Family Ministries

Safeguarding and Domestic Abuse

Protection of Children and Adults at Risk of Harm

Seventh-day Adventists believe that safeguarding the spiritual, emotional and physical well-being of the vulnerable is integral to practically demonstrating the grace of Christ in our churches and communities.

Family Ministries, Children's Ministries and the Secretariat Department oversee the implementation of the Church's safeguarding policy, Keeping Our Church Family Safe, to ensure best practice in the protection of children and adults at risk.

Introduction
Section A - Policy Statement
Section B - Choosing the Right Staff
Section C - Managing Staff Church Members and Volunteers
Section D – Training
Section E - Working Safely
Section F - Responding to Concerns
Section G - Responding to Concerns
Section H - Implementation of Policy
Appendices - National References & Resources
Appendix 1 - Code of Conduct
Appendix 2 - Safeguarding Roles and Responsibilities
Appendix 3 - Sample Role Description
Appendix 4 - Self-Declaration Form
Appendix 5 - Request for Reference
Appendix 6 - Reference Form
Appendix 7 - Church Safeguarding Statement
Appendix 8 - Safeguarding Contact Details
Appendix 9a - Risk Assessment Guide
Appendix 9b - Activities and Events Risk Assessment
Appendix 10 - Online and Digital Safety
Appendix 11 - Photographs and Filming
Appendix 11b - Photographs and Filming Consent
Appendix 12 - Agreement of Care
Appendix 13 - Responding to Abuse Recording Sheet
Flowchart - How to Respond to Concerns of Possible Abuse
ENGLAND PROCEDURES – Foreword
ENGLAND PROCEDURES - Section I - Protection of Adults at Risk of Harm
ENGLAND PROCEDURES - Section J - Protection of Children from Harm
ENGLAND PROCEDURES - Section K - Public Protection
ENGLAND PROCEDURES - Appendix 14 - Legislation and Protection of Children and Adults at Risk
ENGLAND PROCEDURES - Appendix 15 - Definition of Abuse – Children
ENGLAND PROCEDURES - Appendix 16 - Definition of Abuse - Adults at Risk
ENGLAND PROCEDURES - Appendix 17 - Flowchart - How to Respond to Concerns of Possible Abuse
IRELAND PROCEDURES – Foreword
IRELAND PROCEDURES - Section I - Protection of Adults at Risk of Harm
IRELAND PROCEDURES - Section J - Protection of Children from Harm
IRELAND PROCEDURES - Section K - Public Protection
IRELAND PROCEDURES - Appendix 14 - Legislation and Protection of Children and Adults at Risk - Northern Ireland
IRELAND PROCEDURES - Appendix 14 - Legislation and Protection of Children and Adults at Risk - Republic of Ireland
IRELAND PROCEDURES - Appendix 15 - Definition of Abuse – Children
IRELAND PROCEDURES - Appendix 16 - Definition of Abuse - Adults at Risk
IRELAND PROCEDURES - Appendix 17 - Flowchart - How to Respond to Concerns of Possible Abuse
SCOTLAND PROCEDURES – Foreword
SCOTLAND PROCEDURES - Section I - Protection of Adults at Risk of Harm
SCOTLAND PROCEDURES - Section J - Protection of Children from Harm
SCOTLAND PROCEDURES - Section K - Public Protection
SCOTLAND PROCEDURES - Appendix 14 - Legislation and Protection of Children and Adults at Risk
SCOTLAND PROCEDURES - Appendix 15 - Definition of Abuse – Children
SCOTLAND PROCEDURES - Appendix 16 - Definition of Abuse - Adults at Risk
SCOTLAND PROCEDURES - Appendix 17 - Flowchart - How to Respond to Concerns of Possible Abuse
WALES PROCEDURES – Foreword
WALES PROCEDURES - Section I - Protection of Adults at Risk of Harm
WALES PROCEDURES - Section J - Protection of Children from Harm
WALES PROCEDURES - Section K - Public Protection
WALES PROCEDURES - Appendix 14 - Legislation and Protection of Children and Adults at Risk
WALES PROCEDURES - Appendix 15 - Definition of Abuse – Children
WALES PROCEDURES - Appendix 16 - Definition of Abuse - Adults at Risk
WALES PROCEDURES - Appendix 17 - Flowchart - How to Respond to Concerns of Possible Abuse
 

Keeping Our Church Family Safe awareness and 'Good Practice' training is conducted at the local church level by the Designated Safeguarding Person (DSP).

The local Conference/Mission is responsible for the training of local church DSPs. Please contact your Conference/Mission for dates of training. A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is required for all those who lead or volunteer for work with children and adults at risk. The local church DBS Clerk (formerly Child Safety Representative) ensures that these checks are conducted. The local church DBS Clerk receives training and guidance from the Conference Executive Secretariat Department or from the BUC Executive Secretariat Department for the Missions.

The DSP and DBS Clerk are distinctive roles but in smaller churches, the role can be held by the same person.

Domestic Abuse

The Seventh-day Adventist Church places great importance on family life and affirms the dignity and worth of each human being. It decries all forms of physical, spiritual, economic, sexual, emotional and psychological abuse. Such behaviour undermines our biblical and moral values and destroys the trust between people within our community.

Please download our Safe at Home - Domestic Abuse Policy and Procedures.

Introduction
Section A - Aims of this Policy
Section B - Policy Statement
Section C - The Nature and Impact of Domestic Abuse
Section D – Areas of Responsibility in the Local Church
Section E - Training for Church Leaders
Section F - Collaboration with Outside Agencies
Section G - How Can Churches Address Domestic Abuse
Section H - What To Do When A Disclosure Is Made
Section I - Domestic Abuse and the Criminal Justice System
Section J - Mental Health and Domestic Abuse
Section K - Follow Up and Record Keeping
Section L - Safety of Church Workers
Section M - Pastoral Support for Perpetrators
References and Resources
Appendix 1 - General Conference Statement on Abuse and Family Violence
Appendix 2 - The Church’s Charter on Domestic Abuse
Appendix 3 - Flowchart - How to Respond to a Domestic Abuse Disclosure
Appendix 4 - Domestic Abuse and the Bible
Appendix 5 - Challenging Misconceptions About Domestic Abuse 
Appendix 6 - Responding to Domestic Abuse – Recording Sheet
Appendix 7 - When to Refer
Appendix 8 - Domestic Violence Personalized Safety Plan 
Appendix 9 - Personal Safety Precautions for Pastoral Carers
Appendix 10 - Confidentiality and Data Protection

Jointly with our sister department Women's Ministries, we support the End It Now initiative which seeks to end of all types of abuse against women globally. For more information visit www.adventistwomensministries.org and click on EnditNow. The annual Abuse Prevention Emphasis Day material can also be found on this site. Informative leaflets on this topic can also be downloaded.

Safeguarding Agencies 

Thirtyone:Eight (formally Churches' Child Protection Advisory Service)

Thirtyone:Eight is an independent Christian charity providing professional advice, training, support and resources in all areas of safeguarding children and adults at risk of harm. It exists to safeguard children and adults at risk throughout the UK. ThirtyOne:Eight also provides support for those who are or have been affected by abuse or harm. For more information, visit the Thirtyone:Eight website.

National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)

NSPCC is the UK’s leading children's charity, specialising in child protection and dedicated to the fight for every child. NSPCC is the only UK children's charity with statutory powers which means, it can take action to safeguard children at risk of abuse. Visit the NSPCC website for more information.

Women's Aid

Women’s Aid is a national charity working to end domestic abuse against women and children. It has been at the forefront of shaping and coordinating responses to domestic violence and abuse through practice for over 40 years. Women's Aid empowers survivors by keeping their voices at the heart of their work, working with and for women and children by listening to them and responding to their needs. Visit the Women's Aid website.

ManKind Initiative

The ManKind Initiative was the first charity in Great Britain to support male victims of domestic abuse (registered in 2001). For over 15 years they have been at the forefront of providing services and support for male victims and campaigning to ensure that male victims receive the support they need from other organisations. Visit the ManKind Initiative website.

Action on Elder Abuse (AEA)

Action on Elder Abuse (AEA) is a specialist organisation with a growing staff in all four nations of the UK. AEA focuses exclusively on the issue of elder abuse. AEA strives for a society which values older people and one in which they and other adults can live free from abuse perpetrated by those in whom they have an expectation of trust. Where such abuse occurs, they seek an environment in which it can be quickly identified and addressed. Visit the AEA website.

Helplines 

  • Childline - 0800 1111
  • NSPCC - 0808 800 5000
  • Thirtyone:Eight (formally Churches Child Protection Advisory) - 0303 003 1111
  • Women's Aid - 0808 2000 247
  • ManKind Initiative - 01823 334 244
  • Men's Advice Line - 0808 801 0327 

Resources

Visit our Emotional Wellbeing page for a list of helpful organisations.