Just about everyone in the church is a volunteer because all of us are called to join in with the ongoing mission of God in the world and we are all called to bless the wider community in some way. However, if you are over 16 and called to work regularly (as defined by the church guidelines) with children, young people or vulnerable adults then you will be recruited in line with the diocesan safeguarding policy.
Once you have been identified as a potential worker with children, young people or vulnerable adults, the following process will be followed before you commence work:
- You will complete a Volunteer Registration Form and hand it to the supervisor or leader of that ministry.
- Your referee will be contacted to obtain a reference.
- You will complete an Enhanced DBS check with a church safeguarding officer.
- You will receive appropriate training (if required).
You will need to have read and understood the Guidelines for Volunteers.
If you are working with children or young people then you will need to be familiar with the Child-Safeguarding-v 6 5 May 2015.
If you are working with vulnerable adults then you will need to be familiar with the Vulnerable Adult Safeguarding Policy.
The Safeguarding Officer for vulnerable adults is Morag Kingsbury. Morag can be contacted on 01297 443947 or via the contact form.
The Safeguarding Officer for children and young people is Brenda Soldan. Brenda can be contacted on 01297 553269 or via the contact form.
Uplyme Church has its own Child Safeguarding Policy.
The safeguarding policy document for the diocese of Exeter is called Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults and is based on the Church of England documents Promoting a Safe Church and Protecting all God’s Children.