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Antrim Baptist Church is passionate about teaching children the good news of salvation contained in God’s Word, the Bible, and in light of that to support them to live a life of God honouring discipleship. Along with this we seek to promote the general welfare, health and full development of every child we come in contact with.

We are committed to seeing this happen within a safe environment by safeguarding the welfare of children and by protecting them from physical, sexual and emotional harm.

Adults selected to work within youth ministries should be secure in the knowledge that they have the full support of the Office Bearers.

1. Leadership

The Office Bearers believe that the selection procedures outlined in the Safeguarding Policy (Section 2) greatly assist the assessment of a person’s suitability to work with children and young people. As a result of implementing such procedures, leaders and helpers within the church will be more assured of their position and of the confidence placed in them by the Office Bearers. The procedures outlined in the Safeguarding Policy must be followed for the appointment of leaders/helpers who will be 18 years or over.

2. Training

Leaders and helpers who work with children and young people should attend a safeguarding refreshers course at least every three years.

3. Reporting of Concerns

The leaders in each of our organisations will be fully conversant with the reporting procedure where there is concern about the welfare of a child. Leaders must not hesitate to report a concern about a child if they are at any time concerned about their welfare.

4. Designated Person(s)

The Office Bearers have appointed:

Grace Luke – Designated Person ( 07929 750872 )

Lex McVicker (elder) - Committee member (07714 139268 )

Tracy Ellison - Committee member (07522 136048 )

Ruth Thompson - Committee member (07432 713990)

They will provide consultation, advice and support to organisations and to the Office Bearers on matters concerning the welfare of children and young people. The Office Bearers will keep organisational leaders updated with the name of the Designated Person(s). Any matter brought to the attention of the Designated Person will be treated in strict confidence. Information will be divulged only where there is a legitimate need to know.

5. Parental Consent Forms

Organisational leaders must ensure that they have home contact numbers, parental consent and medical information regarding the children in the organisation which they are working with. Special consent forms will be issued for any ‘off the premises’ activity and residential programmes.

6. Good standards of Practice.

Each organisation will be expected to comply with the good standards of practice outlined in the Safeguarding Policy. This includes: physical contact, recommended ratios, transport, residential programmes and outings, church sleepovers, photographs and working with children who have special needs.

7. Technology

Leaders should limit the direct Internet and mobile communication they have with individual children and young people in the organisation of which they are leaders. Leaders will operate under the standards outlined in the Safeguarding Policy in order to protect both young people and themselves.

8. Health and Safety

The Office Bearers expect organisations to adhere to the guidance on safety matters outlined in the Antrim Baptist Church Health and Safety Policy. Leaders will be informed of fire and first aid procedures.

9. Implementation and Review

The Office Bearers are responsible for overseeing the implementation of this policy, and will review it every three years with the leaders in charge of youth organisations.

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