Safeguarding summary

Section 1

Details of the place of worship

Name of Place of Worship                                    New Hope Community Church
Address:                                                                     The Beacon, Old Lane, Halfway, S20 3GZ
Tel No:                                                                         0114 247 2994
General Email address:                                              
Pastor                                                                           Alan Brazier
Pastor Contact Telephone / Email:                       07742 015864
Safeguarding Coordinator Name:                         Dawn Howe
Safeguarding Coordinator Contact                      07791471728                                

Membership of Denomination                               None/Independent
Charity Number:                                                          1151328         
Insurance Company:                                                   Ansvar : Employers and Public Liability
Brief description of New Hope Community Church:
We believe that church is more than a meeting held in a building on a Sunday.  In line with our statement of faith and trust document, we seek to actively engage with the local community by showing the love of Christ.  On a practical level we aim to achieve this through our foodbank, furniture project, community mental health support group, charity shop and café.
We have put in place standard operating procedures and safe working practices across our community engagement.  Were the trustees and/or leadership team have assessed that a DBS is required we will seek guidance from our agency and agree to pay all costs incurred.

Our commitment
As a Leadership we recognise the need to provide a safe and caring environment for children, young people and adults.  We acknowledge that children, young people and adults can be the victims of physical, sexual, emotional and spiritual abuse, and neglect.  We accept the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant of Human Rights, which states that everyone is entitled to “all the rights and freedoms set forth therein, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status”.  We also concur with the Convention on the Rights of the Child which states that children should be able to develop their full potential, free from hunger and want, neglect and abuse.   They have a right to be protected from “all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment or exploitation, including sexual abuse, while in the care of parent(s), legal guardian(s), or any other person who has care of the child.”  As a Leadership we have therefore adopted the procedures set out in this safeguarding policy in accordance with statutory guidance.  We are committed to build constructive links with statutory and voluntary agencies involved in safeguarding. 
The policy and any attached practice guidelines are based on the ten Safe and Secure safeguarding standards published by thirtyone-eight.

Understanding abuse and neglect
Defining child abuse or abuse against an adult is a difficult and complex issue. A person may abuse by inflicting harm or failing to prevent harm. Children and adults in need of protection may be abused within a family, an institution or a community setting. Very often the abuser is known or in a trusted relationship with the child or adult.

Safer recruitment
The Leadership will ensure all workers will be appointed, trained, supported and supervised in accordance with government guidance on safe recruitment. 

Safeguarding training

The Leadership is committed to on-going safeguarding training and development opportunities for all workers, developing a culture of awareness of safeguarding issues to help protect everyone.  Safeguarding training
The Leadership is committed to on-going safeguarding training and development opportunities for all workers, developing a culture of awareness of safeguarding issues to help protect everyone. 

Management of Workers – Codes of Conduct
As a Leadership we are committed to supporting all workers and ensuring they receive support and supervision. All workers have been issued with a code of conduct towards children, young people and adults with care and support needs.

Practice Guidelines
As an organisation / place of worship working with children, young people and adults with care and support needs we wish to operate and promote good working practice. This will enable workers to run activities safely, develop good relationships and minimise the risk of false or unfounded accusation.
As well as a general code of conduct for workers we also have specific good practice guidelines for every activity we are involved in and these are attached or in the appendices.
Working in Partnership

We have clear guidelines in regards to our expectations of those with whom we work in partnership, whether in the UK or not. We will discuss with all partners our safeguarding expectations and have a partnership agreement for safeguarding.
We believe good communication is essential in promoting safeguarding, both to those we wish to protect, to everyone involved in working with children and adults and to all those with whom we work in partnership. This safeguarding policy is just one means of promoting safeguarding.

Should you require further details please contact the Safeguard lead or church Pastor.