Safeguarding Statement

Leadership Safeguarding Statement

The Leadership, being the pastors and deacons of Pollok Baptist Church, recognises the importance of its ministry /work with children and adults at risk and its responsibility to protect everyone entrusted to our care.

The following statement was agreed by the Leadership on 12th November 2018

 

This church is committed to the safeguarding of children and adults at risk and ensuring their well-being.

We recognise:

that every child and adult should be valued, safe and happy. We want to make sure that children and adults at risk we have contact with know this and are empowered to tell us if they are suffering harm.

that all adults should enjoy and have access to every aspect of the life of the church.

that all children and adults have the right to be treated with respect, to be listened to and to be protected from all forms of abuse.

that we all have a responsibility to help prevent the physical, sexual, emotional abuse and neglect of children and to report any such abuse that we discover or suspect.

the personal dignity and rights of adults who find themselves victims of forced marriage or modern slavery and will ensure all our policies and procedures reflect this.

We undertake to exercise proper care in the appointment and selection of all those who will work with children and adults at risk.

We are committed to:

Nurturing, protecting and safeguarding of children and adults at risk

Implementing the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 and all other relevant UK legislation in relation to safeguarding children and adults at risk and good practice recommendations.

Ensuring that workers adhere to the agreed procedures of our safeguarding policy.

Keeping up to date with national and local developments relating to safeguarding.

Supporting, resourcing and training all those who undertake work with children and adults at risk.

Supporting the safeguarding co-ordinator/s in their work and in any action, they may need to take to protect children and adults at risk.

Supporting all in the community of worship affected by abuse.

We recognise that:

Glasgow Social Work Department has lead responsibility for investigating all allegations or suspicions of abuse where there are concerns about a child.

Glasgow Adult Social Work Services have lead responsibility for investigating all allegations or suspicions of abuse where there are concerns about an adult at risk of harm.

Where an allegation suggests that a criminal offence may have been committed then the police should be contacted as a matter of urgency.

Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.

We will review this statement and our policy and procedures annually.

If you have any concerns for a child or adult at risk, then speak to one of the  safeguarding team, whose contact details can be found on the noticeboard in the church lounge.

Pollok Baptist Church exists to glorify God through our worship and witness – showing the love of Jesus in our community.