Safeguarding and our commitment.

The following is a brief description of our organisation and the type of work / activities we undertake with children and adults who have care and support needs:

Love Black Country is a networking organisation for churches, businesses and charities across the Black Country. As part of this there may be events where children and/or youth will join from a variety of different churches and those not part of a church. The venues will vary depending on numbers and activities offered.  They will often be in a church building but could also be in a secular building or open space such as a park.  There will be occasions where churches join together for a variety of reasons such as prayer, worship, teaching and networking and there may be times where this includes children and adults who have care and support needs.Our commitment

As a Core Team we recognise the need to provide a safe and caring environment for children, young people and adults.  We acknowledge that children, young people and adults can be the victims of physical, sexual and emotional abuse, and neglect.  We accept the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant of Human Rights, which states that everyone is entitled to “all the rights and freedoms set forth therein, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status”.  We also concur with the Convention on the Rights of the Child which states that children should be able to develop their full potential, free from hunger and want, neglect and abuse.   They have a right to be protected from “all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment or exploitation, including sexual abuse, while in the care of parent(s), legal guardian(s), or any other person who has care of the child.”  As a Leadership we have therefore adopted the procedures set out in this safeguarding policy in accordance with statutory guidance.  We are committed to build constructive links with statutory and voluntary agencies involved in safeguarding.

We have a policy and practice guidelines that are based on the ten Safe and Secure safeguarding standards published by the Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service (CCPAS).

The Leadership undertakes to:

  • endorse and follow all national and local safeguarding legislation and procedures, in addition to the international conventions outlined above.
  • provide on-going safeguarding training for all its workers and will regularly review the Good Practice Guidelines attached.
  • ensure that the premises meet the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 and all other relevant legislation, and that it is welcoming and inclusive.
  • support the Safeguarding Coordinator in their work and in any action they may need to take in order to protect children and adults with care and support needs.