Leadership Safeguarding Statement
Neil and Kate Woodward, the Senior Leaders (the Leadership), recognise the importance of SW London Vineyard’s ministry/work with Children* and Youth* and Vulnerable Adults** in need of protection and the church’s responsibility to protect everyone entrusted to its care.
The following statement was agreed by the Trustees and Leadership on: 22 December 2019
This church 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, emotional abuse and neglect of Children and Youth (those under 18 years of age) and to report any such abuse that we discover or suspect.
● We believe 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.
● All Children and Youth have the right to be treated with respect, to be listened to and to be protected from all forms of abuse.
● 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 rights of Vulnerable Adults and will ensure all our policies and procedures reflect this.
● We believe all adults should enjoy and have access to every aspect of the life of the church, unless they pose a risk to the safety of those we serve.
● We undertake to exercise proper care in the appointment and selection of all those who will work with Children and Vulnerable Adults.
We are committed to:
● Following the requirements for UK legislation in relation to safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults and good practice recommendations.
● Respecting the rights of Children as described in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
● Implementing the requirements of legislation in regard to people with disabilities.
● Ensuring that workers adhere to the agreed procedures of our safeguarding policy.
● Keeping up to date with national and local developments relating to safeguarding.
● Following any denominational or organisational guidelines in relation to safeguarding Children, Youth and Vulnerable Adults in need of protection.
● Supporting the safeguarding co-ordinators in their work and in any action they may need to take in order to protect Children, Youth and Vulnerable Adults.
● Ensuring that everyone agrees to abide by these recommendations and the guidelines established by this church.
● Supporting parents and families.
● Nurturing, protecting and safeguarding of Children and Youth.
● Supporting, resourcing, training, monitoring and providing supervision to all those who undertake this work.
● Supporting all in the church affected by abuse.
● Children’s Social Services (or equivalent) has lead responsibility for investigating all allegations or suspicions of abuse where there are concerns about a Child. Adult Social Care (or equivalent) 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 and procedures annually.
If you have any concerns for a Child or Vulnerable Adult then speak to one of the following who have been approved as safeguarding co-ordinators for this church.
Manny Garcia, Child Safeguarding Coordinator (020 8785 9530)
Sinead Garcia, Deputy Child Safeguarding Coordinator (020 8785 9530)
Mike Lister, Adult Safeguarding Coordinator (020 8785 9530)
A copy of the full policy and procedures is available from the church office.
Signed by Neil Woodward, Senior Leader and Chair of Trustees:
The legal definition of a Child is someone under the age of 18 according to The Children Act 1989.
For the purposes of this safeguarding policy, we will use the definition Vulnerable Adult for an adult to which local authority safeguarding duties apply in the Care Act 2014: a person who is 18 years old and over and:
● is experiencing, or at risk of, abuse or neglect; and
● has need for care and support (whether or not the local authority is meeting any of those needs) and
● as a result of those care and support needs is unable to protect themselves from either the risk of, or the experience of abuse or neglect.
The legal definition of a Child is someone under the age of 18 according to The Children Act 1989. For the purposes of this safeguarding policy, we will use the definition Youth for a Child or Children between the ages of 11 - 18 years old.