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Child Protection Policy Statement

Meadow Way Chapel regards child protection and good working practice as a priority. In the interests of the safety and well being of all children and young people, it has developed and operates a formal child protection policy, which is registered with the Churches' Child Protection Advisory Service.

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

  • Have undergone a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check at enhanced level.

  • Are adequately trained and supervised.
  • Understand and follow the church's child protection policy.

List of Approved Youth & Children's Leaders

Appointment of workers Procedure

Note! Since 12 October 2009 it is now a criminal offence for individuals (all our children and youth workers) barred by the DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) to work or apply to work with children or vulnerable adults. Also employers (that includes church group leaders) also face criminal sanctions for knowingly employing a barred individual. How do we know our workers are not a barred individual? By getting a DBS disclosure form (step 6) for them completed. By the way we need to go through steps 1 to 5 first.

Note! We can now offer DBS's to be completed over the internet.

We also have a duty to refer to the DBS, information about individuals working with children or vulnerable adults where they consider them to have caused harm or pose a risk of harm. Referral forms and referral guidance are available from the DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) web site.

A major review and update of our child protection policy is now complete and the latest issue is now available and can be downloaded here.

The child protection policy may be viewed and/or a copy obtained from the church office at Meadow Way Chapel, Chapel Court, Hellesdon, Norwich, NR6 5NU.

As part of this church's commitment to children and young people it has appointed George Herbert as Child Protection Co-ordinator and Irene Struthers as Deputy Child Protection Co-ordinator. All the leaders, children and young people involved in activities within the church know who they are and how they can be contacted.

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.

Meadow Way Chapel:

  • Recognises that child protection is everyone's responsibility.

  • Is committed to supporting parents and families.
  • Recognises the unique and individual worth of each child.
  • Is committed to nurturing, protecting and safeguarding children and young people.
  • Exercises care in the appointment of all those working with children and young people in the church, working to 'Safe from Harm' principles.
  • Is committed to following statutory, denominational (if relevant) and specialist guidelines in working with children and young people.
  • Seeks to support all those affected by abuse.
  • Is committed to supporting, training and resourcing those who work with children and young people and provide regular supervision.
  • Is committed to the management and supervision of known offenders in the church.
  • Will review its child protection policy annually and register it with CCPAS.

If you have any concerns for a child or in relation to any child protection matter then please speak to one of the Child Protection Co-ordinators.

Further details about child protection policies, training in child protection, the Disclosure and Barring Service and the quality assurance review 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

© 2004 Churches' Child Protection Advisory Service