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.

REQUIREMENTS FOR HOSTING A SAFEGUARDING EVENT

  • That you can accommodate 20 - 30 participants with café style seating (i.e. tables that can accommodate 5-6 people)

  • You have PowerPoint projection facilities for the trainer.

  • You have facilities for the speaker to be amplified if necessary.

  • Parking facilities (desirable).

  • Wheelchair / disability access.

  • You will have a suitable room set up and ready for use.

  • Being able to offer refreshments on arrival and during a break (Usually tea/coffee and biscuits.)

Please contact Keith Baldwin if there are any issues with the above that you need to discuss - 07903 045670 / keith@baptist-heartofengland.org

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.

Level 2 Training Events

(A greyed out Event indicates there are very few spaces left whilst those in RED are now full, please contact KEITH BALDWIN 07903 045670 or keith@baptist-heartofengland.org to check availability or for any other training queries.)

Sat,20 Jul at 9:30am      Hereford Baptist Church, Commercial Rd, Hereford HR1 2BP
Sat,05 Oct at 9:30am     Tamworth Baptist Church, Derwent, Belgrave, Tamworth B77 2LD

Level 3 Training Events

Wed,03 Jul at 6.00pm    Delves Baptist Church, Bell Ln, Walsall WS5 4PU
Sat,13 Jul at 9:30am      Wade Street Baptist Church, Wade St, Lichfield WS13 6HL
Sat,20 Jul at 1:30pm      Hereford Baptist Church, Commercial Rd, Hereford HR1 2BP
Sat,05 Oct at 1:30pm     Tamworth Baptist Church, Derwent, Belgrave, Tamworth B77 2LD

BOTH COURSES ARE OF 3 HOUR DURATION

HOW TO APPLY FOR A SAFEGUARDING COURSE

If you wish to apply for a place on one of the listed Events please email keith@baptist-heartofengland.org with the following information:

Name: (how you represent your name will be how it appears on the Certificate)

Email address:

Home church: (your home church)

Church role: (ie Minister, Children's worker, Volunteer etc)

Course: (whether you require LEVEL 2 or LEVEL 3 or both)

Event: (the date and venue of the Course you wish to attend)

Please state if you have any special requirements in order for me to ensure you can access the material ie visual impairment.

NB: If you are applying for LEVEL 3 only, we will check that you have recently completed LEVEL 2 as this is a pre-requisite to taking the advanced training.

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.