Safeguarding at Midstocket Church
We as a church take the protection of children and vulnerable adults very seriously. We are fully compliant with the Church of Scotland Safeguarding procedures, which are detailed below. Should you have any concerns regarding the welfare of any children or vulnerable adults taking part in church activities, or concerns about the behaviour of others towards children or vulnerable adults, please contact our safeguarding co-ordinator, Jim Repper, via the church office.
The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has agreed and adopted the following Policy Statements. These reflect the Church’s position on the protection of Children and Young people:
“It is the responsibility of each individual within the fellowship of the Church to prevent the physical, sexual or emotional abuse of children and young people.” “The Church of Scotland has a deep concern for the wholeness and wellbeing of each individual. It seeks to safeguard the welfare of all people, regardless of age, who come into contact with the Church and its organisations. It is the responsibility of each individual within the fellowship of the Church to prevent the physical, sexual or emotional abuse of children and young people”.
The Church of Scotland Safeguarding unit has overall responsibility within the wider ministry of the Church to support and advise paid Church of Scotland workers, volunteers, Ministers, Congregational and Kirk session members on all aspects of ‘Child Protection & Safety’ issues. The Safeguarding Office was developed from the Church’s Child Protection Unit.
The Safeguarding Office
The Safeguarding Office specifically exists to:
- continue the development of the Church of Scotland’s policy and procedure on child protection;
- coordinate the development of a system of national registration of voluntary workers;
- recruit, train and support a team of voluntary trainers in child protection across Scotland;
- facilitate, through the training network, training in child protection for volunteer workers and coordinators in congregations;
- develop resources relating to child protection;
- provide support, advice and guidance to congregations; and
- liaise with other church denominations, para-church bodies and other voluntary organisations.
The Code of Good Practice
At the General Assembly of 1997, Kirk Sessions were instructed to implement the Church of Scotland’s Code of Good Practice for Kirk Sessions and Congregations in the Church of Scotland. This Code consists of the following 13 articles which, when implemented, will help to ensure that the Church of Scotland has taken all reasonable steps to provide a high standard of care to children and young people.
1. Adopt the Policy Statement agreed by the General Assembly on safeguarding the welfare of children and young people.
2. Plan the work of the organisation so as to minimise situations where the abuse of children and young people may occur.
3. Appoint a suitable person as Co-ordinator for the Safety and Protection of Children and Young People.
4. Apply agreed procedures for protecting children and young people to all paid staff and volunteers.
5. Give all paid staff and volunteers’ clear roles.
6. Use supervision as a means of protecting children and young people.
7. Treat all applicants for any position involving contact with children and young people in the same way.
8. Gain at least one reference from a person who has experience of the applicant’s paid work or volunteering, if any, with children or young people.
9. Explore all applicants’ experience of working or contact with children or young people in an interview before appointment.
10. Find out whether an applicant has any conviction for criminal offences against children or young people (using the Enhanced Disclosure process)