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Safeguarding Children

Grace Church Milton Keynes Web Site Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection Statement

Grace Church Milton Keynes 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 (CCPAS).

Grace Church Milton Keynes 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 Grace Church Milton Keynes Safeguarding Policy

The Safeguarding Policy may be viewed and/or a copy obtained from the office at:
Office 5, 11 Winchester Circle, Kingston, MK10 0AB.

As part of Grace Church’s commitment to children, young people and vulnerable adults it has appointed Jonathan Kempster as Safeguarding Co-ordinator and Claudia Bell as Deputy Safeguarding Co-ordinator.  All the children, young people and vulnerable adults involved in activities within the church know who they are and how they can be contacted.

Should Grace Church Milton Keynes have any safeguarding concerns it will seek the advice of CCPAS and, if appropriate, contact the statutory authorities.

Further details about safeguarding policies, training and the Disclosure Service can be obtained from the Churches Child Protection Advisory Service, P O Box 133, Swanley, Kent, BR8 7UQ.  Telephone: 0845 120 4550.  Email: info@ccpas.co.uk  Web: www.ccpas.co.uk

Grace Church Milton Keynes Safeguarding Statement

This place of worship 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 the personal dignity and particular needs of vulnerable adults and will ensure all our policies and procedures will reflect this.
  • We believe that all adults should enjoy and have access to the full life of Grace Church.
  • We undertake to exercise proper care in the appointment and selection of those who work with children and vulnerable adults.
  • We believe that 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, all workers will work within the agreed procedure of our Safeguarding Policy,
  • implementing the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Acts 1995 & 2005. Also Children’s Act 1989 & 2004 and any 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 Grace Church Milton Keynes,
  • supporting all in the church 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 should 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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