The church has a growing children’s and young people’s ministry. The church’s Leadership Team takes seriously its responsibility to protect and safeguard the welfare of children and young people entrusted to the church’s care.
- We believe that children must be protected from all harm at all times.
- We believe that every child should be safe, happy and valued. We want to make sure that children we have contact with, know this and are able to tell us if they are suffering from harm.
- We want children who use or have contact with this church to enjoy what we have to offer, in safety.
- We want parents or carers who use or attend our church to be supported to care for their children in a way that promotes their child’s health and well-being and keeps them safe.
- To achieve this, we have in place an effective child protection procedure and we follow national and local guidance:
- Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018)
- Staffordshire Safeguarding Children Board Child Protection Procedures (staffsscb.org.uk).
- Stoke-on-Trent Safeguarding Children Board (safeguardingchildren.stoke.gov.uk).
- If we discover or suspect that a child is suffering harm, we will follow our procedures in order that they can be protected. If necessary, in an emergency we will call 999.
- Our Child Protection Policy and our Child Protection Procedure apply to all staff, volunteers and users of the Community Life Church and anyone carrying out work for us or using our premises.
- We will review our Child Protection Policy and procedures at least every two years to make sure they are still relevant and effective.
As part of the mission, the Leadership Team is committed to:
- Listening to, relating effectively and valuing children and young people whilst ensuring their protection within church activities.
- Encouraging and supporting parents/carers.
- Having a system for dealing with concerns about possible abuse.
- Maintaining good links with the statutory child care authorities.
Safer Recruitment of Workers
The church will exercise care when recruiting youth and children’s workers/volunteers. The recruitment process includes seeking a DBS check on every candidate and renewing these in accordance to the recommended guidelines. Workers will be provided with appropriate guidance, training and support to safeguard children.
Child Protection Policy
Upon request, a full copy of the church’s Child Protection Policy is available to any member of the church or person associated with the church.
Our Safeguarding Points of Contact Within The Church are:
- Safeguarding Co-ordinator: Michelle Ball
- Deputy Safeguarding Co-ordinators: Sandra Tyrell and Ruth Howell