HEBA Safeguarding

‘Safeguarding’ is the practice and procedures we undertake in our church communities with the aim of providing safe environments for all, including ministers, other paid workers and volunteers, as well as for the protection of adults, young people and children from harm, abuse or neglect.

Every church should adopt a safeguarding policy and have in place up-to-date procedures enabling ‘safeguarding’ to be a priority in their church context.

HEBA works with Baptists Together in providing information and training so that Baptist churches can maintain safe environments for all.

You can read the HEBA Trustees' Safeguarding Policy here. The HEBA Trustee for Safeguarding is Revd Duncan MacLean.

HEBA has trained several members of our churches to deliver the Baptists Together Safeguarding Training Excellence in Safeguarding at Levels 2 and 3. More information on training is available for download.

A comprehensive collection of forms, model procedures, policies and service ideas are available on the Baptists Together website.

Training

SAFEGUARDING TRAINING UPDATE

If you are in need of Safeguarding Training, whether at Level 2 or Level 3 please check with your Designated Person for Safeguarding (DPS) as to whether your own church is considering hosting an event.

Keith Baldwin will be regularly advising of Events that are coming up so that you can to choose the most convenient venue to attend. The link below will show you the current Events that are booked;

Please complete the application form below if you’d like to book - email it to keith@baptist-heartofengland.org

Fees

The cost for each individual participant from a church which gives regularly to Baptist Home Mission will be £15.00. (£25.00 for others). There is no charge for accredited, nationally and regionally recognised pastors/ministers.

Training for Ministers

All accredited, nationally and regionally recognised pastors/ministers are required to undertake the safeguarding training required by the National Ministerial Recognition Committee (MRC) to maintain their accreditation/recognition. A safeguarding training clause should be included in the Terms of Settlement for all of the above ministries.

The current training requirements are to undertake Excellence in Safeguarding Training through BUGB at level 2 and 3 every 4 years, and every year to undertake an online BUGB training session on a particular aspect of safeguarding.

The responsibility to ensure that non-accredited and non-recognised ministers undertake their safeguarding training remains with the church trustees. If you have any queries about this, please contact your Regional Minister.

Participants should be familiar with the safeguarding policy statement and procedures from their own Church.

Please email keith@baptist-heartofengland.org if you have any questions concerning Safeguarding Training.