Safeguarding (sometimes called child protection) is a word that means keeping people safe. It is something we take very seriously as we have a legal responsibility to ensure everyone we have contact with is free from harm.
As a church, we have a Safeguarding Policy (a statement of what we aim to do), a Safeguarding Procedure (a document explaining how we will do things if we believe someone is at risk of harm), and a Code of Conduct (what we expect from everyone working with us). In addition we have other relevant documents including Anti-bullying and Participation policies.
We are also committed to good practice and completed the SQP Gold Award in July 2013. SQP is a quality assurance self assessment programme for voluntary and community (VCS) organisations working with children and young people. The award gives people the confidence to know that we have been externally evaluated and have a good standard of care.
Documents available to download:
- ACC Safeguarding Children Policy – September 2016 (PDF)
Who to contact
If you have concerns over the wellbeing of a child involved with Arun Community Church, please contact Jon Jolly at the church office or on 07713 639690. If the matter is urgent and serious, then please consider contacting the Social & Caring Services Children’s Access Point on 01403 229900, or alternatively the Police on 999.
If you are a child or young person, talk to one of the ACCelerate team at the activities you attend. They are there to support you. If you are looking for immediate advice or support, contact ChildLine via their website or on 0800 1111.