The following statement was agreed by NLCF-Beccles Leadership on: 1st May 2018
We will review this statement and our policy and procedures annually (July / August).
New Life Christian Fellowship – Beccles, recognises the need to provide a safe and caring environment and is committed to the safeguarding of children and adults with care and support needs. We believe that they have a right to be protected from all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, negligent treatment or exploitation and sexual abuse. As a Leadership we have adopted the procedures set out in this safeguarding policy in accordance with statutory guidance and good practice. We are committed to building constructive links with statutory and voluntary agencies involved in safeguarding.
We undertake to exercise proper care in the appointment and selection of all those who will work with children and with adults with care and support needs. Within our church we are committed to creating a healthy culture, free from coercion and control, where the value of all people is recognised and where challenges are responded to appropriately.
Children and young people
· We recognise that we all have a responsibility to help prevent the physical, sexual, emotional abuse, radicalisation and neglect of children and young people (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 young people have the right to be treated with respect, to be listened to and to be protected from all forms of abuse.
Adults who have care and support needs
· We recognise that we all have a responsibility to help prevent the physical, sexual, psychological, financial and discriminatory abuse and neglect of adults who have care and support needs and to report any such abuse that we discover or suspect.
· We recognise the personal dignity and rights of adults who find themselves subject to forced marriage or modern slavery 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 New Life Christian Fellowship – Beccles, unless they pose a risk to the safety of those we serve.
NLCF Leadership undertakes to:
· Endorse and follow all national and local safeguarding legislation and procedures, including international conventions.
· Keep up to date with national and local developments relating to safeguarding.
· Support the safeguarding co-ordinators in their work and in any action they may need to take in order to protect children or adults with care and support needs.
· Provide supervision, support, resources, training, and monitoring to all those who undertake this work.
· Ensure everyone agrees to abide by these recommendations and that all workers adhere to the agreed procedures of our safeguarding policy.
· Provide on-going safeguarding training for all our workers and to regularly review the operational guidelines of the policy.
· Ensure that the premises are welcoming and inclusive; that they meet the requirements of legislation in regard to people with disabilities and to protect people, as far as these are known to us, and as far as possible, from all forms of discrimination as set out in the Equality Act 2010.
· Support parents and families
· Support anyone in our church affected by abuse
· Adopt and follow the ‘Safe and Secure’ safeguarding standards developed by the Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service (CCPAS).
· The Leadership agrees to not allow this document to be copied by other organisations due to copyright laws.
We recognise that:
· Children’s Social Services has the lead responsibility for investigating all allegations or suspicions of abuse where there are concerns about a child.
· Adult Social Care has the lead responsibility for investigating all allegations or suspicions of abuse where there are concerns about an adult with care and support needs.
· Where an allegation suggests that a criminal offence may have been committed then the police should be contacted as a matter of urgency.
· Where working outside of the UK, concerns will be reported to the appropriate agencies in the country in which we operate, and their procedures followed, and in addition we will report concerns to our agency’s headquarters.
· Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.
If anyone has any concerns for a child or adult with care and support needs, then they should speak to one of the following people who have been approved as safeguarding co-ordinators for New Life Christian Fellowship – Beccles.
Safeguarding Coordinator (Children and young people)
Safeguarding Coordinator (Adults)
Deputy Safeguarding Coordinator
A copy of the full policy and procedures is available from our Safeguarding Coordinators.
Signed by the leadership team
 UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant of Human Rights, states that everyone is entitled to “all the rights and freedoms set forth therein, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status”. The Convention on the Rights of the Child states that children should be able to develop their full potential, free from hunger and want, neglect and abuse.