Cheadle Hulme United Reformed Church Safeguarding Policy
Cheadle Hulme United Reformed Church believes that the welfare of children/vulnerable adults is EVERYONE’S responsibility, particularly when it comes to protecting children/vulnerable adults from abuse. Everyone within the church can help – Minister, Elders, Members, friends and children themselves. Abuse can occur wherever there are children/vulnerable adults – at home, at church, at school, in the park. Sadly, some people will seek to be where children /vulnerable adults are simply in order to abuse them.
We believe that those belonging to the U.R.C. and everyone using the church premises have a moral responsibility and therefore a part to play in looking after the children and vulnerable adults with whom we are working. The Children Act 1989 indicates that anyone who has responsibility for the care of children should “do what is reasonable in all circumstances for the purpose of safeguarding or promoting the child’s welfare.” While the welfare of young people is the churches first consideration in establishing a child protection programme it is also seen that the interests of leaders themselves need to be taken into account, particularly when falsely accused. These child protection procedures stem from the following principles:
The child’s welfare is paramount
- Anyone under the age of 18 is classed as a child
- All children, regardless of age, any disability they have, gender, racial origin, religious belief and sexual identity and/or social/economic status have a right to be protected from abuse.
- Respect and promote the rights, wishes and feelings of young people in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Cheadle Hulme United Reformed Church recognises that some children and young people have additional vulnerabilities or are disadvantaged by their experiences such as children with disabilities or who come from minority ethnic groups. Bearing in mind that children and young people can be and are disadvantaged by these and other experiences, it is important for all those that work with children to be extra vigilant in creating a safe culture.
We know that if the procedures are to help to protect children, everyone involved needs to see and discuss them.
All organisations groups or hirers using Cheadle Hulme United Reformed Church Premises must abide by this policy and the following procedures. The attached declaration must be signed and returned by the responsible person
PROCEDURES TO CARRY OUT THE PROTECTION POLICY
(a) As far as possible a worker should not be left alone with a child, young person or vulnerable adult. Groups may work in the same large room or if in an adjoining room, the door should be left open. This benefits the worker as much as the vulnerable person
(b) Workers should not arrange to meet with children, young people or vulnerable adults off the URC premises without a parent/guardian/adult carer present.
(c) Follow the guidelines for ratios of workers to children, young people and vulnerable adults. (See Appendix 1)
(d) If transporting by car arrange as far as possible to have more than one passenger in the vehicle and children seated in the back.
If transporting by minibus arrange as far as possible to have more than one passenger in the vehicle with an adult seated in the back with the children.
(e) Only allow children, young people or vulnerable adults to leave the Church premises in the presence of an adult known to have permission to accompany them.
(f) It is good practice to record activities. This record should include a register of children and staff and details of any significant incidents.
(g) If any form of physical support is required ask the Child / Vulnerable adult permission, explain what you are doing and why to them and their parents/carers
(h) Where possible ask parents/carers to be responsible for children/vulnerable adults in changing rooms. Always ensure that whoever supervises young people work in pairs
(i) Where there are mixed teams/groups away from home, they should always be accompanied by an adult male and female helper
(j) All workers and leaders must have appropriate DBS checks
Ratio of adults to Children and young people;
0-2 years 1 member of staff to three children
2-3 years 1 member of staff to four children
3-7 years 1 member of staff to eight children
8 years and over Two adults (preferably one of each gender)
for up to twenty children
Three adults for twenty one to thirty children
Four adults for thirty-one children
At Cheadle Hulme United Reformed Church, the Safeguarding Officers are:
Robert Hill 0161 440 0296
Elaine Noden 0161 355 1459
who are both members of Bramhall United Reformed Church