East Cleveland Baptist Church is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for all who wish to come together to worship and serve the Lord. We take seriously the nurturing, protection and safeguarding of all children, young people and vulnerable adults who are associated with the church and will pray for them regularly.
Jan Turner – Jan is our ‘Safe to Grow’ officer (Adults) contact no. 07806781943
Pat Sivewright – Pat is our ‘Safe to Grow’ officer (Children) contact no. 07873327890
Children and Young People at ECBC
ECBC recognises its responsibilities for the safeguarding of all children and young people under the age of 18 (regardless of gender, ethnicity or ability).
There is a clear procedure and processes in place to enable all to carry out their duties within the church in a responsible and safe manner. More information about the policy and the procedures that are followed are set out in our church Child Protection Policy – Safe to Grow. (ECBC Safe To Grow Policy)
We are guided in our policy and actions by the Baptist Union of Great Britain (BUGB) and have support from the BUGB Local Association and National Safeguarding Team. We accept that we have a duty and responsibility to ensure that we work with other agencies and organisations to ensure the safety of children as set out in Government guidance “Working_Together_to_Safeguard_Children”
Parents/Carers of children who attend clubs or activities at ECBC will be asked to complete a consent form for their children.
All those working with children either in a paid role or as volunteers, are subject to clearance through the Disclosure and Barring Service.
Adults at Risk at ECBC
We all have the same rights and expectations to independence, respect, choice, fulfilment of our ambitions, to be heard, included, and to have privacy and confidentiality. These expectations are central to the way in which we interact with each other in our life together. Safeguarding involves a range of activities aimed at promoting the individual’s fundamental right to be safe. These include making and maintaining safe environments for all, having processes to follow should something go wrong, and support for everyone involved.
Each and every person is fearfully and wonderfully made, knitted together in their mother’s womb, and loved by God who knows everything about them (Psalm 139). All are precious and have worth to God. In response to this the church strives to be a place of welcome, inclusion and care for all – no matter their age, abilities, health or history.
Jesus tells us that we are each called to love others and to treat them with the respect, dignity and love that we would want to receive ourselves (Matthew 22: 39). In response to this the church aims to be a place of care, compassion and love – no matter how undignified someone may appear.
ECBC recognises that it is the responsibility of each of us to prevent the physical, emotional, sexual, financial and spiritual abuse of adults at risk and to report any such abuse that we discover or suspect.
There is a clear procedure and processes in place to enable all to carry out this duty within the church in a responsible and safe manner. More information about the policy and the procedures that are followed are set out in our church Adult Protection Policy – ECBC Safe to Belong Policy
More information on safeguarding issues is available through the Baptist Union of Great Britain who have published useful guides on the following topics:
- Cyber Safety
- Understanding Domestic Abuse
- Understanding Self Harm