Child Protection

The Officers and the Church takes its teaching and guidence from the scripture and fully supports the protection and welfare of both children and adults alike and wishes to provide a safe and open envirnoment for all to meet, worship, learn and have fellowship.

Eastbourne Evangelical Free Church Child and Adult Protection Statement

Eastbourne Evangelical Free Church (EEFC) regards the protection and safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults and good working practice as a priority. In the interests of the safety and well being of all it has developed and operates a formal safeguarding policy, which is registered with the Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service.

EEFC is committed to ensuring that everyone working with children or young people:

● has been safely recruited,

● is adequately trained and supervised,

● understands and follows the place of worship/organisations safeguarding policy.

The safeguarding policy may be viewed by contacting the leaders at EEFC.

As part of this place of worship’s/organisation’s commitment to children, young people and vulnerable adults it has appointed Pastor Timothy Burden as Safeguarding Co-ordinator. All the children and young people and vulnerable adults involved in activities within the church know who they are and how they can be contacted.

Should EEFC have any safeguarding concerns it will seek the advice of the Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service and if appropriate contact the statutory authorities.

EEFC:

• Is committed to the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults and ensuring their well-being.

• We recognise that we all have a responsibility to help prevent the physical, sexual, psychological, financial and discriminatory abuse and neglect of vulnerable adults and to report any such abuse that we discover or suspect.

• We recognise that the personal dignity and rights of vulnerable adults and will ensure all our policies and procedures will reflect this.

• We believe all adults should enjoy and have access to every relevant aspect of our church life.

• We undertake to exercise proper care in the appointment and selection of those who will work with children and vulnerable adults.

• We believe every child should be valued, safe and happy. We want to make sure that children we have contact with know this and are empowered to tell us if they are suffering harm.

We are committed to:

• Following statutory and specialist guidelines in relation to safeguarding children and adults and will ensure that as a place of worship/organisation all workers will work within the agreed procedure of our safeguarding policy.

• Implementing the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Acts 1995 and 2005 and all other relevant legislation.

• Supporting, resourcing and training those who undertake this work.

• Ensuring that we are keeping up to date with national and local developments relating to safeguarding.

• Ensuring that everyone agrees to abide by these recommendations and the guidelines established by this place of worship/organisation.

• Supporting all at EEFC affected by abuse.

We recognise:

• Children’s Social Services has lead responsibility for investigating all allegations or suspicions of abuse where there are concerns about a child. Adult Social Care has lead responsibility for investigating all allegations or suspicions of abuse where there are concerns about a vulnerable adult.

• Where an allegation suggests that a criminal offence may have been committed then the Police would be contacted as a matter of urgency.

• Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.

We will review this statement and our policy annually.

If you have any concerns for a child or vulnerable adult or in relation to any safeguarding matter then please speak to one of the Safeguarding Co-ordinators.

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