Safeguarding at Immanuel
Safeguarding contact details
If you have questions or wish to discuss a safeguarding matter, please contact:
Immanuel's contact: our Safeguarding Lead
Ankie Saunders - firstname.lastname@example.org or 01277 227 163.
A national safeguarding advice service:
Thirtyone:Eight - helpline 0303 003 11 11.
Immanuel Church Brentwood is committed to the safeguarding of all children and adults, particularly those with care and support needs, and ensuring their well-being.
We recognise that we all have a responsibility to help prevent the physical, sexual, psychological, financial and discriminatory abuse and neglect of adults at risk of harm and abuse and to report any such abuse that we discover or suspect.
We recognise the personal dignity and rights of adults and will ensure all our policies and procedures will reflect this.
We undertake to exercise proper care in the appointment and selection of those who will work with children and adults with care and support needs.
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 experiencing significant harm.
We are committed to:
Following statutory denominational and specialist guidelines in relation to safeguarding children and adults and will ensure that Immanuel Church Brentwood will work within the agreed procedure of our safeguarding policy. (Full details of our policy are available on Sundays or can be obtained from our Safeguarding Lead.)
Implementing the requirements of all relevant legislation.
Supporting, resourcing and training those who undertake this work.
Ensuring that we are keeping up to date with national and local developments relating to safeguarding.
Ensuring that everyone agrees to abide by these recommendations and the guidelines established by Immanuel Church Brentwood.
Supporting those affected by abuse.
Children’s Social Services has lead responsibility for investigating all allegations or suspicions of abuse where there are concerns about a child. Adult Social Care has 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.
Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.
We will review this statement and our policy annually (before our AGM).
Revd Andrew Grey
(Senior minister and teaching elder)