St. Paul’s recognises the importance of ministry to children and young people and its responsibility to protect and safeguard the welfare of children and young people entrusted to it. The Children Act 1989 and the notes of guidance make it clear that Child Safeguarding applies to children and young people up to the age of 18.
As part of its mission, St. Paul’s is committed to:
- Valuing, listening to and respecting children and young people as well as promoting their welfare and protection.
- Safe recruitment, supervision and training for all who come into contact with children and young people.
- Adopting a procedure for dealing with concerns about possible abuse.
- Encouraging and supporting parents/carers.
- Supporting those affected by abuse.
- Maintaining good links with the statutory childcare authorities and other organisations.
When children and young people come to our church family and join in with any of our groups or activities, this automatically places us as a church in a position of responsibility. Their parents/carers entrust them to our care and we must do all in our power to ensure that they are provided with a safe and secure environment, in every sense possible.