Safeguarding young people and children

  • As one of its major activities the church leadership seeks to serve the needs of young people, promoting holistic development.

  • In doing so, we take seriously the welfare of all young people and children who come onto its premises or who are involved in its activities.

  • We aim to ensure that they are welcomed into a safe, caring, Christian environment with a happy and friendly atmosphere.

  • We recognise that it is the responsibility of the Minister, Church Elders, and Associated Group Officers and their activity leaders, paid or unpaid, to prevent the neglect, physical, sexual or emotional abuse of young people and children and to report any abuse discovered or suspected.

  • We recognise our responsibility to implement, maintain and regularly review procedures, which are designed to prevent and to be alert to such abuse.

  • We are committed to supporting, resourcing and training those who work with young people and children and to providing supervision.

  • We are committed to maintaining good links with the statutory child care authorities.

  • We are committed to working within the guidelines of the URC Good Practice procedures.