Many Churches have been taking Safeguarding seriously and have been making provision for their ministers and volunteers to participate in the safeguarding training provided by WEBA.
From 1 January 2017, all accredited persons and Nationally Recognised Pastors must undertake the BUGB level 2 and 3 safeguarding training every 4 years, and at least one module per year in the intervening years. This includes those serving as a Moderator or part-time minister.
Baptist charity trustees/deacons/leadership teams are reminded that they have a legal obligation to report any suspicions, allegations or incidents of abuse of vulnerable beneficiaries immediately to the Charity Commission. More information can be found here.
A quick referral guide for WEBA churches responding to concerns is available to download below:
Remember your Regional Minister can help you with your safeguarding practice.
If you require urgent advice you can contact the Thirtyone:eight Helpline (Thirtyone:eight is the new name of CCPAS)
The Baptists Together website contains many resources to help and encourage Baptist churches in their safeguarding, including several publications that can be downloaded for free.
The current titles are:
BUGB Guide to DBS Checks
Safeguarding Contracts FAQ
BUGB Guide to Cyber Safety
BUGB Guide to Understanding Domestic Abuse
Gateway to Level 2 Excellence in Safeguarding
Safe to Grow
BUGB Guide to Understanding Self Harm