Safeguarding: being a safe church

Quick guide

We want acnbchurch to be a safe place for everyone. Safeguarding people is at the forefront of our minds because it is the right thing to do and because the law requires it. Abuse or cruel treatment should never happen here. Church is meant to be somewhere you can come and be safe. All the activities and services should have a suitable adult leader who has completed relevant safeguarding training you can talk to.

If you have been hurt by someone or something that happened here that is wrong. We want to put a full stop to it if there are bad things happening. By law we can’t keep some things you tell us secret. We will tell you what we are going to do and help you as much as possible.

Our buildings are used by other people and groups as well. When other groups are running activities we want those to be safe too. If you don’t know who to talk to or how to get help safely follow the advice below. We will help untangle things.

Getting help or raising a concern

There are three different ways to contact people who can help. 

Emergencies

I am worried there is a very bad or urgent problem, including a child or vulnerable adult being actively abused or neglected. Historic issues can also become urgent.

If you think someone here is at serious risk the right thing to do is to seek help from the emergency services. Ring 999

Ways to tell people in church

Two ways to let our church know about a concern or problem

If it is less urgent you can ring this special number for our church 07935 023 800. The person who answers will be someone who is not a leader or on the church council.

If you prefer you can talk to the special team at the regional church: called the ‘Diocese of Winchester’ who looks after what the law calls ‘safeguarding’. 01962 737317. If it is in the evening or night you need to ring 0300 555 1373 where a team will help you.

Other ways to get help and advice

There are lots of organisations outside the church who can help. There are two listed below.

If you don’t want to talk to anyone connected to the church at all then Childline (0800 11 11) and NSPCC (0808 800 5000) are both available all day and night.

In more formal language

We have a duty of care to every child or vulnerable adult who comes into contact with @acnbchurch. This includes taking the necessary steps to safeguard them and promote their welfare. We are concious that abuse takes many forms and can occur in all parts of our society and population. We work to ensure safeguarding is a golden thread throughout our activities.

If you have concerns please follow the advice in the Getting help or advice section of this page.

Making @acnbchurch a place which is safe for children and vulnerable adults is an embedded part of our concern for respecting human dignity, caring for the oppressed and marginalised. We regularly review all our activities regarding safeguarding in light of developments in law, regulations from within the church and best practice from across the charitable sector.

In accordance with best practices all our staff and volunteers who have contact with vulnerable adults or children are subject to enhanced DBS checks (what used to be called ‘police checks’) to investigate their past history. However this is only one part of our work in ensuring that we safeguard children and adults who enjoy participating in @acnbchurch worship and activities.

@acnbchurch we take any expressions of concern about safeguarding exceptionally seriously. Any ‘disclosure’, allegation or concern will be referred to the Diocesan Safeguarding team. Beyond that we have very low threshold for seeking advice from the Diocesan safeguarding team. We have a set of safeguarding procedures, policies and guidance for all of our volunteers, clergy, ministers, staff that ensures clear, robust action can be taken when required. These are immediately available on request.

More resources and pointers

Resources from the Diocese of Winchester and the wider Church of England

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