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Bradford on Avon Baptist Church



  1. Policy Statement

It is the Policy of the Bradford on Avon Baptist Church (BOABC) that children, young people and adults, while legitimately on the premises and participating in a BOABC organized event, will be subject to the guiding principles of Safeguarding Care as defined in:

  • The Care Act 2014.

  • Health and Social Care Act 2008.

  • Mental Capacity Act 2005.

  • Human Rights Act 1998.

  • Data Protection Act 1998.

  • Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

  • The Equality Act 2010.


2 Implementation Strategy

To implement the BOABC Safeguarding Policy a Church Officer shall be nominated to be the Safeguarding Co-ordinator. The Safeguarding Co-ordinator shall be familiar with the principles of implementing and managing Safeguarding for BOABC. The Safeguarding Co-ordinator shall provide training for a deputy to perform the duty in their absence and for Leaders and Helpers.

  • The Safeguarding Co-ordinator for BOABC is Colin Campbell.

  • The Deputy Safeguarding Co-ordinator is Ian McDonald.


3 Leaders and Helpers

All leaders and helpers engaged in activities with children, young people and adults, must:

  • Be in good standing with the church.

  • Submit a copy of their Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) if one is currently held.

  • Obtain a DBS through application if not held.

  • Take overall responsibility for the group in their charge.

  • Have attended training in delivering Safeguarding Care for BOABC.


The Safeguarding Co-ordinator is to have a current record of signed acceptance by all leaders and helpers of the BOABC Safeguarding document. See Annex. This will be an Agenda Item at the Church Officers’ Meetings.


4 Process

The process of delivering the Safeguarding Policy and protecting children, young people and adults from all kinds of abuse will place special responsibility upon leaders and helpers. Typically:

  • Any group may comprise children, young people and adults and leaders must be alert to the need to protect them from any abuse.

  • Leaders and helpers need to be protected from any wrongful accusation.

  • Consider a risk assessment:

    • A hazard is anything that may cause anybody harm.

    • The risk is the chance, high or low, that somebody could be harmed.




5 Guidelines for Safeguarding

The following are Safeguarding guidelines:

  • Leaders and helpers need to generally guard against actions which might be misunderstood and situations that could render them vulnerable.

  • Avoid private one-to-one situations; do not be alone with children or young people, or an adult of the opposite gender where the activity cannot be seen; in a private counselling situation leave a door open, or ensure that another appropriate gender adult is within calling distance and that the child, young people or adult knows this – see Table 1.

  • If in a class with a single student, have an appropriate gender chaperone – see Table 1.



                Serial           No. in Group          Candidate             Leader           Category         Chaperone

                    1                          1                      Female                 Male                 Adult               Female

                    2                          1                        Male                   Male                 Adult                  Male

                    3                         2+                      Mixed                  Male                Young              Female

                    4                         2+                      Mixed                  Male                 Adult                   NR

                    5                         2+                      Mixed                  Male               Children            Female 

Table 1 – Group and Chaperone Guidance


  • Children awaiting collection after clubs and classes must be supervised and not left at risk.

  • Always speak and behave respectfully using appropriate and polite language avoiding shouting if possible and not indulging in gender negativity, sarcasm or unkind nicknames.  

  • Watch body language, avoiding any actions that could be misunderstood, especially physical contact; only touch a child, young person or adult to comfort them if it is absolutely essential, initiated by the child, young person or adult and with an aware witness.

  • Take special care if younger children need help with the toilet; if possible get parents to deal with soiling incidents; if not, ensure a female adult is present when washing or changing, even if this means getting another female to assist.

  • Be wise about sexual matters; avoid sexually suggestive comments and participating in rough, physical, or sexually provocative games. If sexual matters have arisen in the course of teaching, brief the parents/carers on the circumstances.

  • While this document has centred on concern for children, young people and adults, there is the matter of care for the other persons on the BOABC premises and actions, for example, a 2-person rule to be in place when a person may be of concern for the safety of other people.


6 Types of Abuse

Abuse, because it may not be expected in the circumstances, can exist and not be immediately recognized:

  • Physical - where bodies are hurt or injured.

  • Emotional - where stress, threats or taunts cause fear; or when responsibilities or group expectation give worry as they are beyond the person's capabilities.

  • Sexual - where adults (and sometimes other young people) use children to satisfy their own sexual desires, or where a child, young person or adult unknowingly behaves in an inappropriate way.

  • Neglect - where care fails to meet the need of children, young people and adults, leading to impaired health, behaviour and development.


7 Signs

Signs of abuse may be noticed/observed and might be incorrectly interpreted; there may be quite sensible other explanations so be very cautious about over-reacting; this could have a detrimental effect on the person and family. Age is no respecter of vulnerability so any of these signs could be present across the age spectrum:

  • Physical - unexplained or hidden injuries, pain; lack of medical attention, cognitive impairment.

  • Emotional - reverting to younger behaviour, nervousness, sudden under-achievement, attention-seeking, moving-away, stealing, lying.

  • Sexual - preoccupation with sexual matters evident in words, play, drawings; being sexually provocative with others; inappropriate body language, closeness and contact.

  • Neglect - looking ill-cared for and unhappy; being withdrawn or aggressive; having lingering injuries or health problems, smell.


8 Procedures if Abuse is Disclosed, Discovered or Suspected

If abuse is disclosed, discovered or thought to have occurred:

  • Immediately ensure that the child, young person or adult is safe and obtain the assistance of a responsible person.

  • Consult the Safeguarding Co-ordinator (or, if unavailable, the Deputy)

  • Do not:

  • Start to investigate.

  • Act alone.

  • Do not promise confidentiality.

  • Do not approach the parents.

  • If the person wants to talk there and then, ensure that there is a responsible person also present and take notes, using the person's exact words. Use open questions such as:

  • Tell me…

  • Explain…… (TED)

  • Describe…

  • If the Safeguarding Co-ordinator considers that there is cause for further action, they will inform:

  • who will decide:

      • Whether to inform the parents.

      • Whether to involve other Agencies, including the Police.

      • How to prepare for press enquiries.


9 Recording Action

The Safeguarding Co-ordinator shall compile a full report of the incident for delivery to the Church Officers as soon as possible so that an appropriate course of action may be considered.


10 Further References

Churches Child Protection Advisory Service (CCPAS) since 4 July 2018 has been re-named as “thirtyone:eight” (Proverbs 31:8); they have practical guidance leaflets entitled:

  • Work safely with children and young people.

  • Safeguarding adults.

  • Safeguarding co-ordinator.

  • Safeguarding checklist.


11 Document Maintenance

The BOAC Safeguarding Co-ordinator will review the Safeguarding document biennially and on the occasion of any applicable legislative changes.

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