Tuesday 23rd May
Policies and Advice

Many Churches have been taking Safeguarding seriously and have been making provision for their ministers and volunteers to participate in the safeguarding training provided by HEBA.

It is very important that our Churches are aware of the requirements that all BUGB accredited ministers must be trained up to Level 3 every 4 years by BUGB-approved trainers. They must also must have an up to date DBS check (renewed every 5 years).

Another important aspect to safeguarding is to remind you that it is a legal obligation for any charity to report any suspicions, allegations or incidents of abuse of vulnerable beneficiaries immediately to the Charity Commission.  Follow this link for more information: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/how-to-report-a-serious-incident-in-your-charity

It details an obligation for any charity to report any suspicions, allegations or incidents of abuse of vulnerable beneficiaries immediately to the Charity Commission.

Remember your regional ministers are here to help you if any concerns are raised. If you require urgent advice you can contact the CCPAS helpline.

KEEPING PEOPLE SAFE

It has been some time since our Baptist Union had a document available to help us safeguard Vulnerable Adults, but we now have "Safe to Belong", but only in electronic format here:
http://www.baptist.org.uk/Groups/266101/Safe_to_Belong.aspx

It is 55 pages long, which some may find difficult to read on screen so we offering to print copies for HEBA churches at a cost of £1.50 per A4 booklet plus postage, which will depend on the number of copies ordered. Contact the office if you'd like to take advantage of this offer.

The BUGB "Guide to Cyber Safety" is now available for download on the Baptists Together website here. We will print and post out copies for HEBA churches at a cost of 25p per copy plus postage, which will depend upon the number of copies ordered.

Model Safeguarding Policies for Churches

We are grateful to our Baptist Union of Great Britain for providing the following model Safeguarding policies for Baptist Churches.
For smaller churches [here] and for larger churches [here]

Letting out church premises

If you let out your church premises, remember to check that users have appropriate safeguarding policies and procedures in place.

The BU Corporation Guideline Hiring of Church Premises advises "...it is good practice for the church to obtain written confirmation from any organisation or individual hiring the church premises that it has a child protection policy and uses the Criminal Records Bureau * service if that is relevant to the purposes for which the premises are going to be used".

*now the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
http://www.baptist.org.uk/Articles/368778/BUC_Guideline_Leaflet.aspx

SAFEGUARDING RESOURCE

A quick referral procedure for churches responding to concerns is here.