Child Protection Mission Statement
The church leadership at TCC recognises the importance of its ministry to children and young people and its responsibility to to protect and safeguard the welfare of children and young people entrusted to the church's care.
As part of its mission, the Church is committed to:
Valuing, listening to and respecting children and young people as well as promoting their welfare and protection
Safe Recruitment, supervision and training for all the children's/youth workers within the church
Adopting a procedure for dealing with concerns and possible abuse
Encouraging and supporting parents/carers/guardians
Supporting thise affected by abuse in the Church
Maintaining good links with the statutory childcare authorities and other organisations
The Church leadership recognises the need to provide a safe and caring environment for children and young people. It also acknowledges that children and young people can be the victims of physical, sexual, emotional abuse as well as neglect. The leadership has therefore adopted the procedures set out in the child protection policy for TCC. It also recognises the need to build constructive links with statutory and voluntary child protection agencies. The policy and practice guidelines are based on a model published by the Churches' Child Protection Advisory Service (CCPAS) and prepared in consultation with the AOG and Local Authorities.
The leadership undertake to file a copy of the policy and practice guidelineswith CCPAS and Children's Social Services, and any amendments subsequently published. The leadership agrees not to allow the document to be copied by other organisations. The leadership is committed to on going child protection training for all the children/youth workers and will regularly review the operational guidlines attached. The leadership also undertake to follow the principles found within the Abuse of Trust guidance issued by the Home Office and it is unacceptable for those in a position of trust to engage in any behaviour which might allow a sexual relationship to develop for as long as the relationship of trust continues.