeguard children’ (Mar 2015) and ‘Keeping Children Safe during Community Activities, After-School Clubs and Tuition’ (Oct 2020).

The Trustees, the Minister and the other Elders undertake to:

  • Endorse and follow all national and local safeguarding legislation and procedures.
  • Provide on-going safeguarding training for all its workers (whether paid or voluntary) and
    regularly review this policy.
  • Liaise with owners of the venues where Sunday services are held, to ensure that the
    premises meet the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 as amended and all other
    relevant legislation, and that it is welcoming and inclusive.
  • Support the Safeguarding Coordinator(s) in their work and in any action they may need
    to take in order to protect children and adults.
  • Provide a copy of this policy to individuals/organisations on request.
  • Not to allow the document to be copied by other unrelated organisations.

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