Safeguarding Policy Statement
Global Crossfire Church (GCC) is committed to creating a safe culture within its church and believe that it must demonstrate a duty of care to safeguard all children, young people and adults from harm. All children have a right to protection, and the needs of all people who may be particularly vulnerable (either permanently or temporarily) must be taken into account when considering their involvement in church life and the support that is offered to enable them to live fulfilling Christian lives.
GCC takes its responsibility for the care of other people’s children extremely seriously. All volunteers working directly with children and young people will be made aware of this policy, will undergo safeguarding training and will receive an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check.
This policy sets out what action will be taken in various circumstances in order to reassure parents, carers and funders that all possible steps will be taken to protect children involved in any aspect of the organisation’s work.
This policy is based on the following principles:
- The welfare of a child or young person will always be paramount.
- The welfare of families will be promoted.
- The rights wish and feelings of children, young people and their families will be respected and listened to.
- Those people in positions of responsibility within the church will work in accordance with the interests of children and young people and follow the policy outlined below.
- Those people in positions of responsibility within the church will ensure that the same opportunities are available to everyone and that all differences between individuals will be treated with respect.
We will aim to safeguard children by:
- Adopting child protection guidelines through procedures and a code of conduct.
- Sharing information about child protection and good practice with children, parents and volunteers.
- Sharing information about concerns with agencies who need to know and involving parents and children appropriately.
- We are committed to reviewing our policy and good practice regularly.
Our Church is a member of the CCPAS. Our policy and guidelines are based on the model published by the Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service (CCPAS). The Church leadership undertakes to file a copy of the policy and practice guidelines with CCPAS and social services, and any amendments subsequently published.
The Church leadership is committed to on-going child protection training for all children/youth workers and will regularly review the operational guidelines.
If you have any concerns for a child or in relation to any child protection matter, then speak to our designated child protection co-ordinator Judy Colley on 01843 590163 or 07731 603731. A copy of the full policy can be seen in the church office upon request.