Burnley and Pendle Methodist Circuit

God's grace in word and action

Safeguarding InformationEmail: lamledra@hotmail.com     Tel 432987

Church Website Child Protection

... keeping our children safe on the Internet

Most churches these days have some form of child protection policy. But few churches consider how this should be applied to the church website. As you don't know who will be visiting your site, following these guidelines should keep you in the clear:

  • Never include the names of children on the church site
  • Avoid using children's names in image filenames (use something generic, like image1.jpg) and image descriptions
  • Image descriptions should say something broad, yet applicable; for example, 'Sunday School Fun'
  • Don't include too many pictures of children on your web site (always get signed parental permission for pictures)
  • Consider using generic stock photography of children.
  • Never give out email addresses belonging to children
  • For their protection, you may wish to have a discussion in your church youth group about safe surfing. Get someone 'in the know' to lead this discussion

Statement of safeguarding principles

Every person has a value and dignity which comes directly from the creation of humans in God’s own image and likeness. Christians see this potential as fulfilled by God’s re-creation of us in Christ. Among other things this implies a duty to value all people as bearing the image of God and therefore to protect them from harm.

Principles

We are committed to:

·         the care and nurture of, and respectful pastoral ministry with, all children, young people and adults

·         the safeguarding and protection of all children, young people and adults when they are vulnerable

·         the establishing of safe, caring communities which provide a loving environment where there is informed vigilance as to the dangers of abuse.

We will carefully select and train all those with any responsibility within the Church, in line with safer recruitment principles, including the use of criminal records disclosures and registration with the relevant vetting and barring schemes.

We will respond without delay to every complaint made which suggests that a child, young person or adult may have been harmed, cooperating with the police and local authority in any investigation.

We will seek to work with anyone who has suffered abuse, developing with them an appropriate ministry of informed pastoral care.

We will seek to challenge any abuse of power, especially by anyone in a position of trust.

We will seek to offer pastoral care and support, including supervision and referral to the proper authorities, to any member of our Church community known to have offended against a child, young person or vulnerable adult.

In all these principles, we will follow legislation, guidance and recognised good practice.

Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and Guidance for the Methodist Church in Britain