Child Safety in the Antioch Community
The members of the Antioch Community value Children; they wish to ensure that their welfare is promoted and that they are protected from harm. These values are integral to the teachings of the Antioch Community, its covenant of membership and way of life. In obedience to the law of England, all charities must have a formal Child Safety Policy in place; this document, therefore, covers aspects that are already integral to its community life.
The Antioch Child Safety Policy covers the legal requirements for documentation of operational and safety procedures during Antioch activities (including [Youth:link] activities, as this is an outreach of the Antioch Community), the employment and training in this Policy of voluntary and paid Children’s workers, and the courses of action that should be taken should there be allegations or discovery of abuse of children or adults. Underpinning these legal requirements, the Policy also reminds Antioch members of the behaviour expected of both old and young that encourages mutual dignity and respect. This policy will be reviewed annually.
Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and all members of the Antioch Community, and visitors to the Antioch Community, are given access to this policy. All members of the Antioch Community are annually invited to a training sesson on this policy. Parents and Children’s Workers have a specific responsibility for Safeguarding. Safeguarding concerns physical safety due to the environment as well as interactions with others, and, as such, concerns child abuse. Child abuse is any action by another person – adult or child – that causes significant harm to a child. It can be physical, sexual or emotional, but can just as often be about a lack of love, care and attention.
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