Safeguarding

UNION STREET UNITED REFORMED CHURCH OLDHAM

POLICY FOR SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN(CHILD PROTECTION)

The aim of this policy is to ensure that all Ministers, Elders, Group Leaders and Members are aware of and able to access and follow the Manchester Safeguarding Children Board, Child Protection Procedures. Up to date procedures are available online at www.gmsafeguardingchildren.co.uk

All Ministers are required to undertake basic awareness training.

A copy of the current URC Denominational Guidelines for safeguarding children is attached to this policy.

Oldham has a Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) Tel. No. 0161 770 7777.

Oldham MASH – Children and families with children – child.mash@oldham.gov.uk

Outline of Responsibility

In the event of anyone having concerns that a child or young person is at risk or has suffered significant harm, the Minister, Church Secretary or Junior Church Leader must be informed.

These key personnel have a responsibility to ensure that MSCB procedures are followed and should undertake any necessary liaison with the Safeguarding Board.

If for any reason none of the above can be contacted and an individual believes that a child or young person is at risk of immediate harm, then the police should be contacted by dialling 999.

Policy Monitoring and Review

Policy to be reviewed every 3 years or when legislation requires (whichever is sooner).

The Minister will review this policy every year and confirm its implementation.

Related Policy

United Reformed Church Denominational Guidelines

Policy Authorisation This policy was authorised by the Elders Meeting which was held 9th May 2019

Signatures

Minister  D S Ireland

Church Secretary  W A Clamp

UNION STREET UNITED REFORMED CHURCH OLDHAM

POLICY FOR SAFEGUARDING ADULTS

The aim of this policy is to ensure that all Ministers, Elders, Group Leaders and Members are aware of and able to access and follow the Manchester Safeguarding Adults Board Procedures and Guidance.

Up to date procedures are available online at www.manchestersafeguardingpartnership.co.uk

All Ministers are required to undertake basic awareness training.

A copy of the current URC Denominational Guidelines is attached to this policy.

Outline of Responsibility

In the event of anyone having concerns that an adult is being abused the Minister or Church Secretary or an Elder must be informed.

These key personnel have a responsibility to ensure that the Local Authority procedures are followed and undertake any liaison with the Manchester Safeguarding Adults Team and should undertake any necessary liaison with the Safeguarding Board.

Oldham has a Safeguarding Adults Board (ref should first be made to the Manchester Safeguarding Board). Tel No. 0161 770 7777 adult.mash@oldham.gov.uk.

Policy Monitoring and Review

Policy to be reviewed every 3 years or when legislation requires (whichever is sooner).

The Minister will review this policy every year and confirm its implementation.

Related Policy United Reformed Church Denominational Guidelines.

Policy Authorisation This policy was authorised by the Elders Meeting which was held on 9th May 2019

Signatures

Minister D S Ireland

Church Secretary W A Clamp

UNION STREET UNITED REFORMED CHURCH

OLDHAM PROCEDURE – SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN & ADULTS AT RISK

Union Street URC is required to follow the procedures laid down by the Greater Manchester Safeguarding Partnership of which Oldham is a member.

The partnership procedures are updated regularly and can be found at www.gmsafeguardingchildren.co.uk and www.manchestersafeguardingpartnership.co.uk (adults).

Procedures should be viewed online as they are updated regularly (hard copies are only valid for 72 hours).

The following is a brief guide to good practice.

Everyone has the right to equal protection from all types of abuse regardless of age, disability, gender, ethnic or cultural background, religious belief or sexual orientation.

Harm can happen to children and adults in a variety of ways: • Accident • Bullying • Misguided actions • Deliberate actions • Acts of omission

Types of abuse:

• Physical Abuse – hitting, shaking, burning, scalding or causing some physical harm.

• Emotional Abuse – persistent or emotional ill treatment, seeing or hearing abuse of another person causing severe and persistent adverse effects.

• Sexual Abuse – forcing or encouraging a child, or adult to take part or observe/watch sexual activities.

• Neglect – persistent failure to meet a child or adults emotional, physical and/or psychological needs.

1) If you have concerns relating to the welfare of a child or adult who is associated with Union Street Church either at church or in their home life speak to their parent or guardian (if appropriate). (warning signs may be bruising, lack of food, tiredness)

2) If you observe inappropriate behaviour (too rough, bad language) correct it with the child (or their parent) or the adult involved.

3) Discuss your concerns with the Minister or an Elder.

4) You will be advised on appropriate procedures for reporting.

5) The Minister or Elder should direct you to the Safeguarding Partnership if advice is needed.

6) If serious and no-one is available, and the child/person has been assaulted or in danger:

Contact the Police immediately and then speak to the Minister or an Elder

Remember: Even though you have reported your concern you retain a moral obligation to ensure that the correct procedures are followed.

If a child makes an allegation

1) Allow the child to say what has happened.

2) Make a clear accurate record and use the child’s own words.

3) Do not make promises that you cannot keep (i.e. ‘this is just between you and me).

This advice is used in conjunction with the URC safeguarding guide, ‘Good Practice 4’ and the Greater Manchester Safeguarding Partnership