child protection policy statement

The Celestial Church of Christ – Holy Saviour’s (hereafter, The Churchʺ)

1075 High Road Romford RM6 4AU

Protestant / Evangelical Christian Faith

Mission Statement

The Church Leadership [The Council of Elders/Trustees -hereafter referred to as CL] recognizes the importance of its ministry to children and young people and its responsibility to protect and safeguard the welfare of children and young people entrusted to the church’s care.
As part of its mission, the Church is committed to:

  • Valuing, listening to and respecting children and young people as well as promoting their welfare and protection.
  • Safe selection, supervision, and training for all the children’s workers within the church.
  • Adopting a procedure for dealing with concerns about possible abuse.
  • Encouraging and supporting parents/carers.
  • Supporting those affected by abuse in the church
  • Maintaining good links with the statutory childcare authorities and other organizations.
  • Church Policy

    The [CL] recognizes the need to provide a safe and caring environment for children and young people. It also acknowledges that children and young people can be the victims of physical, sexual and emotional abuse, and neglect. The [CL] has therefore adopted the procedures set out in this document (hereafter “the policy”). It also recognizes the need to build constructive links with statutory and voluntary child protection agencies. The policy and attached practice guidelines are based on a model published by the Churchesʹ Child Protection Advisory Service (CCPAS). The [CL] is committed to on-going child protection training for all children’s workers and will regularly review the operational guidelines attached.
    The [CL] also undertakes to follow the principles found within the Abuse of Trust guidance issued by the Home Office and it is therefore, unacceptable for those in a position of trust to engage in any behavior which might allow a sexual relationship to develop for as long as the relationship of trust continues.

    Responding to allegations of abuse

    Under no circumstances should a church worker carry out their own investigation into the allegation or suspicion of abuse.
    The person in receipt of allegations or suspicions of abuse will do the following:

  • Concerns must be reported as soon as possible to the Head of Church Warden or the Minister-In-Charge (hereafter the Co-ordinator) who is nominated by the [CL] to act on their behalf in dealing with the allegation or suspicion of neglect or abuse, including referring the matter to the Council of Elders/Trustees or on to the statutory authorities.
  • The Co-ordinator may also be required by conditions of the Church Insurance Policy to immediately inform the Insurance Company.
  • In the absence of the Co-ordinator, or if the suspicions in any way involve the Co-ordinator then the report should be made to the Minister or any member CL.
    If the suspicions implicate both of the Co-ordinators, then the report should be made in the first instance to the CL or alternatively contact Social Services.
    The local Social Services office telephone number is available from the telephone directory. The Police Child Protection Team at the local police station.
  • Suspicions must not be discussed with anyone other than those nominated above. A written record of the concerns should be
    made in accordance with church procedures and kept in a secure place.
  • Whilst allegations or suspicions of abuse will normally be reported to the Co-ordinator, the absence of the Co-ordinators should not delay referral to the Social Services Department.
  • The [CL] will support the Co-ordinators in their role, and accept that any information they may have in their possession will beshared in a strictly limited way on a need to know basis.
  • It is, of course, the right of any individual as a citizen to make a direct referral to the child protection agencies or seek advice from CCPAS, although the [CL] hope that members of the church will use this procedure. If, however, the individual with the concern feels that the Co-ordinators has not responded appropriately, or where they have a disagreement with the Coordinator(s) as to the appropriateness of a referral they are free to contact an outside agency direct. We hope by making this statement that the [CL] demonstrate the commitment of the church to effective child protection.
  • The role of the coordinators is to collate and clarify the precise details of the allegation or suspicion and pass this information on to the Social Services Department. It is Social Services task to investigate the matter under Section 47 of the Children Act 1989.
  • Allegations of Physical Injury or Neglect

    If a child has a physical injury or symptom of neglect, the Coordinators will:

  • Contact Social Services (or CCPAS) for advice in cases of deliberate injury, if concerned about a child’s safety or if a child is afraid to return home.
  • Will not tell the parents or carers unless advised to do so having contacted Social Services.
  • Seek medical help if needed urgently, informing the doctor of any suspicions.
  • For lesser concerns, (e.g. poor parenting), encourage parent/carer to seek help, but not if this places the child at risk of injury.
  • Where the parent/carer is unwilling to seek help, offer to accompany them. In cases of real concern, if they still fail to act, contact Social Services direct for advice.
  • Seek and follow the advice given by CCPAS (who will confirm their advice in writing) if unsure whether or not to refer a case to Social Services.
  • Allegations of Sexual Abuse

    In the event of allegations or suspicions of sexual abuse, the Coordinators will:

  • Contact the Social Services Department Duty Social Worker for children and families or Police Child Protection Team direct. They will NOT speak to the parent/carer or anyone else.
  • Seek and follow the advice given by CCPAS if, for any reason, they are unsure whether or not to contact Social Services/Police. CCPAS will confirm its advice in writing for future reference.
  • Appointments, Support, Supervision and Training of Leaders and Workers

    The [CL] will ensure all workers will be appointed, trained, supported and supervised in accordance with the principles set out in government guidelines “Safe from Harm” ( HMSO 1993), CCPAS guidance and Church practice guidelines attached.
    The same principles will be applied to those appointed to work with vulnerable adults.

    Supervision of Group and Children Activities

    The [CL] will ensure that the every children’s’ activities are supervised by two adult parents.

    Support to those affected by abuse

    The [CL] is committed to offering pastoral care, working with statutory agencies as appropriate, and support to those attending a church affected by abuse.

    Support to those affected by abuse

    When someone attending the church is known to have abused children, the [CL] will supervise the individual concerned and offer pastoral care, but in its commitment to the protection of children, set boundaries for that person which they will be expected to keep.