PROTECTION OF CHILDREN AND ADULTS POLICY STATEMENT

The following statement was agreed by the leadership on:
● JD Church is committed to the safeguarding of children and adults with care and support needs and
ensuring their well-being.
● We recognise that we all have a responsibility to help prevent the physical, sexual, psychological, financial
and discriminatory abuse and neglect of adults at risk of harm and abuse and to report any such abuse that
we discover or suspect.
● We recognise the personal dignity and rights of adults and will ensure all our policies and procedures will
reflect this.
● We believe all adults should enjoy and have access to every aspect of life within JD Church.
● We undertake to exercise proper care in the appointment and selection of those who will work with children
and adults with care and support needs.
● We believe every child should be valued, safe and happy. We want to make sure that children we have
contact with know this and are empowered to tell us if they are experiencing significant harm.

 

We are committed to:
● Following statutory denominational and specialist guidelines in relation to safeguarding children and adults
and will ensure that as a place of worship/organisation all workers will work within the agreed procedures of
our safeguarding policy.
● Implementing the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Acts 1995 and 2005, Equality Act 2010 and
all other relevant legislation.
● Supporting, resourcing and training those who undertake this work.
● Ensuring that we are keeping up to date with national and local developments relating to safeguarding.
● Ensuring that everyone agrees to abide by these recommendations and the guidelines established by this
place of worship/organisation.
● Supporting all in JD Church affected by abuse.

 

We recognise:
● Children’s Social Care services has lead responsibility for investigating all allegations or suspicions of abuse
where there are concerns about a child. Adult Social Care services 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.

 

We will review this statement and our policy annually.
If you have any concerns for a child or adult, then speak to one of the following who have been approved as
safeguarding leads for this place of worship.

 
Ps Lucy Schoeps – Safeguarding Lead for 0-18 year olds and Adults

 

Safeguarding team:

Miriam Dias – Safeguarding for 0-18 year

Lucy Beverley – Safeguarding for 0-18 year

 

A copy of this JD Church safeguarding policy can be requested and provided by the Safeguarding Team