Safeguarding
Safeguarding

Safeguarding Children and Young People

Children and young people are an important part of our church today. FBC is determined to protect all the children and young people who attend the church for whatever reason.

It is the responsibility of each church member to protect our children, however there is a permanent team of four people who ensure that the Baptist Union Safe to Grow guidelines are adhered to by all groups who meet in our building. This policy is based on current government guidelines for the protection of children and young people.  (See link below to download a copy.)


All adult helpers with children's activities must undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check and be cleared to work with children. All leaders and helpers are trained, supported and encouraged to behave in an exemplary fashion in all dealings with children and young people.

Marilyn and Andy Johnson are the appointed Designated Persons for Safeguarding Children and Young People.  Please contact them if you have any questions about safeguarding children in general or if you have any concerns for a child or young person. They can be contacted by e-mailing safeguardingchildren@fbc.org.uk.  If they are unavailable, please contact Duncan Matheson (Deacon for Safeguarding).  Our Safeguarding Administrator, Michèle Hackney, is responsible for all Disclosure and Barring Service checks and other safeguarding administration. She can be contacted by e-mailing office@fbc.org.uk.


Although any matter will be treated in confidence, should the church have any child protection concerns, it will seek the advice of the Churches' Child Protection Advisory Service and, if appropriate, contact the statutory authorities.


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Safeguarding Adults

Some of the adults attending our church may be 'at risk - ie any adult aged 18 or over who, due to disability, mental function, age, illness or traumatic circumstances, may not be able to take care of or protect themselves against the risk of significant harm, abuse, bullying, harassment, mistreatment or exploitation. FBC is determined to protect everyone who attends the church for whatever reason.

Although it is the responsibility of each church member, there is a permanent team of four people who ensure that the Baptist Union safeguarding policy for adults at risk Safe to Belong guidelines are adhered to by all groups who meet in our building.  This policy is based on current government guidelines for the protection of adults at risk.  (See link below to download a copy.)

Helpers in activities working with adults at risk must be safely recruited and complete Disclosure and Barring service checks when engaging in regulated activities.  All leaders and helpers are trained, supported and encouraged to behave in an exemplary fashion in all dealings with adults at risk.

Tina and Susan are the appointed Designated Persons for Safeguarding Adults at Risk.  Please contact them if you have any questions about safeguarding in general or if you have anyspecific concerns for an adult who may be at risk. They can be contacted by e-mailing safeguardingadults@fbc.org.uk.  If they are unavailable, please contact Duncan Matheson (Deacon for Safeguarding).  Our Safeguarding Administrator, Michèle Hackney, is responsible for all Disclosure and Barring Service checks and other safeguarding administration. She can be contacted by e-mailing office@fbc.org.uk.

Although all matters will be treated in confidence, should the church have any safeguarding concerns, it will seek the advice of the Churches' Agency for Safeguarding and, if appropriate, contact the statutory authorities.


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