We aspire to be a loving community, offering a welcoming environment in which everybody can flourish. Safeguarding involves keeping both children and ‘adults at risk’ safe from harm.
A child is legally defined as someone who has not yet reached their 18th birthday. An ‘adult at risk’ is someone aged 18 or over, who by reason of mental or other disability, age, illness or other situation, are permanently, or for the time being, unable to take care for themselves, or to protect themselves from significant harm, abuse or exploitation.
Whatever the demographic of your church community, safeguarding is vital. In Wales, every church has charitable status, and therefore falls under regulatory direction of the Charity Commission. The serving Elders and Minister in each church have ‘primary responsibility’ for safeguarding in their church. This includes a duty to ensure compliance with legislation, policy and procedures. Safeguarding resources for churches (including policies, procedures and contact information) are available from Church House. Please also see Safer Election of Elders. A link to Wales Safeguarding Procedures can be found here.
Diana Taylor is the Safeguarding Officer for the National Synod of Wales and can be contacted by email or phone on 07883 361093. Judy Harris is the Deputy Safeguarding Officer and can be contacted by email or phone via the Synod Office on 029 2019 5728.
Safeguarding training is regularly available for all those working with children, young people and adults at risk, and is also important for ministers and elders. Safeguarding training should:
- equip you to create a church culture that is safer for all
- inform you about safeguarding issues relevant to your context
- alert you to statutory safeguarding requirements
- enable you to respond appropriately
Intermediate safeguarding training will run in three modules. Each module will be 90 minutes long and will be delivered online via zoom. Sessions are designed to be relevant and interactive.
In 2022, we plan to run Intermediate training three times throughout the year on the following dates:
- Safeguarding Awareness – Saturday 10 September, 9.30-11.00am
- Safer People – Saturday 1 October, 9.30-11.00am
- Safer Places – Saturday 5 November, 9.30-11.00am
Booking for these sessions will be available at a later date.
Creating a church culture that is safer for all