We recognise the importance of the church’s ministry with children, young people and vulnerable adults. We recognise the need to provide a safe and caring environment for them, and are committed to protecting and promoting the welfare of those entrusted to our care.
We acknowledge that children and young people can be the victims of physical, sexual and emotional abuse, and neglect. We agree with the principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child which states that children should be able to develop their full potential, free from hunger and want, neglect and abuse. They 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.”
We acknowledge that vulnerable adults can also be the victims of neglect or abuse. Such abuse may be discriminatory, physical, emotional, financial, sexual or institutional in nature.
We are committed to:
- Following the requirements for UK legislation in relation to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults and good practice recommendations
- Exercising proper care in the appointment and selection of all those who will work with children and vulnerable adults, and ensuring that workers adhere to the agreed procedures of our safeguarding policy and safe practice code of conduct
- Supporting the safeguarding co-ordinators in their work and in any action they may need to take in order to protect children and young people.
- Supporting the Advocate for Vulnerable Adults in their work and in any action they may need to take in order to protect vulnerable adults.
- Supporting all in the organisation affected by abuse.
We recognise that:
- Children’s Social Services has lead responsibility for investigating all allegations or suspicions of abuse where there are concerns about a child.
- Adult Safeguarding services have lead responsibility for investigating all allegations or suspicions of abuse where there are concerns about a vulnerable adult
- Where an allegation suggests that a criminal offence may have been committed the police should be contacted as a matter of urgency.
- Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility
CO-MISSION CHURCHES TRUST
The Co-Mission Churches Trust takes safeguarding very seriously. Therefore we ask all prospective paid and volunteer workers with children and vulnerable adults to complete the following application forms.
Your information will be kept confidentially by the Co-Mission Churches Trust unless requested by an appropriate authority. You can save your progress at any time and return to your form later.
Forms for: Brixton Local Church, Christ Church Balham, Christ Church Earlsfield, Cornerstone Kingston, Dundonald Church, Grace Church Worcester Park, Hope Church Sutton, Kings Church Walton, The Boathouse Putney
Forms for: Dundonald Church