The trustees of WEBA care about the safeguarding of everyone who comes into contact with churches in membership with the Association, particularly children, young people and vulnerable adults.
The trustees recognise that they have no power to enforce good practice in safeguarding upon member churches and nor can they accept any responsibility for safeguarding in churches as this is the responsibility of the leaders of each local church.
However, the trustees of WEBA actively encourage each Baptist church in membership to take safeguarding seriously, ensuring that the children, young people and vulnerable adults it is in contact with are kept safe from harm.
The trustees expect each church to have a robust safeguarding policy in place and to act in line with that policy. To this end, the trustees publish model policies on their website and signpost churches to organisations from which they can receive support.
The trustees themselves are following the Baptist Together safe guarding policies and guidelines. THE Baptist Together website provides up to date safeguarding policies and guidelines which WEBA would commend to all churches within the association. The trustees has enabled a network of safeguarding trainers who are able to provide training for level 2 and level 3 training for churches within the association. The delivery of safeguarding training at appropriate levels around the Association is over seen by the Regional Minister for oversight of Safeguarding, reporting directly to the trustees.
Trustees and staff are subject to the DBS checks appropriate for their role and are expected to undertake safeguarding training to at least level 2.
The trustees of WEBA undertake to exercise proper care in the selection and appointment of any paid or volunteer staff working with children, young people or vulnerable adults, for example at Association events. This includes ensuring that DBS checks are undertaken at an appropriate level.
WEBA’s designated trustee for Safeguarding is Revd. Stephen Finamore.
Leaders in local churches are responsible for:
Adopted by the Trustees …… November 2016.
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