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Safeguarding Policy Statement for Totteridge Baptist Church

Totteridge Baptist Church (referred to as ‘the church’ in the Policy Statement)

Our vision

The vision statement of the church is to actively encourage followers of Christ to grow and live out the life and love of God relevantly in our community.
In fulfilling this vision, we:

  • Welcome children and adults at risk into the life of our community
  • When required run activities for children and adults at risk
  • Make our premises available to organisations working with children and adults at risk 

Our safeguarding responsibilities

The church recognises its responsibilities in safeguarding all children, young people and adults at risk, regardless of gender, ethnicity or ability.
As members of this church, we commit ourselves to the nurturing, protection and safekeeping of all associated with the church and will pray for them regularly. In pursuit of this, we commit ourselves to this policy and to the development of sound procedures to ensure we implement our policy well.

Prevention and reporting of abuse

It is the duty of each church member to help prevent the abuse of children and adults at risk, and the duty of each church member to respond to concerns about the well-being of children and adults at risk. Any abuse disclosed, discovered or suspected will be reported in accordance with our procedures. The church will fully co-operate with any statutory investigation into any suspected abuse linked with the church.

Safer recruitment, support and supervision of workers

The church will exercise proper care in the selection and appointment of those working with children and adults at risk, whether paid or voluntary. All workers will be provided with appropriate training, support and supervision to promote the safekeeping of children and adults at risk.

Respecting children and adults at risk

The church will adopt a code of behaviour for all who are appointed to work with children and adults at risk so that all children and adults at risk are shown the respect that is due to them.

Safer working practices

The church is committed to providing an environment that is as safe as possible for children and adults at risk and will adopt ways of working with them that promote their safety and well-being.

A safer community

The church is committed to the prevention of bullying. The church will seek to ensure that the behaviour of any individuals who may pose a risk to children, young people and adults at risk in the community of the church is managed appropriately.

Safeguarding contact points within our church

The church has appointed the following individuals to form part of the church safeguarding team:
 
DESIGNATED PERSON FOR SAFEGUARDING
PAULINE CLUER

She will advise the church of any matters related to the safeguarding of children and adults at risk and take the appropriate action when abuse is disclosed, discover or suspected.
Phone number: 07824 638506   Email address: cluerp@hotmail.com
 
SAFEGUARDING TRUSTEE
Will raise the profile of safeguarding within the church and oversee and monitor the implementation of the safeguarding policy and procedures on behalf of the church trustees.
Email address: totteridgebc.secretary@gmail.com
 
Where possible, the Church Safeguarding Team will work together if and when issues arise. However, each person has a responsibility to report allegations of abuse as soon as they are raised.
Further definitions of these roles can be found in the Baptist Union publications ‘Safe to Grow’ (2011) & ‘Safe to Belong’ (2015).

Putting our policy into practice
  • A copy of the safeguarding policy statement will be displayed permanently on the church noticeboard and church office and is available on our church website.
  • Each worker with children and/or adults at risk will be given a full copy of the safeguarding policy and procedures and will be asked to sign to confirm that they will follow them.
  • A full copy of the policy and procedures will be made available on request to any member of, or other person associated with the church.
  • The policy and procedures will be monitored and reviewed annually, and any necessary revisions adopted into the policy and implemented through our procedures.
  • The policy statement will be read annually at the church AGM, together with a report on the outcome of the annual safeguarding review. 

Reviewed 19th February 2021
 
 

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Hello and welcome to our church. If you are a new visitor, we have a page for you to get to know us and learn more about planning a visit.
Click here to see more.

Planning your Visit

Welcome

The following information is specifically for those new to us.  We hope it gives you an idea of the kind of people we are, and what to expect from us when you visit.

Who are we?

We are a Baptist church affiliated to the Baptist Union of Great Britain and we welcome anyone to come and worship with us and be part of our community.  More information on what we believe can be found on the About Us part of the site.

How to find us

Visit our Contact Us page for details

Accessibility: Access to our site is up a steep concrete drive, and we have a shallow ramp to access to our main building from the car park.  Our disabled toilet is also in this main building.  We don't have pews, so can easily move chairs to accommodate space for a mobility scooter or a wheelchair next to a carer.  Please let us know in advance if you need us to reserve space for disabled parking.

Our activities


Sunday Services

We meet in the main church building for our Sunday Service starting at 10:30am.  We extend a warm welcome to you if you want to join us.  More information about our Sunday worship, and what to expect, can be found here.

Midweek Meetings

These are an important part of our church life.  We host several midweek bible study and fellowship groups, and a monthly prayer meeting on the first Saturday of each month.  More details can be found on the Small Groups and Prayer Meeting pages
 
Socials

We usually have an active social programme, posted on Facebook.  Do keep an eye open for it once we are able to meet together again without restrictions.
 
Other Ministries

We also support organisations in our town, sometimes through volunteering and sometimes through prayer and donations:

  • Wycombe Youth for Christ
  • Wycombe Homeless Connection and Night Shelter
  • Lighthouse
  • Love Wycombe
Please contact us for further information.