Child Protection Policy

We, the members of St Andrew's United Reformed Church, Sheffield, affirm that we will seek to safeguard and promote the wellbeing of all people of all ages who use our premises. Every person entering our buildings shall be made to feel welcome and safe. All are to be valued for themselves, and as members of their own families and communities.

We acknowledge our own faith in God and respect the worldviews of others using our premises.

In particular we recognise that it is the responsibility of each one of us to prevent the physical, sexual or emotional abuse of anyone, especially of children, young people or vulnerable adults.

We recognise our responsibility to implement, maintain and review all procedures designed to prevent abuse.

We are committed to support, resource and train all our members who work with children and young people and to maintain links with statutory child care authorities.

The relevant statutory authorities are:
Sheffield Safeguarding Children Board
Contact: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
First Point, Howden House, Union Street,
Sheffield S1 2SH, Tel: 0114 273 4855
http://www.sheffield.gov.uk/safe--sound/protection-from-abuse/sscb
Police: Tel: 0114 2202020

If you need to pass on sensitive information you have received from a child or young person, or you suspect that a child or young person is being abused in any way, you should contact either:

Dr Jean Dickson - Church Child Safety Officer (jean.g.dickson [at] gmail.com)

Mrs Sheila Dunstan - Elder for Children's work (sdunstan [at] blueyonder.co.uk) or

Prof Ian Cooke - Church Secretary (i.d.cooke [at] sheffield.ac.uk)

This should be done as follows:
supplying the name of the child, his/her family and address and date of birth
writing down the information you have been told
not checking back with the child concerned unless there is obvious physical damage, but in such a case, before you check back contacting one of the named people and getting advice as to how to proceed.
if the person involved is in the congregation, getting advice from the statutory authorities and then if appropriate separating them from work with children (though this cannot apply to members of the child's own family).