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Policy Statement on Safeguarding Children at GBC
The aim of the Grantham Baptist Church is to make disciples.

In fulfilling this aim:
  • We welcome children into the life of this community
  • Have a programme of events for children
  • Make our premises available to organisations working with children

  • The church recognises its responsibilities for the safeguarding of all young people under the age of 18
    (regardless of gender, ethnicity or ability) as set out in the Children Act 1989 and 2004,
    Safe from Harm* and Working Together to Safeguard Children**
    (HM Government 1994* and 2013**)('reviewed in October 2014')

    As members of this church we commit ourselves to the nurturing, protection and safekeeping
    of allssociated with the church and will pray for them regularly. In pursuit of this we commit ourselves
    to the following policies and to the development of procedures to ensure their implementation.

    Prevention and Reporting of

    It is the duty of each church member to help prevent the physical, sexual and emotional abuse of children,
    and the duty of each church member to respond to concerns about the well-being of children and to
    report any child abuse disclosed, discovered or suspected. The church will fully co-operate with any statutory
    investigation into any suspected abuse linked with the church.

    Safe Recruitment, Support and Supervision of Workers

    The church will exercise proper care in the selection and appointment of those working with children,
    whether paid or volunteer. All workers will be provided with appropriate training,
    support and supervision to promote the safekeeping of children.

    Respecting Children

    The church will adopt a code of behaviour for all who are appointed to work with children
    so that all children are shown the respect that is due to them. (See page 14)

    Safe Working Practices

    The church is committed to the prevention of bullying of children.

    A Safe Community

    The church will seek to ensure that the behaviour of any who may pose a risk to children
    and young people in the community of the church is managed appropriately