Trinity United Reformed Church, Wigan

Statement on Safeguarding Policy

We acknowledge children’s and adults right to protection from abuse, regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexuality or beliefs. We consider that the welfare of children is paramount. We will follow legislation, statutory guidance and recognised good practice in order to protect vulnerable people in our church.

We will seek to establish a caring environment in which there is an informed vigilance about dangers of abuse.

We have a Safeguarding Coordinator and Deputy who have specific responsibilities, although we recognise that safeguarding is a whole church responsibility.

We will organise activities in such a way as to promote a safe environment and minimise the risk of harm to children and adults at risk.

We will follow a safe recruitment process for the selection and appointment of people to work with children or adults at risk, whether voluntary or paid, lay or ordained.

  1. All organisation leaders must have DBS checking.
    1. Adequate safeguarding training is required for leaders and volunteers.
    1. There is a Photograph Policy for use of photographs in the Church Magazine and the Website.  
    1. There is a policy regarding online safety.

    1. Outside organisations that hire our premises must have their own Safeguarding procedures or follow our safeguarding policy.

We are committed to providing support, supervision, resources and training to those in our church organisation who work with children and adults.

We believe that abuse in all its forms is unacceptable and inconsistent with a Christian way of living and recognise that it can affect both adults and children.

Our detailed Safeguarding Policy is displayed on the notice board in church.