Individual church safeguarding policy statement December 2020

We are pleased to share this new individual church policy statement to enable you to clearly state your church’s commitment to safeguarding vulnerable groups. This is in line with best practice and a requirement of many insurance companies.
Up until now the policy statement was to be found at the beginning of both Section 3 (Children) and Section 4 (Adults) in the handbook.
We have now produced a separate document which will enable you to share and to display it more easily.
 You can find the document here as a PDF or as a word document so you can add your own logo etc. 
 This Safeguarding Policy Statement along with the guidelines and procedures outlined in the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Handbook , and any subsequent updates, forms your safeguarding policy and procedures.
 This document  includes important information on how to make sure you are putting your safeguarding policy into practice and details of the recommended safeguarding roles and responsibilities in the local church.

Our Policy Statement on Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups

We are fully committed to safeguarding the welfare of our members and those entrusted to our care. Members of the church, paid staff and volunteers will show respect to others, promote the ethos of listening to children and vulnerable people and conduct themselves in a manner that reflects the principles of the Christian church.

The church will care for children and young people, and vulnerable adults and safeguard them by following good practices in relation to the following:

  • Safer Recruitment  ( Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Handbook Section 2)
  • Promoting good working practices ( Sections 3.1 and 4.1)
  • Training and supporting our workers in their role and in the protection of children and vulnerable people (Sections 3.2 and 4.2)
Read our Safeguarding Statement of Intent here

Policy and summary of eligibility regarding Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks.  Click here to read the leaflet.  There is further information in section 2 of the handbook and in the DBS section of this website.


Not sure if you need to do a check for your work with vulnerable adults? Read our DBS eligibility checklist for vulnerable adults workers 

 Not sure if you need to do a check for your work with children and young people? Read our DBS eligibility checklist for children and young people  

Policy Statement on the recruitment of ex offenders (Appendix 6 in the handbook) Click here to read


Policy Statement on the use storage and disposal of disclosures and information about disclosures (Appendix 5 of the handbook) click here to read the shorter statement or the full policy and procedures here


Blemished Disclosures and the Appeal Process click here to read 


 Risk assessments:

A risk assessment is a useful way of thinking through the risks and potential problems that may occur in any activity. It helps you to come up with solutions, it shows that you have planned carefully and helps you to take the reasonable steps necessary to keep everyone safe and also to protect the reputation of the organisation.  It is also a good way to share important information with other members of the team to ensure that everybody is following the best practice possible to operate in a safe and accountable manner.  Click here for our step by step guide and form.



All Wales Statutory Safeguarding Policies:

New Welsh Safeguarding procedures launched in November 2019

These are the national Wales Safeguarding Procedures. They detail the essential roles and responsibilities for practitioners to ensure that they safeguard children and adults who are at risk of abuse and neglect. 

Who they are for: These procedures are intended to guide safeguarding practice for all those employed in the statutory, third (voluntary) and private sector in health, social care, education, police, justice and other services. They are applicable for all practitioners and managers working in Wales - whether employed by a devolved or non-devolved agency.

What they are for:  The Procedures helps practitioners apply the legislation and statutory guidance Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act 2014 and (Section 7 Volumes 5 and 6 on handling individual cases) to practice.

Frequently asked questions: follow this link





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