Wood Lane Baptist Church

Child Protection

Policy Statement on
Children, Young People, Vulnerable Adults and the Church.

This statement was agreed at the Church Meeting held on 17th January 1996 and amended at the Annual General Meeting on the 5th April 2006.

It will be read annually at the Annual General Meeting held in the month of April, where progress in carrying it out will be monitored.

  • As members of this Church, we commit ourselves to the nurturing, protection and safekeeping of all, especially children, young people and vulnerable adults.
  • It is the responsibility of each one of us to prevent the physical, sexual and emotional abuse of children, young people and vulnerable adults and to report any abuse discovered or suspected.
  • We recognise that our work with children, young people and vulnerable adults is the responsibility of the whole church.
  • The church is committed to selecting, supporting, resourcing, training and supervising all those who work with children, young people and vulnerable adults.
  • The church is committed to following and adopts the guidelines and procedures published by the Baptist Union of Great Britain in its booklets Safe to Grow and Safe to Belong.
  • As part of our commitment to children, young people and vulnerable adults, the church has appointed the Minister and Secretary to be their Child Protection Advisors. Their role will be regularly explained to the children and young people.

Each worker with children, young people and vulnerable adults MUST know the recommendations, and undertake to observe them. Each shall be given a copy of the Church's agreed procedures and Good Practice Guidelines.

Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults are part of our Church today. They have much to give as well as to receive. We will listen to them. As we nurture them in worship, learning, and in community life,we will respect the wishes and feelings of Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults.