SAFEGUARDING POLICY

Purpose
The purpose of this policy is to ensure that procedures are in place and people are clear about responsibilities for safeguarding.

Rationale
The trustees' of the Woodlands House of Prayer (Brunel Manor) take their responsibilities for safeguarding seriously. They believe that each person has a value and dignity that comes directly from the creation of a male and female in God’s own image and likeness.  Among other things, this implies a duty to value all people bearing the image of God and therefore to protect them from harm.

Principles
The trustees, staff and volunteers are committed to:

  • The safeguarding and protection of all children, young people and vulnerable adults.
  • The establishing of a caring community which provides a safe environment.
  • Keeping up-to-date with legislation and guidance to ensure best practice and undergoing training if and when appropriate.


Good Practice
We believe good practice means:

  • All people are treated with respect and dignity.
  • Trustees, staff and volunteers will not meet/work or pray alone with any guest where the activity cannot be seen.
  • When a person asks for prayer, at least 2 people will pray with that person or those persons.
  • Trustees, staff and volunteers will not touch someone inappropriately at any time.
  • Some workers will be asked to have checks carried out by the Independent Safeguarding Authority.
  • Each trustee, staff and volunteer has a duty to report immediately to the Centre Manager (Or in the case of the Centre Manager not being available, to the Chair of the Board) if they are aware of a situation where someone needs protection.
  • No promise of secrecy can be made to anyone who starts to disclose any aspect of abuse.
  • There is no place within the charity for any form of bullying or abuse; physical, emotional, spiritual, or racial.
  • Wise use of the internet, Facebook and other social media forums will be encouraged.


Key Concepts and definitions
Vulnerable Adults: any adult over the age of 18 or over who, by reason of mental or other disability, age, illness or other situation is permanently or, for the time being, unable to take care of him or herself, or to protect him or herself from significant harm of exploitation.

Safeguarding and protecting children and vulnerable adults: preventing physical, emotional and spiritual harm and ensuring safety.