The elders and members of Bellevue Chapel are committed to caring for the spiritual, emotional and physical well being of each other. We seek to safeguard the welfare of all people, regardless of age or ability, who come into contact with our church and its ministries. We recognise the privilege and the responsibility involved in reaching out to children to teach them the message of the Christian faith. We believe that care and protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults is the responsibility of every individual within the church.
PROTECTION OF CHILDREN AND ADULTS POLICY STATEMENT
The following statement was agreed by the leadership on: Dec 2023
- Bellevue Chapel is committed to the safeguarding of children and adults with care and support needs and ensuring their well-being.
- We recognise that we all have a responsibility to help prevent harm or Abuse to children and adults with care and support needs in all their recognised forms.
- We recognise that the personal dignity and rights of adults and children and will ensure all our policies and procedures will reflect this.
- We believe all people should enjoy and have access to every aspect of the life of the place of worship/organisation.
- 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 and adult should be valued, safe and happy. We want to make sure that all those we have contact with know this and are empowered to tell us if they are experiencing significant harm.
We are committed to:
- Following statutory and specialist guidelines in relation to safeguarding children and adults and will ensure that as a church all workers will work within the agreed procedure of our safeguarding policy.
- Implementing the requirements of all relevant legislation including, but not limited to; Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014, Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007, National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland 2014, Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007 and the Code of Practice 2014.
- 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 this church
- Supporting all in Bellevue Chapel 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.
If you have any concerns for a child or adult, then speak to one of the following who have been approved as Safeguarding Committees for Bellevue Chapel.
- George Campbell – Elder
- Ken Knowles – Elder
- Fiona McPhail – Pastoral Care Worker
- Rachel Mair – Youth Ministry Leader
- Julie Paterson – Youth Ministry Leader
- Lucy Haddow – Refugee / Asylum Seeker’s Ministry Leader
A full copy of our Safeguarding Policy is available upon request.