Safeguarding is the protection of adults and children from harm, abuse or neglect.
We all have the same rights and expectations to independence, respect, choice, fulfilment of our ambitions, to be heard, included, and to have privacy and confidentiality. These expectations are central to the way in which we interact with each other in our life together.
Safeguarding involves a range of activities aimed at promoting the individual’s fundamental right to be safe. These include making and maintaining safe environments for all, having processes to follow should something go wrong, and support for everyone involved.
All members of our church staff have a level 2 certificate in Excellence In Safeguarding which has been put together by the Baptist Union and have also been checked and approved by the DBS (Disclosure Barring Service)
The Disclosure and Barring Service is a government agency which provides information about employees’ and volunteers’ criminal records history, so that employers are able to make safer recruitment decisions. The DBS check if an individual has any criminal convictions, if they are barred from working with children or adults at risk and if the police hold any other relevant information about that person. The DBS used to be known as the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB). CRB checks have now been replaced by DBS checks.