Date of Safeguarding Policy Review – May 2015
Details of the place of worship
Name of Place of Worship: Exmouth Chapel
Address: 17 – 19 Exeter Road Exmouth, Devon, EX8 1PN
Insurance Company: Congregational & General Insurance PLC
The following is a brief description of our place of worship and the activities we undertake with children:
We are an independent church providing children’s activities throughout the week and weekend, many children come from the local community and have little or no other connection with a church.
As a Leadership we recognise the need to provide a safe and caring environment for children, young people and vulnerable adults. We acknowledge that children, young people and vulnerable adults can be the victims of physical, sexual and emotional abuse, and neglect. We accept the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant of Human Rights, which states that everyone is entitled to “all the rights and freedoms set forth therein, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status”. We also concur with the 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.” Our Leadership has therefore adopted the procedures set out in this safeguarding policy in accordance with statutory guidance. We are committed to build constructive links with statutory and voluntary agencies involved in safeguarding.
The policy and attached practice guidelines are based on the ten Safe and Secure safeguarding standards published by the Churches' Child Protection Advisory Service (CCPAS) and prepared in consultation with the Eldership of Exmouth Chapel
The Leadership undertakes to:
- Endorse and follow all national and local safeguarding legislation and procedures, in addition to the international conventions outlined
- Provide on-going safeguarding training for all its workers and will regularly review the operational guidelines
- Ensure that the premises meet the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act1995 and all other relevant legislation, and that it is welcoming and inclusive.
- Support the Safeguarding Co-ordinator(s) in their work and in any action they may need to take in order to protect children and vulnerable
- File a copy of the policy and practice guidelines with CCPAS and any amendmentssubsequently published. The Leadership agrees not to allow the document to be copied by other organisations.
The full Safeguarding Policy is available upon request to Matthew Pitts of the Safeguarding team or any Elder of Exmouth Chapel.